HISTORY
 
Meiktila
The newly raised 1st Battalion joined the battlefronts of the 14th Army just a little after three years of being raised. The Battalion was flown to Meiktila (Burma) in February 1945 and became part of the 17th Division (Black Cat). The soldiers of the Battalion gave ample proof of, their valour, fighting in the jungles of Burma for eight months, they won the Battle Honours. "Defence of Meiktila": " Burma 1942-45''; "Rangoon Road"; "Pyabwe" and "Sittang 1945". General Frank Messervy praised the performance of the 1st Battalion he wrote to General Sir Claude Auchinleck, "I THOUGHT YOU WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HOW WONDERFULLY WELL THE 1st SIKH LI HAVE DONE IN BATTLE. THE COMMANDER IS DELIGHTED WITH THEM: HE SAYS HE HAS NEVER SEEN BETTER INFANTRY: THEY HAVE SHOWN TREMENDOUS DASH AND ENTHUSIASM AND THEIR SPIRIT IS MAGNIFICENT".

Lt Gurpartap Singh informs Bn HQ over the field telephone of the capture of a hill position overlooking Taunggyi


Raising and Shifting of Centre
When the Regiment was raised it was located with the Jat Regimental Centre at Bareilly on October 15, 1945. It moved to Ferozepur on September 27, 1947. From Ferozepur the Regimental Centre came to Meerut where it was amalgamated with the Punjab Regimental Centre. On September 15, 1951, finally, after 11 years of this union the Sikh Light Infantry Regimental Centre was separated and came into its own as an independent Centre on April 1, 1963. The Regimental Centre finally moved to its permanent location to Fatehgarh, on 7th May 1976. The small town of Fatehgah is located on the banks of the Ganges and was founded by Nawab Mohammad Khan in 1720. The arrival of the Regiment to this location was nostalgic home coming. The Fatehgarh Levy, comprising of nine Companies of Mazbi and Ramdasia Sikhs was raised and stationed in the historic fort by the British in 1858. They were tasked to strengthen the fort defences and bridging the Ganges. The return of the Sikh Light Infantry was picturised with emotion in a trophy showing a mounted Sikh Pioneer led by a Sikh Light Infantry soldier.


Trophy Commemorating the Homecoming


Post Independence Era
The Battalions of the Sikh Light Infantry maintained the same rhythm in Independent India. Their past provided a radiant halo but their continued acts spoke for the present. The soldiers were now working for their own country and were indeed, proud of it. Once again they were on all the battlefronts striking terror in the hearts of the enemy and winning laurels. Lt Col RB Nanda, CO 4 SIKH LI accepted the surrender of all the Portuguese forces in Goa from the Governor General, Vassalo E Silva.


Portuguese Flag


4 SIKH LI in Goa

Right from the J & K Operations, to the Hyderabad Police Action and the Goa Operations; during the Chinese aggression in NEFA and Ladakh; and on the Westem front in 1965; and on both the Eastern and Western fronts in 1971, the soldiers of the Sikh Light Infantry fought for their motherland. They did well in Nagaland and Mizoram too. Likewise, in one of the international peace missions of the Army, in Gaza (1967), 1 Sikh LI did exceedingly well obtaining the commendation of the Secretary-General of the United Nations. In 2003, 15 Sikh LI was nominated for UN mission to Ethopia and Eritrea the battalion has done proud to the Regiment and Indian Army by their stellar performance. The earliest awards of the Regiment after Independence were won in 1956 when the 3rd Battalion served in the disturbed Naga Hills and Tuensang Area (now Nagaland) in aid of civil power.

Battling against heavy odds 2/Lt PM Raman after clearing locations Jyothsima, Khohame and Fekh reached Profeme whilst breaking an ambush, the brave officer made the supreme sacrifice for which he was awarded the Ashoka Chakra posthumously.



2 Lt PM Raman, Ashoka Chakra (Posthumous)


The Chinese Aggression 1962

During the Chinese aggression in 1962, the 1st , 2nd and 4th Battalions were rushed to NEFA (now Arunachal Pradesh). The 1st Battalion was placed at Bomdila while the 2nd and 4th Battalions were deployed at Se La and Jang. The brave soldiers fought bravely against all odds and gave a wonderful account of themselves even under the most unfavourable and trying conditions. Neither the tough harsh unknown terrain, nor the bad weather, nor the inediquate weapons and equipment nor the challenges of the enemy deter the daunting MAZBHI AND RAMDASIA SIKHS perform with excellence. The Regiment sacrificed 151 all ranks during the operation, which in itself speaks volumes of the courage and selfless dedication of these brave men. A bronze plaque with names of the brave 'SIKH LI' Soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice in the operation has been fixed in the war memorial at Tawang.




A war memorial at Tawang stands testimony to the great sacrifice made by the Indian Army. Sikh LI lost 11 officers, 15 JCOs, 183 ORs and 19 NCsE
 
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