Amazing Facts about the World's 3rd Largest Standing Army

YB WEB DESK. Dated: 7/9/2017 7:56:34 PM


Indian Army a name that makes me feel proud every time I pronounce it. Just like me, many out there who love their country have immense respect for those who are guarding our frontiers. These brave hearts work day and night to serve the nation on the border and make us sleep peacefully at homes. So, let’s see 10 amazing and unique facts about Indian Army.

1) INDIA HAS THE HIGHEST BATTLEFIELD IN THE WORLD

This is an amazing fact that made Indian Army way different from others. Siachen Glacier, a battlefield situated at 5000 meters above Mean Sea Level (MSL) is being controlled by the Indian Army.This is the most crucial strategic points for the country.


2) INDIA HAS THE LARGEST VOLUNTEER ARMY IN THE WORLD

In India, it is not compulsory to join Army once in your life. Soldiers are appointed based on their application. This fact makes Indian Army stand out different in the world.


3) INDIAN ARMY HAS THE BEST SOLDIERS IN HIGH ALTITUDE AND MOUNTAIN WARFARE

You may get surprised after knowing that the Indian Army’s High Altitude Warfare School (HAWS) is one of the most elite military training schools in the world. Every year super power countries send their special operations teams at this training center to make them learn how to fight in wars in mountain and high-altitude zones.


4) IN 1971 WAR JUST 120 INDIAN ARMY SOLDIERS DEFEATED 2000 PAKISTANI SOLDIERS

Just 120 Indian soldiers defeated a grand brigade of 2000 Pakistani soldiers who were backed by 45 tanks and 1 mobile infantry platoon in the Battle of Longewala fought in December 1971 between India and Pakistan. And for your shock, there were only two casualties on the Indian side. Salute!


5) 3RD LARGEST MILITARY CONTINGENT IN THE WORLD

After USA and China, India has the largest military contingent in the world. It has more than 13,25,000 active troops and more than 960,000 reserve troops.


6) INDIAN ARMY HAS ABOUT 53 CANTONMENTS AND 9 ARMY BASES

This will definitely blow your mind! Indian Army has about 53 cantonments and 9 army bases, spread across India.


7) INDIAN ARMY HAS A CAVALRY REGIMENT

The 61st Cavalry Regiment of the Indian Army is believed to the largest non-ceremonial horse-mounted cavalry unit. There are only 3 such regiments in the world.


8) THE HIGHEST BRIDGE IN THE WORLD WAS BUILT BY THE INDIAN ARMY

The Baily Bridge is the highest bridge in the world, located in the Ladakh valley between the Dras and Suru rivers in the Himalayas. It was constructed by the Indian Army in 1982.

 

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