The parachute regiment of the Indian army
In this post we will know about the Parachute Regiment, motto and its creation and war fought along with medals and decorations. This post will help you prepare for the SSB interview.
About the regiment
- The Parachute Regiment is an airborne infantry and special forces regiment of the Indian Army.
- The regiment has 17 battalions with the regimental centre in Bangalore.
- The regiment is also known as the “The Paras red devil”.
Motto-“Shatrujeet” (The Conqueror)
- The first Indian airborne formation was the British Indian Army's 50th Parachute Brigade raised on 29 October 1941.
- This formation consists of 151 Parachute Battalion,2 Parachute Battalion and 153 Parachute Battalion alongside other support units.
- 1944, the brigade was expanded to form the 44th Indian Airborne Division as the original 9th Airborne Division was to be named because the 44th Armoured Division was converted to an airborne unit.
- They fought many battles and took part in military operations during British rule.
- After independence and partition, the regiment was divided between the armies of India and newly formed Pakistan.
- India retained the Divisional HQ and the 50th and 77th Parachute Brigades, while the 14th Parachute Brigade went to Pakistan.
- This brigade consisted of battalions from different regiments: Punjab Regiment(Para), the Maratha Light Infantry (Para), and the Kumaon Regiment (Para).
- The uniform of their parent regiments remained the same except for a change in headgear to the maroon beret, and word 'Para' was added after their names.
- Their bravery was shown during 1947 war and also during 1971 war on Indo-Pak and Kargil war.
- Ther actively took part in operation Pawan, cactus and UN peacekeeping force.