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Government of India

30 March 2006
  Ministry of Defence  
 
62 CAVALRY RAISING DAY

 
  17:33 IST  
 
  62 CAVALRY was raised by Lt Col RS Butalia on 31 Mar 1957 at Ambala Cantonment. Drawn from the existing cavalry regiments of the time, 62 CAVALRY is constituted from the three warrior classes of SIKH, JAT and DOGRAs.

The Regiments was born as the First Armoured Regiment to be raised in Independent India and was the First Indian Armoured Regiment to be raised entirely on Tanks. Merely into its n! inth year, 62 CAVALRY took on the elite of Pakistanís Armour head on in the 1965 operations. And a fight that what was initially perceived as an unequal struggle between the humble Sherman and the potent Patton would take the world by surprise, as 62 CAVALRY outgunned and out-tanked the might of modern metallurgy. The Regiment was honoured by the President during its silver Jubilee, when Late Shri Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy presented a Guidon to the Regiment on 31 March 1981.

The Regiment now gears up to celebrate its Golden Jubilee with in an impressive mounted parade to be reviewed by the Chief of Army Staff on 31 March 2006. During the parade the COAS will bestow the Regiment with a Standard in reco! gnition of its achievements. The celebrations will be graced by the Honourable Chief Minister of Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh, in recognition of the services rendered by 62 CAVALRY personnel who hail from Punjab apart from Lt Gen GD Singh, Deputy Chief of Army Staff (P&S), the Colonel of the Regiment of 62 CAVALRY.

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