Army Ordnance Corps

A commemorative postage stamp on the Bicentenary of the Army Ordnance Corps :

Issued by India634 Army Ordnance Corps

Issued on Apr 8, 1975

Issued for : The Army Ordnance Corps celebrated its bicentenary in 1975. The Posts and Telegraphs Department is happy to bring out a commemorative stamp on this occasion.

Description of Design : The illustration on the stamp symbolises stylised form of a cannon. The varying thickness and colours of the three cannons represent the growth of the Army Ordnance Corps from 1775 till the present day.

Designed by : Shri Benoy Sarkar

Type : StampMint Condition

Watermark : No

Colour : Orange and Black

Denomination : 25 Paise

Overall Size : 3.91 X 2.90 cms.

Printing Size : 3.56 X 2.54 cms.

Perforation : 13 x 13

Paper : unwatermarked adhesive stamp paper

Stamps Printed : 30,00,000 in sheets of 35

Printing Process : Photogravure

Printed at : India Security Press

About : 

  • The battle-worthiness of a modern army depends to a great extent upon the availability of required munitions of war at the right time and place. The Army Ordnance Corps has fulfilled this pivotal role for the last two centuries. From the days of the muskets of the Presidency Armies to the electronically-operated guns of today, the Corps has had a long history and has borne the impact of changes with foresight and dynamism.
  • The Corps had its origin in 1775 when a Board of Ordnance was planned and recommended by the then Commander-in-Chief, Lt. General Sir John Clavering. It was re-organized in 1884. In 1922, the ordnance and clothing services under the Director of Equipment and Ordnance Stores were styled as Indian Army Ordnance Corps (IAOC). The services rendered by the Corps during the Second World War marked another glorious chapter in its history. In December 1970, the Corps had the privilege of being presented its colours by the Vice-President of India.
  • The Army Ordnance Corps is one of the most complex organizations in the Indian Army today. The diversity of range of stores and equipment provided by the Corps in terms of the number of items, their size, volume and value remains unequalled by even the largest and best-equipped inventory holder in the country. The Corps provides every conceivable requirement of the soldier and paramilitary forces with the exception of only rations, fuel, medical supplies and certain specialized engineering equipment.

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