A commemorative postage stamp on the 200 Years of the Bengal Sappers :
Issued by India
Issued on Nov 7, 2003
Issued for : The year 2003 marks the bicentenary year of the raising of the Regiment and the Department of Posts commemorates this occasion through the issue of a postage stamp that features the legendary Madhumati Bridge.
Type : Stamp, Mint condition
Watermark : No
Colour : Multi Colour
Denomination : 500 Paise
Stamps Printed : 0.8 Million
Printer : India Security Press
- Among their notable feats are the construction of the airfield at Daulat Beg Oldi in 1962, the construction of Hajipur Road during the 1965 operations and the construction of the Naya Chhor track during the 1971 war. However, it was in the construction of the Madhumati Bridge that their technical finesse manifested itself in ample measure. This bridge, constructed in East Pakistan, was the longest bridge ever to be built by Sappers anywhere after the Second World War. The 58 Engineer Regiment of the Bengal Sappers provided support to the nuclear tests at Pokhran during Operation Shakti in 1998.
- The Bengal Sappers have been handsomely decorated having won 80 Battle Honours and 11 Theatre Honours. In fact, the 13th Battalion of the Bengal Sappers have the distinction of being awarded the first ever Indian Order of Merit for their gallant conduct in the storming of the Ghuznee Fort at Kabul in 1839. They have been presented the Regimental Colours by Shri R. Venkataraman, the then President of India, on 12 January, 1989.
- Another aspect of this multi-faceted Regiment that has won them laurels is their acumen in sports and adventure, particularly in mountaineering and sailing. Nine Arjuna Awards, Twenty Six International Gold Medals and three hundred & thirteen National Golds bear testimony to their sporting skills.
- Text : Based on material received from the sponsor.