A commemorative postage stamp on the Presentation of Regimental Guidon to the Deccan Horse :
Issued by India
Issued on Jan 9, 1984
Type : Stamp, Postal Used
Watermark : No
Colour : Multi colour
Denomination : 100 Paise
Printed at : India Security Press
- The Deccan Horse came into being as “Asif Jah’s Irregular Cavalry” in 1790. It was raised under the Colours of the Nizam of Hyderabad in Berar under terms of the subsidiary alliance with the East India Company.
- During the Second World War, having converted to tanks, the regiment took part in the re-conquest of Burma. It won 36 gallantry awards and five battle honours which included “Meiktilla and Rengoon Road”, “Capture of Meiktilla”, “Defence of Meiktilla”, “Pyabwe” and “Burma 1942-45”.
- Immediately after Independence, one squadron of the regiment fought in the Jammu and Kashmir Operations (1948-49) and was largely instrumental in the recapture of Chhamb.
- During the 1965 Indo-Pak conflict, the regiment saw fierce action in the Khem Karan Sector. It was responsible for creating the ‘Patton Graveyard’. The regiment won 24 decorations and battle honours “Asal Uttar” and “Punjab 1965”. The battle fought by the regiment broke the back of an enemy armoured and infantry division. The then Commandant of the Regiment, Lt. Col. (Now Gen.) A. S. Vaidya, was awarded the “Maha Vir Chakra” for leading the regiment gallantry.
- In the Indo-Pak conflict of 1971, The Deccan Horse was once again at the forefront of the hottest fight in Chhamb. Six Gallantry awards were won. The gallant battle by the Regiment blunted and stalled the largest offensive ever mounted by Pakistan since Independence. In recognition of its distinguished service, The Deccan Horse has now been selected for presentation of a “Guidon” by the President of India.