7th Light Cavalry of India
A commemorative postage stamp on the Bicentenary of 7th Light Cavalry Regiment, a regular army cavalry regiment of Indian Army :
Issued by India
Issued on Jan 7, 1984
Type : Stamp, Postal Used
Colour : Multi colour
Denomination : 100 Paise
- The 7th Light Cavalry was formed in 1784 from selected drafts of three regiments of local cavalry which had been taken over by the East India Company that year at Arcot near Madras.
- The Regiment during the period upto Independence has served with distinction both in India and overseas. The Regiment saw active service in World War I in Persia, Russia, Transcaspia and Afghanistan. During World War II, the Regiment fought in the siege of Imphal and later forged its way down Burma being the first to reach Rangoon. To honour its gallant actions the Regiment was selected by Lord Louis Mountbatten, SEAC, as the only cavalry regiment to represent the Occupation Forces in Japan from the entire Commonwealth cavalry regiments.
- Post Independence, the 7th Light Cavalry has participated in all battles fought in the country. These achievements, in broad outline, are given below :
- Jammu and Kashmir Operations. During 1947-49, the Regiment was employed in the Valley to drive away the Pakistani raiders. Thereafter, the Regiment fought the battles of Uri, Naushera, Poonch and Jhangar to finally crown its achievements by creating world history by taking tanks to the impossible heights of 11,000 feet at Zoji La which enabled the securing of the Ladakh province.
- Goa Operations 1961. In 1961, the 7th Light Cavalry led the advance of the Army on two of three axes into Goa to finally liberate the State.