A commemorative postage stamp on the Presentation of Colours to the Mechanized Infantry Regiment of Indian Army :
Issued by India
Issued on Feb 24, 1988
Issued for : The Department of Posts is happy to issue a stamp on the Mechanised Infantry Regiment to which the President of India today presents colours to laud its sacrifices for the country.
Description of Designs : The designs for the stamp, the first day cover and the cancellation are given by the Defence authorities. The final design of the cancellation was prepared by Smt. Nenu Gupta.
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Multi colour
Denomination : 100 Paise
Overall size : 3.91 X 2.90 cms.
Printing size : 3.55 X 2.54 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Paper : Imported unwatermarked adhesive gravure coated stamp paper
Number Printed : 1,50,00,00
Number per issue sheet : 35
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printed : India Security Press
- Mobile Infantry has been an important battle-winning factor in war since time immemorial. The chariots of the Mahabharata, the hordes of the Huns, the Dragoons of Napoleonic France and the Panzergrenadiers of Hitler‘s Wehrmacht were the forerunners of today’s mechanised infantry wits its air transportable characteristics, amphibious capability and inherent dominance of the equipment-intensive land battlefield battle groups, the answer to tomorrow’s high-technology warfare.
- In the late sixties some of our finest infantry units were converted into mechanised infantry by equipping them with SKOT, BTR and TOPAS Armoured Personnel Carriers. Its components were provided with joint integrated training and a common battle-field philosophy to realise its full combat potential, by forming the Mechanised Infantry Regiment, on 20 March ’79, amalgamating into it the then existing mechanised infantry units.
- The mechanised infantry is assigned the vital task of disrupting the enemy design of battle by projecting itself onto the depth objectives of the enemy, in real time. The enemy is then delivered the coup-de-grace in conjunction with armour and other supporting arms. Specialised units of this Regiment armed with sophisticated anti-tank weapons systems and ultra modern radar and vision devices are utilised for discerning and identifying enemy thrust lines and reactions of highly sophisticated anti-tank missile systems.
- Equipped with highly versatile Infantry Combat Vehicle, the BMP and its variants, high-technology computers, state of art battlefield surveillance radars and sophisticated second generation guided missiles, the Mechanised Infantry Regiment will be a dreaded force-multiplier juggernaut in any future war with its battlecry of “BOLO BHARAT MATA KI JAI”.
- The units of the Mechanised Infantry have already proved their mettle during the 1971 Indo-Pak conflict, distinguished itself in internal security duties and during “CHETAK“, “DIGVIJAY“ and “BRASS TACKS“ simulated combat exercises.
- It has also produced sportsmen of national acclaim. Today the units of this Regiment guard the frontiers of the nation.
- Text, Courtesy: Defence authorities.