A commemorative postage stamp on 175 years of the 14th Prince of Wales‘s Own Scinde Horse, a regular cavalry regiment of Bombay Army (later British Indian Army) :
Issued on Nov 16, 2012
Issued for : Department of Posts salutes the courage and valour of the Regiment by issuing a Commemorative Postage Stamp on The Scinde Horse.
Stamp/FDC/Brochure : Suresh Kumar
Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Multi colour
Denomination : 500 Paise
Stamps Printed : 0.3 Million
Printing Process : Wet Offset
Printer : India Security Press, Nashik
- The Scinde Horse was raised on 8th August, 1838 at Hyderabad in the Sind province of Pakistan by Capt. W. Ward to protect the British lines of communication to Baluchistan from the Baluchi marauders.
- The Scinde Horse proved its mettle in its first and famous Battle of Meeanee fought on 17th February, 1843 under the able leadership of Lt. Col. John Jacob, who was later named as the Father of the Regiment. The regiment displayed immense valour and defeated the formidable opponents. As a matter of respect to the gallant enemy, the Regiment adopted Baluchi warrior as its badge. The Regimental Trumpet Call is the old “Advanced Guard” of 1840. The Scinde Horse (14th PWO Cavalry) was the first regiment of the present Indian Armoured Corps to equip itself with armoured fighting vehicles.
- On 15th December, 1947, the first Indian Commandant Lieutenant Colonel P. L. Chopra took over command of the Scinde Horse from Lieutenant Colonel K. R. Brooke, the last British officer to command the Regiment. On 9th November, 1961, The Vice President of India Dr. S. Radhakrishnan presented a new standard to the Regiment. This was a unique honour as the Scinde Horse was the first Cavalry Regiment to receive the President’s Standard in Post Independence India.
- During the 1965 lndo Pak Conflict, the Regiment performed the role of ‘advance guard‘ of the 15 Infantry Division in Lahore sector, led the charge and captured Dograi, thus earning the battle honour Dograi and theatre honour Punjab 1965. In 1971 operations, the regiment spearheaded the advance of 36 Infantry Division. The Regiment has time and again lived up to its motto “Man dies but the Regiment Lives” and exhibited exemplary courage and valour.
- The Scinde Horse has also performed extremely well in various missions abroad and received many accolades and medals. On 24th August, 1994, it was awarded the United Nations Somalia Medal for OP UNOSOM II. The regiment has been awarded 26 battle honours and 19 theatre honours. On 25th February, 2011, the regiment was awarded the Army Commander South Western Command, Unit Citation. In addition, the regiment has also won various gallantry awards.
- Text : Based on the material provided by the proponent.