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Centre for Armed Forces Historical Research - CAFHR, USI

Centre for Armed Forces Historical Research - CAFHR, USI The Centre aims to study the history of the Indian Armed Forces with objectivity - covering different facets - strategic, tactical, logistical, organisational, socio-economic policies - and their implementation.

The Centre for Armed Forces Historical Research (CAFHR) was established under the aegis of the United Service Institution of India (USI) at the request of the three Service Headquarters with the purpose of encouraging objective study and research into various aspects of the history of the Indian Armed Forces. Squadron Leader (Retired) Rana T.S. Chhina, MBE is Secretary and Editor of CAFHR. He serv

The Centre for Armed Forces Historical Research (CAFHR) was established under the aegis of the United Service Institution of India (USI) at the request of the three Service Headquarters with the purpose of encouraging objective study and research into various aspects of the history of the Indian Armed Forces. Squadron Leader (Retired) Rana T.S. Chhina, MBE is Secretary and Editor of CAFHR. He serv

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The United Service Institution of India and the War Wounded Foundation are conducting a joint seminar on the subject: ‘W...
18/04/2022

The United Service Institution of India and the War Wounded Foundation are conducting a joint seminar on the subject: ‘War Disabled Personnel of Indian Armed Forces : Challenges, Concerns and Aspirations.’
The seminar is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, 19 April 2022 from 0900 hours, in the USI Auditorium.
We look forward to seeing you there!
The seminar proceedings will also be live-streamed on the following YouTube link - https://youtu.be/MNXnxa8z1s4

Please do join us!

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The MacGregor Memorial Medal
08/03/2022
The MacGregor Memorial Medal

The MacGregor Memorial Medal

Introduction Founded in 1870, for the promotion of interest in ‘Naval and Military Art, Science and Literature’, the United Service Institution (USI) of India was the […]

08/03/2022

The officiating Chairman COSC & COAS General Manoj Mukund Naravane PVSM AVSM SM VSM ADC is going to preside over the MacGregor Memorial Award ceremony on Tuesday 08 March 22 at 4.30 PM at the USI in presence of all Vice Chiefs and CISC.

09/02/2022

The USI-Centre for Military History and Conflict Studies (USI-CMHCS) in conjunction with the War Wounded Foundation is undertaking a study that will document findings based on ground realities to identify gaps and challenges in access to entitlements and benefits for war wounded and disabled cadets.
Mrs Meghna Girish has been awarded the first USI-War Wounded Foundation Chair of Excellence and is leading the study with a group of volunteers to collect survey data. We hereby request all war wounded and disabled cadets to participate in the study. To do so, please write to us at [email protected] or call on +91 9844011177.

Please share this widely and especially among any war wounded/disabled cadets that you may know!

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Fauji Kids for War Wounded Foundation India

28/01/2022

Hi everyone! The Centre has undertaken a project on the Gallantry Awardees of the Indian Armed Forces, and is looking for project interns and research assistants.

The responsibilities will be as follows:
· Conduct extensive research and preparing written information
· Collect, clean, and analyze secondary and primary data, and maintain databases
· Assist the research team in editing research pieces with a focus on structure, content, and style
· In addition, the incumbent might be required to undertake other tasks related to specific research, managing output timelines, coordination, communications, outreach, events, and external representation.

Qualifications/Skills Required:
1. Post-Graduate / Graduate in any relevant disciplines
2. Proficiency in English with effective writing skills

Write to us at [email protected] with your CV and recent writing samples.

15/01/2022

Hi everyone! Greetings on #ArmyDay2022
The United Service Institution of India (USI) in collaboration with the History Division, Ministry of Defence (MoD) is planning to create a Military Oral Archive for which a pilot project is underway. The aim of the archive will be to record the reminiscences of military veterans who have participated in various wars.
To this end, we are seeking volunteers, preferably students with a history background as well as others with an interest in military history, who can serve as Citizen Historians to conduct and record the interviews.
The pilot project will run from 01 Feb to 15 March 2022. A training programme to brief the prospective participants will be conducted online via the Cisco Webex platform on Tuesday, 18 Jan 2022 from 1030 hrs onwards.
Those interested are requested to send an email to [Email hidden] for further information.

Please join us on Wednesday, 01 Dec 2021 at 11:00 a.m. IST for a talk titled 'Frontline Commander : The Military Biograp...
29/11/2021

Please join us on Wednesday, 01 Dec 2021 at 11:00 a.m. IST for a talk titled 'Frontline Commander : The Military Biography of the Late Lt Gen Jaswant Singh'
The talk will be by Maj Gen AJS Sandhu, VSM (Retd), recipient of the CMHCS Chhatrapati Shivaji Chair Fellowship 2020-21.

For those interested, the Cisco Webex link and details are given below:
https://usiofindia.webex.com/usiofindia/j.php?MTID=ma288a3af7d5e9b19d94628e6c0b769d1
Meeting number: 2518 337 5004
Password: USICAFHR21

We will also be live on the United Service Institution of India 150 YouTube channel!

Two centuries ago, the military forces of the East India Company were the British empire’s largest armies.Rightly regard...
24/11/2021
Navigating Uncertainty - S2E07 - John Company's Armies: The Military Forces of British India

Two centuries ago, the military forces of the East India Company were the British empire’s largest armies.

Rightly regarded as ‘an extraordinary phenomenon’, they comprised a huge multi-ethnic force, the largest disciplined army in Asia and arguably the key element in Britain’s conquest of the Indian sub-continent. In 1857 the mutiny-rebellion utterly transformed this unique force.

Check out this Podcast by UNSW Canberra, with Professor Peter Stanley, author of the forthcoming book 'John Company's Armies' in discussion with Sqn Ldr Rana Chhina - https://soundcloud.com/unsw-canberra-podcasts/navigating-uncertainty-s2e07-john-companys-armies-the-military-forces-of-british-india

Two centuries ago, the military forces of the East India Company were the British empire’s largest armies. Rightly regarded as ‘an extraordinary phenomenon’, they comprised a huge multi-ethnic force

~ Remembrance Sunday 2021 On behalf of the 'India Remembers' project, Sqn Ldr Rana Chhina laid a Marigold Wreath at a Se...
15/11/2021

~ Remembrance Sunday 2021

On behalf of the 'India Remembers' project, Sqn Ldr Rana Chhina laid a Marigold Wreath at a Service of Remembrance at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery, New Delhi, yesterday.

Band of 6th Battalion the Sikh Regiment.

#RemembranceSunday #WeWillRememberThem #LestWeForget #IndiaRemembers

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#LestWeForget
11/11/2021

#LestWeForget

Today is Remembrance Day 🌹, marking the end of World War I. We also remember the brave Indian soldiers 🇮🇳 who fought during the First World War.

Indian military aviators flew 🛫 in the skies over Belgium 🇧🇪. Hardit Singh Malik, also known as the “Flying Sikh”, was the first Indian to be commissioned as an officer into a combatant arm.

He flew in the Battle of Passchendaele, also known as the Third Battle of Ypres in 1917. Malik served with distinction, ending the war with a German bullet in his leg, which he carried till the end of his days.

Hardit Singh Malik later became India’s Ambassador to France 🇫🇷 after independence. We will never forget 🌹.

Credits: ‘India in Flanders Fields’ 📕

📌 Diplomatie.Belgium, Centre for Armed Forces Historical Research - CAFHR, USI, India in Belgium (Embassy of India, Brussels), India in France (Embassy of India, Paris), French Embassy in India / Ambassade de France en Inde

~ "They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old, Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going ...
11/11/2021

~ "They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning
We will remember them."

#remembranceday2021 #lestweforget #IndiaRemembers

Join us on Friday, 15 October 2021 at 1900 hrs IST for a discussion on Dr Ghee Bowman's latest book "The Indian Continge...
08/10/2021

Join us on Friday, 15 October 2021 at 1900 hrs IST for a discussion on Dr Ghee Bowman's latest book "The Indian Contingent - The Forgotten Muslim Soldiers of the Battle of Dunkirk."

Live on Karwaan - The Heritage Exploration Initiative's YouTube Channel - https://youtube.com/c/KarwaanTheHeritageExplorationInitiative

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Last chance to book a vacancy for the USI-CMHCS's third Annual Military Museum Curators' Course which is conducted in as...
06/10/2021

Last chance to book a vacancy for the USI-CMHCS's third Annual Military Museum Curators' Course which is conducted in association with the National Army Museum UK!

The course will cater to those interested in Museology and cover a wide-range of museum styles, including general museums that have weapons-display and other elements of material culture linked to India's Military Heritage. It will be hosted virtually on Cisco Webex and for further information, please write to us at [email protected]

ADGPI - Indian Army To honour the sacrifice of Indian Servicemen during WW I, the United Service Institution of India (U...
04/10/2021

ADGPI - Indian Army
To honour the sacrifice of Indian Servicemen during WW I, the United Service Institution of India (USI) conceptualised and executed the plans for the construction of the Indian Great War Memorial at Villers-Guislain, France. The Mayor of Villers-Guislain was most supportive and helped us acquire the land and negotiate with the contractor and complete all formalities. Mr Ram Sutar sculpted the State Emblem here, which Air India helped us transport from Delhi to France. The on-site work was supervised by Sqn Ldr Rana Chhina, Centre for Armed Forces Historical Research - CAFHR, USI, and Maj Gen P K Goswami. The Indian Embassy helped us.
The Memorial was inaugurated by Shri M Venkaiah Naidu, Hon’ble Vice President of India, on 10 November 2018.

@PeekaySingh represented the USI and conducted the Vice President at the inaugural ceremony. #resharing

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India's contribution to the great war was commemorated at a ceremony at the Indian WW1 Memorial in Villers Guislain, #France jointly by #India and #France today.

#IndianArmy
#StrongAndCapable
#IndiaFranceFriendship

The USI-CAFHR is conducting it's third Annual Military Museum Curators' Course in association with the National Army Mus...
25/09/2021

The USI-CAFHR is conducting it's third Annual Military Museum Curators' Course in association with the National Army Museum UK, in October!

While it is primarily a course for Military Museums, it also caters for those interested in Museology and a wide-range of museum styles including museums that have weapons-display and other elements of material culture linked to India's Military Heritage.

For more information, please have a look at the flyer!

14/09/2021

Dr. Ajay Kumar, Defence Secretary, GoI will be delivering the 25th Colonel Pyara Lal Memorial lecture on "Aatmanirbhar Bharat in the Defence Sector: Challenges and Prospects" on 15 September 2021.

Col Pyara Lal AVSM is a venerated icon amongst Indian scholar professionals. He was appointed the Director USI while in service in 1957 and headed it till he passed away in harness in 1987. His 30-year contribution to strengthen the institution in the post- independence period is unmatched.
Join Us live on USI YouTube Channel https://youtu.be/MNc1m7m3pss

Please join us on Friday, 03 Sept 2021 at 2:30 p.m IST for a talk on the 'History of the Hong Kong-Singapore Royal Artil...
01/09/2021

Please join us on Friday, 03 Sept 2021 at 2:30 p.m IST for a talk on the 'History of the Hong Kong-Singapore Royal Artillery.'
The talk will be by Col Mandeep Singh (Retd), recipient of the CMHCS Maharana Pratap Chair Fellowship 2020-21.

For those interested, the Cisco Webex link and details are given below:
https://usiofindia.webex.com/usiofindia/j.php?MTID=madbb262a205b70ffc6d4894dae5aeeea

Meeting number: 170 150 6374
Meeting password: USICAFHR21

We will also be live on the United Service Institution of India 150 YouTube channel!

Check out the latest episode of The Blue Skies Podcast - https://blueskiespodcast.com/episodes which features a legendar...
31/08/2021
Riding the Wind: A Test Pilot's Story

Check out the latest episode of The Blue Skies Podcast - https://blueskiespodcast.com/episodes which features a legendary fighter pilot and test pilot of the Indian Air Force and HAL, Wg. Cdr. Padmanabha Ashoka. He speaks about various experiences in his long career as a test pilot, including doing a loop in an Avro, low level aerobatics in a MiG-21 and more.

His book, "Riding the Wind" can also be purchased at https://www.amazon.in/Riding-Wind-Test-Pilots-Story/dp/9388161645/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=p+ashoka&qid=1628657077&sr=8-4

Riding the Wind: A Test Pilot's Story

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26/07/2021

#KargilVijayDiwas2021

On this day in 1945, India became a founder of the United Nations along with 50 other member-states. Over 2.5 million In...
26/06/2021

On this day in 1945, India became a founder of the United Nations along with 50 other member-states.
Over 2.5 million Indian soldiers had volunteered to fight on the Allied side during the Second World War, which catalyzed the creation of the United Nations. 26 Allied nations had met in Washington in January 1942 and issued the "Declaration by United Nations" that launched the process to create the UN and its supporting institutions the IMF and World Bank between 1942-45.
The treaty (UN Charter) creating the United Nations was signed for British India by Sir Arcot Ramaswami Mudaliar (who had been active in Indian politics as a member of the Justice Party, and subsequently became the first elected President of the UN' Economic and Social Council/ECOSOC in 1946-47) and for India's Princely States by Sir V. T. Krishnamachari (who had been Dewan of Baroda from 1927-44, and subsequently became Prime Minister of Jaipur State from 1946-49, representing the Princely State as one of the two Vice Presidents of India's Constituent Assembly).
During the negotiations leading to the UN Charter, the Indian delegation is credited for having proposed three ideas that became part of the treaty's provision - the promotion of human rights as one of the objectives of the UN (Article 1.3), penalizing member states that failed to pay their assessed contributions (Article 19) and criteria for election of non-permanent member-states to the UN Security Council (Article 23).
Making India's statement at the First Session of the UN General Assembly on 18 January 1946, Sir Ramaswami Mudaliar had said India had (with several other countries) opposed the provision of the veto power of the five self-selected permanent members of the UN Security Council. However, the clear commitment in the Charter itself was that "at the end of the ten years' period when we re‐examine the Charter, there will be unanimity again, and that this United Nations Charter will not require all the safeguards which big nations sometimes claim and small nations so unwillingly give."
This review provision contained in Article 109 of the Charter was never implemented, leading to the ineffectiveness of the UN Security Council today. India's call for "reformed multilateralism" addresses this issue squarely.
Many ask what makes the membership of the UN relevant for India? It was Vijayalakshmi Pandit, leading the Indian delegation at the Second UN General Assembly Session, who pointed to the core interest of India on 17 September 1947, a month after India's independence from British colonial rule. She said "We cannot eat an ideology; we cannot brandish an ideology, and feel that we are clothed and housed. Food, clothing, shelter, education, medical services‐these are the things we need. We know that we can only obtain them by our joint efforts as a people, and with the help and co‐ operation of those who are in more fortunate circumstances than ourselves."
This has been vindicated with the global development agenda focused on the Sustainable Development Goals becoming the UN's main agenda today.

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To assist prospective scholars in their research effort and to further the long term aim of making the Centre a repository of archival material on the subject, the Centre approaches veterans of various operations with a request to make available to the Centre any documents, papers, tapes, photographs, diaries, uniforms, medals or any other memorabilia that could contribute to the activities of the Centre. Any help in this regard is greatly appreciated. All bestowals/endowments received by the Centre will be properly catalogued, cross-referenced and preserved as original contributions to India's military heritage. Material may be sent to the Secretary CAFHR. For any clarifications please contact 011-26147474 or write to us at [email protected] Official Histories and Sponsored Projects: The CAFHR also undertakes sponsored projects on behalf of the ministeries of the Government of India, the Service Headquarters and various units and formations. The Centre has updates and edited the Official War Histories of the Sino-Indian Conflict, 1962, and the Indo-Pak War, 1971, on behalf of the Government of India. It has also compiled and published the history of India's peacekeeping contributions. The Centre also provides background inputs for policy briefs on request.

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Dear Group members, I was reading the incredible story of Squadron Leader Dalip Singh Majithia on the Logbook Project website, owned by Nick Devaux. This includes an interview by Adil Chhina, son of retired Squadron Leader Rana Chhina, MBE with the Squadron Leader. I wanted to ask if this group could help with the research and now passion I have been carrying out. For the last 15 years I have been contacting World War 2 veterans as part of my research project - The Last of the Few. The aim of my research is to share the story of the veterans who served and lived through these moments of history with a wider audience, as it is important the next generation are aware of the past and these amazing veterans. This has provided me the opportunity where possible to ask them to sign and inscribe a book/card/letter with any words they would like to share for future generations of their amazing life. Their inscriptions and story will be highlighted as a virtual tour and as a display at the university I work at in Manchester (Manchester Metropolitan), which comprises of over 40,000 students and 5,000 staff, eventually to be made available as a learning resource. Connecting with the survivors is truly inspirational and my research is now also a passion to highlight their words and stories. It is important those who were involved and integral in these moments in history are never forgotten. I have been fortunate to contact several WW2 veterans including George Norfleet & Charles McGee, Tuskegee airmen, Victor Gregg, who served during the Battles of Alamein and Arnhem to the Bombing of Dresden, Norman Prior, Dunkirk veteran, Mr. Darbara Singh Bhulla, a Burma veteran and Jake Carlson, who stormed Omaha beach on D-Day and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. To receive and read their inscriptions is humbling and provides a great insight into these wonderful veterans. The two words that describe all the veterans I have had the honour of contacting are humanity and humility. I wished to ask if it would be possible for members of this group to help me contact Squadron Leader Dalip Singh Majithia to ask if he would they would kindly inscribe and sign some words on a piece of paper/card or relevant book? It would be an honour to receive this and read what he has written. I would be happy to cover any costs that may incur. Thank you very much for reading this and any help you could provide would be gratefully accepted. Dee ([email protected])
Dear Group members, I was reading the incredible story of Squadron Leader Dalip Singh Majithia on the Logbook Project website, owned by Nick Devaux. This includes an interview by Adil Chhina, son of retired Squadron Leader Rana Chhina, MBE with the Squadron Leader. I wanted to ask if this group could help with the research and now passion I have been carrying out. For the last 15 years I have been contacting World War 2 veterans as part of my research project - The Last of the Few. The aim of my research is to share the story of the veterans who served and lived through these moments of history with a wider audience, as it is important the next generation are aware of the past and these amazing veterans. This has provided me the opportunity where possible to ask them to sign and inscribe a book/card/letter with any words they would like to share for future generations of their amazing life. Their inscriptions and story will be highlighted as a virtual tour and as a display at the university I work at in Manchester (Manchester Metropolitan), which comprises of over 40,000 students and 5,000 staff, eventually to be made available as a learning resource. Connecting with the survivors is truly inspirational and my research is now also a passion to highlight their words and stories. It is important those who were involved and integral in these moments in history are never forgotten. I have been fortunate to contact several WW2 veterans including George Norfleet & Charles McGee, Tuskegee airmen, Victor Gregg, who served during the Battles of Alamein and Arnhem to the Bombing of Dresden, Norman Prior, Dunkirk veteran, Mr. Darbara Singh Bhulla, a Burma veteran and Jake Carlson, who stormed Omaha beach on D-Day and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. To receive and read their inscriptions is humbling and provides a great insight into these wonderful veterans. The two words that describe all the veterans I have had the honour of contacting are humanity and humility. I wished to ask if it would be possible for members of this group to help me contact Squadron Leader Dalip Singh Majithia to ask if he would they would kindly inscribe and sign some words on a piece of paper/card or relevant book? It would be an honour to receive this and read what he has written. I would be happy to cover any costs that may incur. Thank you very much for reading this and any help you could provide would be gratefully accepted. Dee Vyas ([email protected])
Today is Remembrance Day 🌹, marking the end of World War I. We also remember the brave Indian soldiers 🇮🇳 who fought during the First World War. Indian military aviators flew 🛫 in the skies over Belgium 🇧🇪. Hardit Singh Malik, also known as the “Flying Sikh”, was the first Indian to be commissioned as an officer into a combatant arm. He flew in the Battle of Passchendaele, also known as the Third Battle of Ypres in 1917. Malik served with distinction, ending the war with a German bullet in his leg, which he carried till the end of his days. Hardit Singh Malik later became India’s Ambassador to France 🇫🇷 after independence. We will never forget 🌹. Credits: ‘India in Flanders Fields’ 📕 📌 Diplomatie.Belgium, Centre for Armed Forces Historical Research - CAFHR, USI, India in Belgium (Embassy of India, Brussels), India in France (Embassy of India, Paris), French Embassy in India / Ambassade de France en Inde
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A plea for clarification on an Indian WW2 medal. Would anyone be able to identify the second last medal, worn before the British War Medal 39/45. The ribbon suggests it is ***not*** the Defence Medal, India GSM or India Service Medal.
To honour the brave Indian soldiers who fought for Belgium in the First World War, India's Post Office has issued a stamp with the Menin Gate on it. The Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium 🇧🇪 has names of more than 400 Indian Soldiers engraved on it. Ypres pays homage to the soldiers everyday. Each night at 8 pm, the traffic is stopped at the Menin Gate and the Last Post ceremony is performed. It is only the second time that the Menin Gate has been stamped. The first time was about 50 years ago on a stamp in Belgium. We will never forget🌹 🌹 Centre for Armed Forces Historical Research - CAFHR, USI In Flanders Fields Museum War Heritage Institute
Meet our new #CheveningScholar Bhanu Ghalot, Research Assistant Centre for Armed Forces Historical Research - CAFHR, USI. She hopes to transform the Indian museums into lively cultural spaces. She is excited to begin her #Cheveningjourney. This time next year, you could also be #ChosenforChevening. Applications for 2020/2021 Chevening Awards (FCO) Scholarships are open. If you have ambition, leadership potential, and a strong academic background, we encourage you to apply before 5 November 2019.
Research Assistant at the Centre for Armed Forces Historical Research - CAFHR, USI, Bhanu Ghalot Chevening Awards (FCO) journey begins! She has been selected to receive a Chevening Scholarship for a Masters in Museum Studies at University of Leicester. 🇬🇧 Defence Adviser, Brigadier Gavin Thompson wished her well on being #chosenforchevening.