APS Cover Jan 2019 – Bicentenary – 16th Battalion The Madras Regiment
16th Battalion The Madras Regiment (Travancore) was raised as Second Travancore Nayar Infantry on 28 Jan 1819. It saw action in WW II in Persia and Iraq in 1944.The Battalion was integrated with Indian Army in Apr 1951 and in May 1954 re-designated as 16th Battalion The Madras Regiment. It won its first Gallantry medal in Cachar operations in 1958
APS issued a cover on 28 Jan 2019 to mark its Golden Jubilee.
APS Cover Jan 2019 – Platinum Jubilee – 9th Battalion The Rajput Regiment
9th Battalion The Rajput Regiment was raised as the First TA 2nd Queens Light Infantry in 1921. Between 1939 and 1941 it carried out railway protection duties at Allahabad in addition to guarding German and Italian PsOW. In 1941 it was re-designated as 9th Bn The VIIth Rajput Regiment. It was deployed in Burma (Myanmar) along the Arakan Coast during WW II. It was de-mob in 1946 and re-raised in 1967.
APS issued a cover on 18 Jan 2019 to mark its Golden Jubilee.
First Day Cover- First Flag hoisting at Port Blair- India 2018
Port Blair was the First Indian territory liberated from Imperial British Rule. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose hoisted the Tricolour at Gymkhana Ground in Port Blair on 30 Dec 1943. India Post issued a set of three stamps on 30 Dec 2018 to commemorate this historic occasion. The cancellation features Netaji, leader of INA.
The CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) was established as Crown Representative’s Force on 27 Jul 1939 and it became CRPF after enactment of CRPF act on 28 Dec 1949. It is today the largest of India’s Central Armed Police Forces. Besides Internal Security, Law & Order, Counter Insurgency Role, Duty during elections CRPF contingents have now been deployed in UN Missions also.
CRPF Mahila Battalion – The First Mahila (Women’s) CRPF battalion was raised in 1986 at Delhi as 88(Mahila) Battalion CRPF. Besides other roles and deployment the 88 Mahila Battalion was also deployed in Sri Lanka as Part of IPKF (Indian Peace Keeping Force) between 1987-1990. Two other Mahila battalions have been raised subsequently namely 13 (M) Battalion and 213 (M) Battalion. Besides this one team in a RAF (Rapid Action Force) company is composed of Women Personnel. 88 Mahila Battalion has the distinction of being the World’s First Armed Women Paramilitary Battalion.
A Special Cover was released in New Delhi on 08 Mar 2011 (International Women’s Day) to commemorate Silver Jubilee Year (1986-2011) of 88 ( Mahila) Battalion CRPF.
National Defence Academy – 64th Anniversary – 16 Jan 2019.
The National Defence Academy of India is a unique Military Academy and it is the First Tri-Service Academy in the World. At this Joint Services Academy of the Indian Armed Forces cadets of the three Services the Army, the Navy and the Air Force train together before their pre-commissioning training at respective Academies.
The Alumni include three Param Vir Chakra recipients and 12 Ashoka Chakra recipients. NDA has produced 30 Service Chiefs till date.
NDA was formally inaugurated on 16 Jan 1955 and it celebrates its 64th Anniversary.