Indian Armed Forces’ Tri-Services Contingent Participates in Russia’s Victory Day Parade Held at Red Square in Moscow; Rajnath Singh Among Special Invitees

Defence minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday attended the Victory Day Parade held at Red Square in Russia capital Moscow. Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister was among the special invitees to the event, which marked the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany. The Tri-Service contingent of the Indian Armed Forces comprised of 75 all ranks and marched along with contingents of Russian Armed Forces and 17 other countries.

In series of tweets the Defence Minister expressed happiness over the participation of the Indian contingent in the Victory Day Parade. Singh Tweeted, “Attending the Victory Day Parade at Red Square in Moscow today to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Victory of the Soviet People in the great Patriotic War of 1941-1945. I am proud that a Tri-Service contingent of the Indian Armed Forces is also participating in this parade.”

Tweet By Rajnath Singh:

In another tweet, the defence minister said, “Impressive turnout of the Tri-Service contingent of the Indian Armed Forces at the Victory Day Parade in Moscow is indeed an extremely proud and happy moment for me.” Indian Armed Forces Tri-Services Contingent Leaves For Moscow to Take Part in Russia’s Victory Day Parade on June 24.

Tweet By Rajnath Singh:

The Tri-Service contingent of the Indian Armed Forces was led by a colonel rank officer. Meanwhile, the marching contingent taking part in the Victory Day Parade was led by a major rank officer of the gallant SIKH LIGHT INFANTRY Regiment.

Video of Indian Contingent Marching:

 

The British Indian Armed Forces during World War-II were one of the largest Allied Forces contingents which took part in the North and East African Campaign, Western Desert Campaign and the European Theatre against the Axis powers. These campaign witnessed sacrifice by over 87 thousand Indian servicemen beside 34,354 being wounded. The Indian Military not only fought on all fronts, but also ensured delivery of goods along the Southern, Trans-Iranian Lend-Lease route, along which weapons, ammunitions, spare parts for equipment and food went to the Soviet Union, Iran and Iraq.

The valour of the Indian soldiers was recognised with the award of over four thousand decorations, which also included award of 18 Victoria and George Cross. In addition, the then Soviet Union appreciated the valour of the Indian Armed forces and by the decree of 23 May 1944, the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR signed by Mikhail Kalinin and Alexander Gorkin awarded the prestigious Orders of the Red Star to Subedar Narayan Rao Nikkam and Havildar Gajendra singh Chand of Royal Indian Army Service Corps.

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