Pune: Army Artillery Units And Formations Of Southern Command Celebrated 195th Gunners Day 

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Pune, 28 September 2021: All the Artillery units and formations of Southern Command celebrated 195th Gunners Day on Tuesday.


The date 28 September has a special significance in the annals of the history of the Regiment of Artillery. 5 (Bombay) Mountain Battery was raised on  28 September 1827. As this battery has been in uninterrupted service since raising, its Raising Day is celebrated as Gunners Day every year.


The Regiment of Artillery is proud of a glorious past replete with rich traditions and gallant achievements. It has acquitted itself as the battle winning factor on every occasion whenever the integrity of our nation has been threatened. The Gunners have also won accolades for their outstanding contribution to the ongoing counter terrorism operations. The Regiment has a glorious history of serving the nation in war and peace as well as in missions abroad and is known for its professional excellence, selfless dedication and utmost devotion to duty. It has rendered yeoman service to the nation during all the major conflicts with adversaries and during disasters and natural calamities. The regiment boasts of One Victoria Cross, One Distinguished Service Order, 15 Military Crosses during the pre-independence era and One Ashok Chakra, Seven Maha Vir Chakras, Nine Kirti Chakras, 101 Vir Chakras, 63 Shaurya Chakras, 06 Bar to Sena Medal, 502 Sena Medals besides many other decorations, in recognition of valour and professionalism shown by gunners in the battlefield. The Regiment has been bestowed with 40 Honour Titles during both pre and post-independence era. The Regiment has produced outstanding sportsmen of international caliber, making the Regiment proud by being honoured with One Padma Shri and eight Arjuna Awards.


The rapidly progressing transformation of the Indian Artillery into a state-of-the-art combat force by equipping itself with modern weapon systems with greater mobility and lethality incorporating the latest technological advancements will help the Gunners in honouring their motto, “SarvatraIzzat-O-Iqbal – Everywhere with Honour and Glory”.


On this occasion, Lieutenant General J S Nain, General Officer Commanding in Chief, Southern Command, appreciated the services rendered by the Regiment of Artillery.