Bengaluru: Lieutenant Gen. Basant Kumar Repswal, Commandant of Troops Service Corps (ASC) Center College positioned a wreath in the Animal War Memorial in the ASC Center & College awhile paying homages to the animals & their own handlers those have sacrificed their own lives within the battlefield.
Repswal made payment homages on the occasion of the Animal Transport Remembrance Day. This has been succeeded by a military guard of honor. As the bugles sounded the last post, a two-minute silence has been noticed.
Raised in 2006, the 1st of its kind animal memorial in Asia signifies the pivotal character performed by this mules & horses of the Indian Troops, as per an officer declare of the Defense Ministry.
“These animals belonging to the Troops Service Corps, those have rendered a yeoman service in relentlessly hauling war stores up the goat tracks of the treacherous Himalayas, frequently paying the largest cost of sacrificing their own personal life within the line of work were chronicled within the Memorial,” the declare stated.
“Their own saga of relentless service, unfailing resilience, dedication & unflinching loyalty of the muleteers & their own mules has created for itself a prodigious prestige & place of pride within the biography of the Indian Troops. To make sure that these hoof prints don’t gain obliterated, this saga has been took to personal life within the form of a sculptured monument within the Equestrian Training Region of the ASC Center & College, Bangalore on Dec 8, 2006 1st of its kind in Asia,” it added further.
This animal transport memorial was extended just recently by constructing 2 walls supported by Roman pillars on either side. These walls chronicle the character performed by this animals within the Indian Troops from the British Raj, imparts information of 637 gallantry awards won by this brave muleteers, 49 battle casualties from independence, 14 gallantry awards to mules from independence & 05 military recognitions bestowed by this Chief of the Troops Employees & different Troops Commanders on AT units, who were relied upon heavily to fill an important niche within the logistics networks of the Indian Troops.
Sep 26 of every yr. was nominated as the AT Remembrance Day as it has been on this day in 1914, that ninth mule Corps, in the context of the Indian Expeditionary Enforce, landed in Marseilles in France, to a most hearty & enthusiastic welcome by this French to help the British & allied armies in Globe War 1.
A overall of 145 such AT units have been to service during this war in France, Belgium, Egypt, Gallipoli, Palestine & Sinai & helped the allied enforces turn the tables on Germany commanded axis powers.
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