Facts About Indian Army
The Indian Army was formed in 1776, under the government of the East India Company in Kolkata which is largest component of the Indian Armed Forces. The President of India serves as Commander-in-Chief of the army while the de facto leadership lies with Minister of Defence, and it is commanded by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), who is a four-star general.
2. Size of Indian Army
The Indian Army has about 53 cantonments and 9 army bases, spread across India. It has about 1,129,900 active personnel and 960,000 reserve personnel. Another fact about the Indian Army is the biggest voluntary army in the world.
3. Best in Jungle Warfare
Soldiers of the Indian Army are considered among the best in jungle warfare. The Counter-insurgency and Jungle Warfare School is often visited by forces from the US, the UK, and Russia among others.
4. Fight at the Highest battlefield
The Siachen Glacier, 5000 metres above sea level, is the highest battlefield in the world. And the Indian Army controls it.
5. Biggest Contributor to Peace Making
The Indian Army is one of the biggest troop contributors to the United Nations peace making operations.
6. Constructed and Manages Highest bridge in the world
Indian Army has constructed Baily Bridge in 1982 which is the highest bridge in the world, located in the Ladakh valley between the Dras and Suru rivers in the Himalayas.