Army Day 2020: General Cariappa took command of the army British

Army Day 2020: General Cariappa took command of the army British

Army Day 2020: On 15 January 1949, General KM Cariappa took over as Commander in Chief. Since then, every year 15 January is celebrated as Army Day.

  • On 15 January, General Cariappa assumed the responsibility of the Chief of the Army Staff
  • General KM Cariappa replaced General Roy Butcher of the British Army

Army Day 2020: Today the 72nd Army Day is being celebrated across the country. Every year on 15 January, Army Day or Army Day is celebrated to commemorate the brave soldiers of the country and the country getting the first Indian General . Let us tell you that on 15 January 1949, General KM Cariappa took over the responsibility of the first Chief of Army Staff of India. Earlier, he was an officer of the British Army. General Cariappa replaced General Roy Butcher of the British Army. Butcher was the last commander in chief.

Due to this, Army Day is celebrated on 15 January

From 1 January 1948 to 15 January 1949, Butcher was the Commander-in-Chief of the country. Even after independence, only officers of the British Army were posted to the post of Chief of the Army. Two British officers held this responsibility before General KM Cariappa became Army Chief. Sir Robert McGregor Macdonald Lockhart had held this position before Butcher. On 15 January 1949, General KM Cariappa took over as Commander in Chief. Since then, every year 15 January is celebrated as Army Day.

Who was KM Cariappa – Army Day 2020

Kariyappa led the Indian Army in the Indo-Pak war of 1947. January 15 is celebrated as Army Day to commemorate Karnataka-born Kariyappa becoming the first Army Chief. Let me tell you, Sir Francis Butcher was the last British Commander in Chief of the Indian Army before Cariappa took office. After that the Indian Army was liberated. According to reports, in the year 1949 there were about 2 lakh soldiers in the Indian Army.

Kariyappa was born in 1899 in Karnataka. All the people in the house used to call him affectionately as ‘Chimma’. Kariyappa did his early education at Central High School in Madikeri. From the very beginning he was very good in studies. He loved maths and painting very much. After completing school education in the year 1917, he took admission in the Presidency College of Madras.

Kariyappa received many honors

Let me tell you, the President of America, Harry S. Truman awarded him the ‘Order of the Chief Commander of the Legion of Merit’. In 1986, the Government of India awarded him the post of ‘Field Marshal’ for his services rendered to the country with complete honesty. After retiring from the Indian Army in 1953, Cariappa worked as a High Commissioner in New Zealand and Australia from 1954 to 1956. Cariappa was the first Indian to train at the Imperial Defense College in Camberly, United Kingdom. He received the title of ‘Legion of Merit’ from the United Kingdom.

Army Chief MM Narwane said on Tuesday that the Army is planning to give Freedom Fighters pension to the soldiers of 1965 and 1971. A proposal has been sent to the Ministry of Defense for this. On getting approval for this, soldiers fighting the war of 65 and 71 will get pension. The Army Chief arrived on Tuesday to attend the ceremony held on Armed Forces Veterans Day. This was the fourth edition of the event. During his address in the same program, the army chief told about other proposals prepared for the betterment of the army.

Women will be recruited – Army Day 2020


Indian Army Chief MM Naravane has said that soon women will be recruited in the military police. He said that women will soon be included in the military police. Under this, a total of 1700 women will be given the opportunity to join the army. Apart from this, training of 101 women has been started from 06 January 2020. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, Chief of Defense Bipin Rawat, and Chief of Defense Manoj Mukund Narwane have reached Jaipur on the occasion of Fourth Armed Forces Veterans Day on Tuesday.

Army Day 2020
Army Day 2020: General Cariappa took command of the army British

Addressing the program organized on this occasion, ex-servicemen do service even after retirement, the army chief said that even after retirement, ex-servicemen continue to build the nation through different areas. The welfare of these veterans is our priority and always has been. Last year, we helped 240 officers and 11,500 JCOs get jobs after retirement.

He further said, we are inducting a total of 1700 women into the Corps Military Police. Apart from this, the Army has proposed that Freedom Fighters Pension be given to fighters of 1965 and 1971. 

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