7th Light Cavalry
The 7th Light Cavalry was formed in 1784 from selected drafts of three regiments of local cavalry, which had been taken over by the East India Company that year at Arcot near Madras.
The Regiment during the period up to Independence has served with distinction both in India and overseas. The Regiment saw active service in World War I in Persia, Russia, Transcaspia and Afghanistan. During World War 11, the Regiment fought in the siege of Imphal and later forged its way down Burma being the first to reach Rangoon. To honour its gallant actions the Regiment was selected by Lord Louis Mountbatten, SEAC, as the only cavalry regiment to represent the Occupation Forces in Japan, from the entire Commonwealth cavalry regiments.
Post Independence, the 7th Light Cavalry has participated in all battles fought in the country. These achievements, in broad outline, are given below:
Jammu and Kashmir Operations: During 1947-49, the Regiment was employed in the Valley to drive away the Pakistani raiders. Thereafter, the Regiment fought the battles of Uri, Naushera, Poonch and Jhangar to finally crown its achievements by creating world history by taking tanks to the impossible heights of 11,000 feet at Zoji La which enabled the securing of the Ladakh province.
Goa Operations 1961: In 1961, the 7th Light Cavalry led the advance of the Army on two of three axes into Goa to finally liberate the State.
1962 Operations: During the NEFA operations, the Regiment acquitted itself creditably at Bomdi La and Dirong Dzong and assisted in the withdrawal of 4 Infantry Division.
Indo-Pak Wars 1965 and 1971: During the 1965 operations the Regiment fought gallantly in the areas of Burki, Chattanwala and Khem Karan. Subsequently in 1971 the 7th Light Cavalry led the advance in the Shakargarh sector and at the time of the cease-fire effectively dominated the Shakargarh-Zafarwal road. The No.1 Independent Armoured Squadron (7th Cavalry) operated in Bangladesh. The Regiment emerged as the most decorated unit of the Army after this war.
In recognition of meritorious service in various parts of the World the Regiment has the proud privilege of being conferred with 21 Battle Honours. In addition, to date, 239 awards have been conferred on the Regiment making it one of the most highly decorated units of the Indian Army.
The stamp commemorates the Bi-Centenary of this regiment.
The stamp portrays an old Lancer of 7th Cavalry in ceremonial dress. The first day cover depicts the late Shri Jawaharlal Nehru inspecting the Guard of Honour of 7th Light Cavalry, soon after the battle of Srinagar during. Indo-Pak conflict in November-December, 1948.
Date of Issue: 7.1.1984