175TH ANNIVERSARY 5TH BN (NAPIERS) THE RAJPUTANA RIFLES
5th Battalion of the Rajputana Rifles, one of the oldest Rifle Regiments of the Indian Army made a humble beginning in 1817 at Dapuri near Pune. It became a regular Unit in 1820 and was designated as the "First Extra Battalion". The Battalion has participated in many battles both in the pre and post independence era. For its gallantry and heroism it has won over 200 gallantry awards including one Victoria Cross in 1858. In recognition of its meritorious services 27 Battle Honours were bestowed on this Battalion.
The last century is replete with numerous actions in which the Battalion participated, both in India and overseas, displaying indomitable fighting spirit kindled by General Sir Charles Napier. Under his command on 17 February 1843 the Battalion won the epic battle of Meeanee. In awe and admiration of the intrepidity, chivalry and valour displayed by the gallant soldiers of this illustrious Battalion, General Sir Charles Napier while bidding them adieu reflected that his name be associated with that of the Battalion. Since then it is traditionally known as the "Napier's Rifles".
The Battalion’s glorious record continued in the present century, when it gave an excellent account of itself in the very many battles fought in both the Great Wars, winning a number of distinguished awards including 19 Military Cross. In 1931 the Battalion was the first Battalion of the Regiment to be Indiainised. It was in Korea in 1953-54, where it operated under the United Nations Security Council. The Indo-Pak Wars of 1965 and 1971 saw the Battalion perform incredibly in the forefront of all military engagements.
In Operation PAWAN (Sri Lanka) the Battalion was awarded three Virchakra, one Yudh Seva Medal, four Sena Madals and two Mention-in-Despatches. Two officers and 33 Jawans made their supreme sacrifice for the honour and glory of the Battalion. The Battalion once again proved its mettle during Operation RAKSHAK in J&K sector, accrediting itself with one Sena Medal and four Chief of Army Staff Commendation Cards.
While the annals of the battalion are full of glory and valour, its achievements in the field of sports are equally unmatchable. Napier's Rifles has produced a large number of Olympians, sportsmen and marksmen of national and international repute who have brought laurels to the country.
Stamp commemorates the 175 years of 5th Battalion (Napier's) the Rajputana Rifles.
Date of Issue: 28.11.95