Assam Rifles Mess Decoration, 1960
Assam Rifles Mess Decoration, 1960
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Assam Rifles Mess Decoration, 1960

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16cm (6.25in) x 20.5cm (8in) x 10cm (4in)

Indian silver and brass crossed kukris of 5th Battalion Assam Rifles.

The Assam Rifles can trace its lineage back to the Cachar Levy raised by the British in 1835 Since then the Assam Rifles have undergone a number of name changes—the Assam Frontier Police (1883), the Assam Military Police (1891) and Eastern Bengal and Assam Military Police (1913), before finally becoming the Assam Rifles in 1917. The 5th Battalion was raised on April 18 1920 as the Darang Battalion. In 1922 the unit was employed to restore law and order in the plain areas of Aasam and in 1924 columns were sent to contain Nople rebels to Madras and in 1930 to Chittagong (now in Bangladesh) to astist civil authorities in maintiaining law and order. In 1959 the Da1ai Lama with the members of the family and followers, entered into the Indian soil through one of the 5th Battalion’s posts of the unit, whence it escorted him to up to the plains of Assam. During Sino-Indian Conflict of 1962, the battalion occupied all the forward posts when the Chinese attacked overwhelming numbers. The battalion nevertheless held on and only withdrew on orders of the Army Commanders.

16cm (6.25in) x 20.5cm (8in) x 10cm (4in)

Indian silver and brass crossed kukris of 5th Battalion Assam Rifles.

The Assam Rifles can trace its lineage back to the Cachar Levy raised by the British in 1835 Since then the Assam Rifles have undergone a number of name changes—the Assam Frontier Police (1883), the Assam Military Police (1891) and Eastern Bengal and Assam Military Police (1913), before finally becoming the Assam Rifles in 1917. The 5th Battalion was raised on April 18 1920 as the Darang Battalion. In 1922 the unit was employed to restore law and order in the plain areas of Aasam and in 1924 columns were sent to contain Nople rebels to Madras and in 1930 to Chittagong (now in Bangladesh) to astist civil authorities in maintiaining law and order. In 1959 the Da1ai Lama with the members of the family and followers, entered into the Indian soil through one of the 5th Battalion’s posts of the unit, whence it escorted him to up to the plains of Assam. During Sino-Indian Conflict of 1962, the battalion occupied all the forward posts when the Chinese attacked overwhelming numbers. The battalion nevertheless held on and only withdrew on orders of the Army Commanders.