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The units and regiments of the Indian Army have diverse histories and have participated in a number of battles and campaigns across the world, earning a large number of battle and theatre honours before and after Independence.
Behind him, a fascist inscriptions says "VIVA IL DUCE", "Long live the Duce" (i.e. In the 20th century, the Indian Army was a crucial adjunct to the British forces in both world wars.
1.3 million Indian soldiers served in World War I (1914–1918) with the Allies, in which 74,187 Indian troops were killed or missing in action.
Other major operations undertaken by the army include: Operation Vijay, Operation Meghdoot and Operation Cactus.
Apart from conflicts, the army has conducted large peace time exercises like Operation Brasstacks and Exercise Shoorveer, and it has also been an active participant in numerous United Nations peacekeeping missions including those in: Cyprus, Lebanon, Congo, Angola, Cambodia, Vietnam, Namibia, El Salvador, Liberia, Mozambique and Somalia.
The army in the Presidencies of Bengal, Bombay and Madras functioned as respective Presidency Armies until 1 April 1895 when they were unified into a single Indian Army.
A Sikh soldier of the 4th Division (the Red Eagles) of the Indian Army, attached to the British Fifth Army in Italy.Holding a captured swastika after the surrender of German forces in Italy, May 1945.
It is an all-volunteer force and comprises more than 80% of the country's active defence personnel.It is a major component of national power alongside the Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force.The army has been involved in four wars with neighbouring Pakistan and one with China.It is the 2nd largest standing army in the world, with 1,237,117 The army has embarked on an infantry modernisation program known as Futuristic Infantry Soldier As a System (F-INSAS), and is also upgrading and acquiring new assets for its armoured, artillery and aviation branches.A Military Department was created within the Government of the East India Company at Kolkata in the year 1776.The Indian Army originated from the armies of the East India Company, which eventually became the British Indian Army, and the armies of the princely states, which finally became the national army after independence.