Maratha LIRC observes the 104th anniversary of gallantry in Mesopotamia at Belgaum (Belagavi, Karnataka).

The 104th “Sharqat Day” was commemorated on Saturday by the Maratha Light Infantry Regimental Centre in honour of the brave troops of the regiment who paid the ultimate sacrifice on this day in 1918 in Mesopotamia, now known as Iraq.

With their sweat, courage, and tenacity, the Maratha Light Infantry Regimental Centre, formerly known as the 114 Maharattas, penned an immortal tale. The Battle Honor “Sharqat” was given to the Battalion in honor of their valiant deed and bravery.

In this specific operation, the unit earned 36 gallantry awards, which have not yet been surpassed by any other unit of the Indian Army in a single operation. These awards included two distinguished service orders, four military crosses, six Indian order of merit, 16 Indian distinguished service medals, and eight mentions in dispatches.

All serving officers, junior commissioned officers, other ranks, and civil defense employees of the Maratha Light Infantry Regimental Centre attended a special Sainik Sammelan to commemorate the event. This was followed by a wreath-laying ceremony organized at the Sharqat War Memorial to honour the brave members of the regiment who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

While laying the wreath, Brigadier Joydip Mukherjee, Commandant of the Maratha Light Infantry Regimental Centre in Belgaum, urged all ranks to dedicate themselves to bringing honour to the regiment, army, and country.


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