IV Corps (India)

The IV Corps (also known as the Gajraj Corps) is a military field formation of the Indian Army, covering the states of Assam and western Arunachal Pradesh.

IV Corps
Gajraj corps.png
Indian Army IV corps Formation Sign
ActiveJan 1942 - November 1945
October 1962 – present
CountryIndia
BranchIndian Army
TypeArmy Corps
SizeCorps
Part ofEastern Command (India)
Garrison/HQTezpur
Nickname(s)Gajraj Corps
Commanders
Current
commander
Lt Gen Ravin Khosla,[1] SM, VSM, AVSM
Notable
commanders
Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw
General Om Prakash Malhotra
General Nirmal Chander Vij
Lt Gen Sagat Singh
Lt Gen Harbaksh Singh
Lt Gen Devraj Anbu

HistoryEdit

IV Corps under Lieutenant General NMS Irwin was deployed from the Middle East in January 1942 for the defense of Assam from the advancing Japanese during World War II. Following the end of the war, the corps was demobilised in November 1945.[2]

The corps was re-raised by Lieutenant General Brij Mohan Kaul at Tezpur, Assam on 4 October 1962, close to the Sino-Indian War.[3] Over the years, has played a commendable role in both conventional and counter-insurgency operations in the eastern theatre, especially during the 1971 Bangladesh war.

During the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, the Gajraj Corps made the famous advance to Dhaka during the liberation of Bangladesh and also participated in the Meghna Heli Bridge Operations. Lieutenant General Sagat Singh, PVSM had innovatively employed Mi-4 helicopters to cross Meghna River, which was considered impassable and his Corps relentlessly attacked and defeated the Pakistani forces. The innovative use of helicopters has remained unparalleled. The Corps had proved its mettle and very proficiently carried out its task in the most complex sector in terms of distances from the logistic bases.[4]

The corps has been active in counter-insurgency roles as part of Operation Bajrang (from November 1990), Operation Rhino I (from September 1991) and Operation Rhino II (from April 1992).[2]

CompositionEdit

It currently consists of:[5]

List of General Officers CommandingEdit

For the list of GOCs between 1942 and 1945 - List of GOCs 1942-45

Rank Name Appointment Date Left Office Unit of Commission References
Lieutenant General Brij Mohan Kaul 4 October 1962 Rajputana Rifles [2] [nb 1]
SHFJ Manekshaw 2 December 1962 4 December 1963 8th Gorkha Rifles [12]
Sagat Singh December 1970 3rd Gorkha Rifles [13]
Stanley Leslie Menezes 31 May 1978 The Grenadiers [14]
Arun Shridhar Vaidya 1 July 1980 9th Deccan Horse [15]
N S Narahari 1986 Corps of Engineers [16]
Ajai Singh 1990 1992 Poona Horse [17]
NK Kapur 1994 Rajput Regiment
Baldev Singh 1995 4th Gorkha Rifles
Nirmal Chander Vij 1997 Dogra Regiment
R K Sawhney January 1998 [18]
D B Shekatkar 1999 2000 Maratha Light Infantry
Mahesh Vij June 2000 Mechanised Infantry Regiment [20]
Mohinder Singh February 2004 Punjab Regiment [21]
Anup Singh Jamwal February 2004 March 2005 Regiment of Artillery [22]
Hardev Singh Lidder March 2005 March 2006 Parachute Regiment [23]
Ranbir K Chhabra March 2006 August 2007 4th Gorkha Rifles [23]
B S Jaswal August 2007 Jammu and Kashmir Rifles [24]
Kaiwalya Trivikram Parnaik 2009 2010 Rajputana Rifles [25]
Gyan Bhushan March 2010 29 June 2011 Mahar Regiment [26]
Shakti Gurung 30 June 2011 15 August 2012 The Grenadiers [27]
Changali Ananda Krishnan 16 August 2012 19 August 2013 4 Gorkha Rifles [28]
Anil Kumar Ahuja 20 August 2013 27 October 2014 Regiment of Artillery [29]
Sarath Chand 28 October 2014 16 November 2015 Garhwal Rifles [30]
Devraj Anbu 17 November 2015 24 December 2016 Sikh Light Infantry [31]
Amarjeet Singh Bedi 25 November 2016 28 December 2017 Garhwal Rifles [32]
Gurpal Singh Sangha 29 December 2017 30 December 2018 The Grenadiers [33][34]
Manoj Pande 30 December 2018 May 2019 Corps of Engineers [35][36]
Santanu Dayal May 2019 26 January 2021 Garhwal Rifles [37]
Ravin Khosla 26 January 2021 Incumbent 5th Gorkha Rifles (Frontier Force) [38]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Lieutenant General Harbaksh Singh took over command of 4 Corps for a few days, when Lieutenant General B M Kaul had fallen sick.[11]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.eastmojo.com/national/2021/01/26/change-of-command-of-indian-armys-gajraj-corps
  2. ^ a b c "4 Corps Golden Jubilee 1962-2012". 4 October 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  3. ^ Orbat.com, Indian Army Corps 2003, accessed July 2010
  4. ^ https://www.indiatvnews.com/news/india/gajraj-corps-celebrates-58th-raising-day-raised-amid-india-china-war-654313
  5. ^ "How the army lost secret op plans against China". 13 June 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2021.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 November 2010. Retrieved 19 July 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Pike, John. "5 Mountain Division / Ball of Fire Division". www.globalsecurity.org. Retrieved 14 May 2017.
  8. ^ Conboy et al, Elite Forces of India and Pakistan,p.8
  9. ^ Pike, John. "21 Mountain Division / Red Horns Division". www.globalsecurity.org. Retrieved 14 May 2017.
  10. ^ http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-34700130_ITM
  11. ^ "The general who saved Punjab in the 1965 War". 7 September 2015. Retrieved 13 July 2021.
  12. ^ "Gazette of India" (PDF). 5 January 1963. Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  13. ^ "PIB release" (PDF). 11 December 1970. Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  14. ^ "PIB" (PDF). 19 May 1978. Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  15. ^ "GENERAL VAIDYA APPOINTED CORPS COMMANDER" (PDF). pibarchive.nic.in. 1 July 1980.
  16. ^ "Sumdorong Chu Episode: When India Dared China". 11 October 2020. Retrieved 13 July 2021.
  17. ^ "Governor of Assam (2003 - 2008)". Retrieved 13 July 2021.
  18. ^ "ULFA has accumulated around Rs 15 billion so far". Retrieved 13 July 2021.
  19. ^ "INDO-BHUTAN JOINT RAIDS LIKELY". 10 April 1999. Retrieved 13 July 2021.
  20. ^ "Govt finally approves army promotions". 7 June 2000. Retrieved 13 July 2021.
  21. ^ "Lt Gen Mohinder Singh assumes charge as Adjutant General". 3 February 2004. Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  22. ^ "Lt Gen Anup Singh Jamwal takes over as Adjutant General". 31 October 2005. Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  23. ^ a b "Lt Gen HS Lidder new CIDS". 3 March 2006. Retrieved 13 July 2021.
  24. ^ "Lt Gen Jaiswal new GOC of 4 Corps". 2 August 2007. Retrieved 13 July 2021.
  25. ^ "The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Nation". www.tribuneindia.com. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  26. ^ "17". sainiksamachar.nic.in. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  27. ^ Trade, TI. "The Assam Tribune Online". www.assamtribune.com. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  28. ^ "Lt Gen Krishnan takes charge at Gajraj Corps". Firstpost. 16 August 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  29. ^ "Lt Gen Ahuja takes over as GOC Gajraj Corps". Business Standard India. Press Trust of India. 20 August 2013. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  30. ^ "Lt Gen Sarath Chand takes over command of Gajraj 4 Corps". Business Standard India. Press Trust of India. 28 October 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  31. ^ "Lt Gen Devraj Anbu takes charge as new GOC of 4 corps". The Economic Times. 17 November 2015. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  32. ^ "Lt Gen Amarjeet Singh Bedi takes over as GOC, Gajraj Corps". Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  33. ^ "Lt Gen Gurpal Singh Sangha is the new General Officer Commanding, Bengal Area". The Indian Express. 23 May 2017. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  34. ^ "Lt Gen Gurpal Singh Sangha takes over as GOC of Gajraj Corps". outlookindia.com/. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  35. ^ "Lt Gen Manoj Pande takes charge of Gajraj Corps". Business Standard India. Press Trust of India. 30 December 2018. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  36. ^ http://www.uniindia.com/lt-gen-manoj-pande-takes-over-as-new-chief-of-southern-command-pune/other/news/976506.html
  37. ^ "Assam: Gajraj Corps celebrates its 58th Raising Day at Tezpur". 4 October 2020. Retrieved 13 July 2021.
  38. ^ "Assam: Lt Gen Ravin Khosla takes over command of Gajraj Corps". 21 January 2021. Retrieved 12 July 2021.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • John H. Gill, An Atlas of the 1971 India - Pakistan War: The Creation of Bangladesh, Near East South Asia Centre for Strategic Studies (National Defense University), via scribd.com

External linksEdit