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XV Corps, or 15 Corps, as it is presently known, is an infantry field formation of the Indian Army which is presently located in Srinagar and responsible for military operations in the Kashmir Valley. It has participated in all military conflicts with Pakistan and China till date.[1]

XV Corps
Active1916-1918, 1942-1945, 1948-Present[1]
CountryIndia
BranchIndian Army
TypeArmy Corps
SizeCorps
Part ofArmy Northern Command
Garrison/HQSrinagar
Nickname(s)Chinar Corps
Commanders
Current
commander
Lt General K J S Dhillon[2]
Notable
commanders
General Bikram Singh
Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain
Gen Sundararajan Padmanabhan

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HistoryEdit

HQ XV Corps was first raised in 1916 as part of the British Indian Army during the First World War for operations in Egypt and France. Disbanded in 1918, it was reraised in 1942 for combat operations in Burma during World War II, and after the war, it served in Java and Sumatra. Disbanded in Karachi in 1947 after repatriation, it was re-raised after India gained independence, as part of the Indian Army, in 1948 as HQ Jammu & Kashmir Force. It underwent a number of name changes till its final redesignation as HQ 15 Corps in 1955 in Udhampur. In June 1972, HQ Northern Command was raised to take over operational control of Jammu & Kashmir. HQ 15 Corps moved to Srinagar to take charge of the Kashmir Valley and Ladakh. After Operation Vijay, HQ 15 Corps was made solely responsible for military operations in the Kashmir Valley.[1] It currently consists of:[citation needed]

List of CommandersEdit

Name Rank Appointment Date Left Office Unit of Commission References
Krishan Pal Lieutenant General 1999 January 2000 Assam Regiment [3][4]
Vinayak Gopal Patankar 18 April 2002 17 July 2003 Regiment of Artillery [5]
Nirbhay Sharma 18 July 2003 14 June 2005 Parachute Regiment [6]
S S Dhillon 15 June 2005 22 October 2006 The Grenadiers [7]
Amarjeet Singh Sekhon 23 October 2006 23 November 2007 Sikh Light Infantry [8][9]
Mukesh Sabharwal 24 November 2007 2008 Rajput Regiment [10][11]
Bikram Singh General 2008 31 October 2009 Sikh Light Infantry
N C Marwah Lieutenant General 30 November 2009 3 December 2010 Kumaon Regiment [12][13]
Syed Ata Hasnain 4 December 2010 8 June 2012 The Garhwal Rifles [14][15]
Om Prakash 9 June 2012 9 June 2013 Kumaon Regiment [16]
Gurmit Singh 10 June 2013 25 June 2014 Assam Regiment [17][18][19]
Subrata Saha 26 June 2014 25 November 2015 Assam Regiment [20]
Satish Dua 26 November 2015 31 October 2016 Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry [21][22]
Jaswinder Singh Sandhu 1 November 2016 14 December 2017 5th Gorkha Rifles (Frontier Force) [23]
Anil Kumar Bhatt 15 December 2017 07 February 2019 9th Gorkha Rifles [24]
Kanwal Jeet Singh Dhillon 08 February 2019 Incumbent Rashtriya Rifles [25]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c A Hundred Seasons : Chinar Corps Saga of Valour & Sacrifice. Srinagar: Chinar Corps. 2016.
  2. ^ http://www.newsonair.com/News?title=Lt-Gen-Dhillon-takes-over-as-48th-Corps-Commander-of-Army%26%2339%3Bs-Srinagar-based-15-Corps&id=359520
  3. ^ "The Commanders Who Failed". www.outlookindia.com/. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Rediff On The NeT: Lt Gen Krishan Pal to be shifted out of 15 Corps". www.rediff.com. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Lt Gen V G Patankar on minority targets in J&K". www.rediff.com. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Lt Gen Nirbhay Sharma takes over as G-O-C of 15 corps". Zee News. 18 July 2003. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Dhillion to take over as GOC of 15 Corps". www.outlookindia.com/. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Lt Gen Sekhon takes over".
  9. ^ "New GOC for Srinagar-based 15 Corps". The Hindu. 25 October 2006. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  10. ^ "Lt General Sabharwal takes charge of 15 Corps - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  11. ^ "Gen. Sabharwal takes over as Srinagar's 15 Corps GOC". The Hindu. 25 November 2007. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  12. ^ "Marwah is new GOC 15 Corps".
  13. ^ "Marwah takes over as commander of 15th Corps | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis". dna. 30 November 2009. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  14. ^ "After two decades, Muslim officer to command Srinagar-based 15 Corps - Indian Express". archive.indianexpress.com. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  15. ^ "Muslim General takes charge to thwart Pak offensive along LoC". The Economic Times. 5 December 2010. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  16. ^ "Lt Gen Om Prakash takes over as new GOC of 15 Corps". www.hindustantimes.com/. 9 June 2012. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  17. ^ "Lt Gen Gurmeet Singh to take over as GOC 15 Corps".
  18. ^ "GOC 15 Corps Lt General Gurmit Singh addressing a press conference at Army headquarters in Badami Bagh in Srinagar on Wednesday. (UNI)". Jammu Kashmir Latest News | Tourism | Breaking News J&K. 3 October 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  19. ^ "Lt Gen Gurmeet Singh new Chinar corps GOC". Firstpost. 10 June 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  20. ^ "Lt Gen Subrata Saha takes over as GOC 15 Corps in Srinagar". Firstpost. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  21. ^ "Lt Gen Satish Dua takes over as CISC". pib.nic.in. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  22. ^ "Lt Gen Dua takes over command of 15 Corps".
  23. ^ "Lt Gen Sandhu takes over as GoC, 15 Corps".
  24. ^ "Lt Gen A K Bhatt new GoC 15 Corps".
  25. ^ https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/jammu-kashmir/lt-gen-dhillon-takes-over-as-goc-15-corps/726048.html

External linksEdit

Further readingEdit

  • Richard A. Renaldi and Ravi Rikhe, 'Indian Army Order of Battle,' Orbat.com for Tiger Lily Books: A division of General Data LLC, ISBN 978-0-9820541-7-8, 2011.
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