The Golden ‘Ghost’

The 63 Cavalry or Tresath, as the unit is popularly called, counted amongst the elite Armoured Regiments of the Indian Army, celebrated its golden jubilee at BEG & Centre, Roorkee. In a unique ceremony, christened Heritage Review, the present generation of Cavalrymen paid tribute to their elders and the heritage equipment which was reviewed by Brig (Retd) Harmandar Singh, the first Commandant who had raised the unit.

Apart from social functions, a special sainik sammelan was also held which was attended by all serving and retired officers, JCOs and jawans with their families. While the ethos and values of the regiment were reiterated, a road-map for the future was also laid out including a special scheme to assist in resettlement of soldiers hanging up their spurs. An elaborate audio visual presentation, “The Spirit of Tresath”, was staged which showcased the dynamism and elan of this combat unit.

The regiment, which was raised in the princely state of Alwar, Rajasthan, has participated in UN peacekeeping operations in Congo from 1961 to 1962.

Tresath has aided the civil administration on a number of occasions, notably during the 1992 floods in Punjab and the Gujarat earthquake of 2001. The regiment has also combated the menace of terrorism in Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir and the North Eastern states.

During the 1971 Indo-Pak war, Tresath Cavalry was the only medium armoured regiment in the East with T-55 and PT-76 tanks. The appearances of Tresath’s tanks from four cardinal directions and the shock and awe it evoked earned it the epithet of the ‘Ghost’ Regiment from the enemy. By the termination of the conflict, the regiment had tanks in Dacca and had earned the battle honour, Bogra and theatre honour, East Pakistan, along with eight gallantry awards. On completion of 25 years of meritorious service in 1982, the regiment was presented the Guidon by the then President of India, late Mr Neelam Sanjiva Reddy. For its yeoman service to the nation, Tresath has had the distinction of earning over 50 honours and awards which include Param Vishisht Seva Medals, Vir Chakras and Sena Medals.

Brig Naveen Sodhi, Deputy MS, Central Command receiving Brig (Retd) Harmandar Singh, the first Commandant of 63 Cavalry

Neelam Sanjiva Reddy, the then President of India presenting Guidon to 63 Cavalry on January 2, 1982

Men of Tresath in action at Jessore during 1971 war

The First Day Cover being released

Col ARS Khalon, Commandant, 63 Cavalry commanding the heritage review parade

A view of the special Sainik Sammelan

-Dr KA Sagar
pix courtesy : K Ramesh