Jessami war remembered with war memorial re-dedication

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CM O. Ibobi Singh rededicating the Jessami war memorial while GOC IGAR(S) DS Hooda and other officials looked on, Monday. Jessami war memorial gorifies the exploits of the Assam Regiment during the II-World War and is located at Imphal.
CM O. Ibobi Singh rededicating the Jessami war memorial while GOC IGAR(S) DS Hooda and other officials looked on, Monday. Jessami war memorial gorifies the exploits of the Assam Regiment during the II-World War and is located at Imphal.
IMPHAL, March 28: Chief Minister, O Ibobi Singh, has today rededicated the Jessami War Memorial by re-inaugurating the memorial Pillar, at Babupara near the Chief Minister’s official bungalow this morning around 10 am.
The inauguration programme was attended by MLA, Bijoy, Koijam, government’s chief whip MLA, Mangi Babu, GOC 57 mountain division, GS Hooda, Maj. Gen. RM Singh, Assam Regiment, VSM, AVSM and top government officials including chief secretary, DS. Poonia.
It was on this day in 1944 that the soldiers of the first battalion of the Assam Regiment through their gallant action displaying sheer tenacity and dogged determination faced the might of Japanese 31 Division single handedly at Jessami, in the first battle on Indian soil, said an official statement. Adding its magnificent strengthening of the defences at Kohima and finally turning the tide of war.
It further said that the Assam Regiment adoring a badge depicting Rhinoceros comprises soldiers from the North Eastern States and is known for the fighting acumen.
It recalled that the regiment was raised on January 15, 1941, the fledgling first battalion of the Assam Regiment, baptized in fire at Jessami went on to win six battle honours including Jessami and the theatre honour of Burma. Terming it an unparalleled achievement it said that the (late) Maharaj Kumar Priya Barta Singh, the erstwhile Chief Minister of Manipur, had served with the regiment during the Second World War.

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