Tuesday, 15 April 2014


Dear All
Notification for commission in the TA is out. Last date for forms to reach is 30 Jun 2014 and PIB is on 10 Aug 2014.
Best of Luck.

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Thursday, 9 May 2013


Dear All
The advertisement for TA recruitment as an officer is out and one may click the following link to get more details:-


Last date for filling the application is 30 June 2013 and application may be downloaded from the Indian Army Website. Following is the link for published advertisement:-


Best wishes.....

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Wednesday, 8 May 2013


Audie Leon Murphy (June 20, 1925 – May 28, 1971) was one of the most famous and decorated American combat soldiers of World War II. He served in the Mediterranean and European Theater of Operations where he was presented the Medal of Honor and several other decorations for heroism in combat including decorations from France and Belgium"

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Tuesday, 23 April 2013


Preface and Acknowledgement
Foreword by Major General A K Siwach, YSM, VSM, Additional Director General Territorial Army
List of Tables

1. Introduction
2. The Concept of Amateur Soldiery
3. Development of Part-Time Forces under the English
4. Part-Time Forces After 1857
5. Amateur Soldiers between the Wars
6. Brief Histories of the AF(I) Units, 1940
7. The TA Since Independence
8. Volunteer Forces Medal and Awards
9. Appendix

Appendix - I
Rules for Government and Public Sector Undertaking Employees While Joining
Territorial Army

Appendix II
Territorial Army Act, 1948

Appendix III
Indian Territorial Force Act, 1920
Indian Territorial Force Rules, 1921 ACT No. XLVII of 1920

Appendix - IV
Madras Volunteer Guard

Appendix V
Song of the Madras Volunteers Guard

Appendix VI
Topical Song of the Lumsden’s Horse

10. Bibliography


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Friday, 19 April 2013


Dear All.....
My book is now available from Ocean Books Pvt Ltd at the address mentioned below.
One may also mail at (prabhatbooks@gmail.com) to order, mentioning address and no of copies. It will be responded promptly. Priced at Rupees 400/-.
Best Regards

Prabhat Prakashan
4/19 Asaf Ali Road
New Delhi-110002 (India)

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Sunday, 24 February 2013

Territorial Army - History of India's Part-Time Soldiers

The Book authored by Surender Singh is now ready for publication and would hit the stands within few days...

The Subject
An Important facet concerning military matters in India has eluded the scrutiny of policy makers since independence. Equally so, within the military organization; it has not been subject to an informed debate despite a great scope for restructuring in the present manning structure of Indian army. My reference here is to the Territorial Army which forms an integral part of the Indian Army and which is also popularly described as the Citizens’ Army. The conceptual framework for the TA is based on the fundamental idea that it should exist for war-time employment, and should be maintainable at the lowest cost during peace time. The concept encompasses the employment of disciplined, dedicated and a low cost force of gainfully employed citizens from all walks of life to supplement and augment the resources of Regular Army. These citizens on joining undergo a short period of rigorous training, which makes them reasonably competent soldiers. Subsequently, they join units from 14 days to a maximum of 60 days every year for refresher training to keep in touch with the art of soldiering and are liable to be called for an active duty during hostilities. 


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Monday, 3 December 2012

Book on Territorial Army

Dear Readers
My book titled "TERRITORIAL ARMY - HISTORY OF INDIA'S PART-TIME FORCES" is almost done and would be published very soon. Stay in touch with the blog to grab your copy.
Happy Reading.....

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Friday, 3 February 2012

East India Railway Volunteers (Volunteer Force of India)

Following excerpts have been taken from a book titled Among the Railway Folks written by Rudyard Kipling in 1888 (See chapter one, pp 3-4).
The author while describing Jamalpur (a small township in the Indian state of Bihar) narrates about a part-time territorial unit stationed there. He vividly mentions how the unit was so important to the spirit of the town.
"In the hot weather it splashes in the swimming bath, or reads, for it has a library of several thousand books. One of the most flourishing lodges in the Bengal jurisdiction —‘St. George in the East’— lives at Jamalpur, and meets twice a month. Its members point out with justifiable pride that all the fittings were made by their own hands; and the lodge in its accoutrements and the energy of the craftsmen can compare with any in India. But the institute is the central gathering place, and its half-dozen tennis-courts and neatlylaid-out grounds seem to be always full. Here, if a stranger could judge, the greater part of the flirtation of Jamalpur is carried out, and here the dashing apprentice — the apprentices are the liveliest of all — learns that there are problems harder than any he studies at the night school, and that the heart of a maiden is more inscrutable than the mechanism of a locomotive. On Tuesdays and Fridays the volunteers parade. A and B Companies, 150 strong in all, of the E.I.R. Volunteers, are stationed here with the band. Their uniform, grey with red facings, is not lovely, but they know how to shoot and drill. They have to. The ‘Company’ makes it a condition of service that a man must be a volunteer; and volunteer in something more than name he must be, or someone will ask the reason why. Seeing that there are no regulars between Howrah and Dinapore, the ‘Company’ does well in exacting this toll. Some of the old soldiers are wearied of drill, some of the youngsters don’t like it, but — the way they entrain and detrain is worth seeing. They are as mobile a corps as can be desired, and perhaps ten or twelve years hence the Government may possibly be led to take a real interest in them and spend a few thousand rupees in providing them with real soldiers’ kits — not uniform and rifle merely. Their ranks include all sorts and conditions of men — heads of the ‘Loco.’ and ‘Traffic,’— the Company is no respecter of rank — clerks in the ‘audit,’ boys from mercantile firms at home, fighting with the intricacies of time, fare, and freight tables; guards who have grown grey in the service of the Company; mail and passenger drivers with nerves of cast-iron, who can shoot through a long afternoon without losing temper or flurrying; light-blue East Indians; Tyne-side men, slow of speech and uncommonly strong in the arm; lathy apprentices who have not yet ‘filled out’; fitters, turners, foremen, full, assistant, and sub-assistant station masters, and a host of others. In the hands of the younger men the regulation Martini-Henry naturally goes off the line occasionally on hunting expeditions.
There is a twelve hundred yards range running down one side of the station, and the condition of the grass by the firing butts tells its own tale. Scattered in the ranks of the volunteers are a fair number of old soldiers, for the Company has a weakness for recruiting from the Army for its guards who may, in time, become stationmasters. A good man from the Army, with his papers all correct and certificates from his commanding officer, can, after depositing twenty pounds to pay his home passage, in the event of his services being dispensed with, enter the Company’s service on something less than one hundred rupees a month and rise in time to four hundred as a stationmaster. A railway bungalow — and they are as substantially built as the engines — will cost him more than one-ninth of the pay of his grade, and the Provident Fund provides for his latter end."

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Thursday, 26 January 2012