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19 Infantry Division / Dagger Division

The Indian 19 Infantry Division was raised in Secunderabad in India in 1941. During World War II, 19 Infantry Division played a prominent part in the final part of the Burma Campaign. Initially it consisted of the 62nd, 63rd and 64th Indian Infantry Brigades. Until late 1942 the division remained under temporary commanders, when Major General Thomas Wynford Rees was appointed commander. Under the Indian XXXIII Corps, 19 Infantry Division played a major role in the capture of Mandalay. Transferred to Indian IV Corps, it guarded the British Fourteenth Army's's line of communication and mounted an offensive towards Mawchi, in the Shan States. During World War II the division was referred to as the "Golden Dagger Division", from its divisional sign, which was a hand thrusting a dagger overhand, in yellow on a red background. After independence, the "Dagger Division" insignia was placed on a black background, common to other Indian infantry divisions.

During the 1965 Indo-Pakistan War, Major General Swarup Singh Kalaan was in command of the 19 Infantry Division in the Uri-Baramula-Gulmarg Sector. The first report of Pakistani infiltration was received in his area. He planned and executed operations to hunt the infiltrators, capture their bases and block routes of infiltration. In order to capture the Hajipur Pass and the subsequent link-up towards Poonch, he himself led his troops against the well entrenched Pakistan Army posts. They managed to throw out the enemy from their well guarded positions. He succeeded in his mission by showing exemplary leadership, determination and courage in the best traditions of the Indian Army. He was awarded the Maha Vir Chakra (MVC) on 5th August, 1965.

Bangladesh attained Independence in 1971. The Indian 19 Infantry Division with a front of 200 kms and 25000 military forces not only guarded the whole of the Kashmir Valley but also went on to capture a great deal of POK territory. For this distinguished service of the most exceptional order, the Major General responsible for the entire operation was awarded the distinguished Param Visisht Seva Medal (PVSM).

An Aman Yatra was organised in 2001 under the aegis of Dagger Division for the schoolchildren of the border areas of Baramulla district in the Kashmir Valley. The visit was flagged off at a colourful ceremony by Maj Gen MC Bhandari, GOC, Dagger Division which was attended by officials of the civil administration and people from neighbouring villages. The group comprised 27 boys and six girls accompanied by two teachers. This yatra was aimed at moulding the young and impressionable children of the Kashmir Valley towards the national mainstream and expose them to the rich cultural and historical heritage of India.

One of the oldest and most decorated Signals regiments of the Indian Army, the 19 Infantry Divisional Signal Regiment (Dagger-Signals) celebrated its Diamond Jubilee. The regiment which has a motto "every post to every dost" was raised on May 9 in 1948. Information Warriors of the regiment have faced combat in every military operation undertaken till date and have acquitted themselves with honour and glory, in all of them. Major General SA Hasnain, General Officer Commanding of Dagger Division unveiled the first day cover and gave valuable guidance to the unit. Senior officers, most of them being the ex Commanding Officers of the regiment, also graced the occasion to share their nostalgia and boost the morale of Dagger Signallers, he said.

On 18 April 2007 Army today announced a massive developmental plan for Baramulla district under the aegis Baramulla-vision 2007. The announcement was made by General Officer Commanding (GOC) 19 infantry division Baramulla Major General Ramesh Halgali at a function. He announced that army plans to set up a women empowerment center, a Fashion Design School at Baramulla, Dagger Complex with state of art facility, a computer Training Center to impart computer education including three dimensional Animation Computer Graphics and computer aided carpet course, beside a placement cell to meet facilitate the educated youth.

Army Recruiting Office, Srinagar, under the aegis of Headquarters Recruiting Zone (J&K and Punjab), has organized a week long open recruitment rally at Baramulla. The recruitment rally which commenced on February 16 lasted until February 22, 2009. During the rally the eligible candidates belonging to all the districts of Kashmir valley would be appointed for Soldier General Duty, Soldier General Duty (Non Matric), Soldier Clerk/Store Keeper, Soldier Technical, Soldier Nursing Assistant and Soldier Tradesmen. The rally was flagged off by the GOC, Dagger Division, DDG Recruiting (J&K and Punjab), Deputy GOC Dagger Division and Station Commander Baramulla.



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