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33 Corps / XXXIII Corps

The Siliguri-based 33 Corps handles the sensitive Indo-Tibetan border. XXXIII Corps, the formation that was responsible for the defence of the Macmahon line.

The 33 Corps Operating Signal Regiment was a part of 14 Army during World War-II. The regiment moved to its present location alongwith the Corps HQ in 1962. It participated in the 1962 India-China war and captured some Chinese communication equipment. These equipment are kept in Corps of Signals Museum at Jabalpur to enable the future generations of soldiers know about the bravery and dedication shown by their predecessors.

In the Summer of 2003 Lt Gen Avtar Singh, GOC, 33 Corps inaugurated a new housing complex for the jawans of Sukna Military Station at Siliguri. The Ugrah Vihar consists of 30 dwelling units in an eco-friendly environment. The project costing approximately Rs 1.25 crore was completed under the Fast Track scheme. The construction was completed in a record time of one year. The inauguration was followed by a tree plantation. The housing complex has been named after Late Lance Nk Ram Ugrah Pandey of 8 Guards who was awarded Maha Vir Chakra posthumously during 1971 war. The jawan had killed three enemy soldiers and destroyed three enemy bunkers before he attained martyrdom.

In January 2007 a commemoration ceremony was held at 'Hilli Memorial' at Hill Town to pay homage to the supreme sacrifice of the Indian soldiers. The ceremony commenced with the unfurling of the national flag by Brig SK Sangwan, Commander, 202 Mountain Brigade. During the function on behalf of the Commander, 33 Corps, a cheque for Rs 10,000 was presented to Debashish Kumar Chaky, Secretary, Dakshin Dinajpur Praktan Sainik Sangha. The battle for Hilli gateway town to East Pakistan, now partially in South Dinajpur district of West Bengal, was fought from November 23 to December 12, 1971. In this fierce battle, victory saw gallant martyrdom of seven officers, five JCOs and 114 other ranks while five officers, nine JCOs and 212 other ranks were wounded.

In April 2008 Anuradha Raj, the president of Army Wives' Welfare Association (AWWA), 33 Corps, dedicated an Amazement Park to Shaurya Army Pre School in Sukna on April 12. The park is a venture of the AWWA's electrical maintenance and engineering branch of HQ 33 Corps. The school provides pre-primary education to the children of defence personnel and local civilians. The park is the first of its kind in any school in India. The entrance to the park is in the form of a magnificent maze.

Siliguri 2642'N8826'E

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20 Mountain Division - Kirpan
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