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  1. Xeric


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    Baloch Regiment



    The present Baloch Regiment is the result of an amalgamation of three very distinguished Infantry Regiments of Old Indian Army i.e., 8 Punjab, 10 Baloch and Bahawalpur Regiments. The amalgamation took place in 1956. Brief histories of each group are mentioned in the succeeding paras.

    Old 8 Punjab Regiment
    The history of the Regiment dates back to the year 1798 when “McLeod Ki Paltan”, the present one of the battalion of the Baloch Regiment, was raised at Masulipattam. After some time, it came to be known as 89th Punjabis. Later 90th, 92nd and 93rd Punjabis (presently Baloch Battalions of the Regiment) were also raised and the group got the name of “Madras Native Infantry”, as these battalions were raised at Madras.


    In 1903, the original names of the battalions i.e. 89th, 90th, 91st, 92nd and 93rd Punjabis were restored by Lord Kitchner on re-organization of the Indian Army. In 1922, on adoption of the group system in Indian Army, these battalions were grouped as 8 Punjab Regiment with its Training Centre at Lahore. This Centre was designated as 10/8 Punjab Regiment and the battalions were renamed as 1/8 Punjab (1 Baloch) Regiment, 2/8 Punjab (2 Baloch Regiment) etc. Some battalions were raised during World War I and II but were disbanded after the Wars and the Centre was left with only eight battalions. In 1943, the Centre was renamed as 8 Punjab Regimental Centre. The battalions of 8 Punjab Regiment served with distinction at many places and fought many battles during World Wars I and II, winning many gallantry awards and battle honours.

    Old 10 Baloch Regiment
    The first battalion of the old 10 Baloch Regiment, presently one of the Baloch Regiment, was raised in 1820 as 2nd battalion of the 12 Regiment of the Bombay Infantry. In 1825, another battalion was raised as 2nd extra Battalion of the Bombay Native Infantry. These battalions were renamed as 24th and 26th (6 and 7 Baloch) Regiment in 1826. They fought with great distinction during World War I and became famous as Bombay Toughs. The 3rd and 4th battalions of the Baloch Regiment were raised in 1844 and 1846 respectively (presently two Baloch Regiments). In addition Jacob's men brought own rifles and equipment raised 5th battalion. This battalion was known as Jacob's Rifles (presently one of the Baloch Regiment).


    The group of battalions was known as Bombay Infantry till 1891, after which these were renamed as Balochistan Light Infantry. For sometimes, only the Balochis were taken into these battalions. In 1905, these battalions were re-organized as 124th, 126th, 127th, 129th and 130th Rifle (Presently Baloch Regiments).

    During World War I, 124th became famous as "War Babies", while fighting in Palestine in 1918. It was renamed as 10th battalion and stationed at Karachi as a training battalion in 1921. The battalions were renamed as 1/10, 2/10,3/10 and 4/10 Baloch etc. The 1st, 3rd and 5th battalions were the Royal Battalions. Their attire, however, was not royal blue but green and cherry, and the Regiment adopted these colours. In 1923, the training Centre shifted to Rajkot, Kathiawar but was again brought to Karachi in 1929. The group expanded during World War II, and its units fought with distinction in many theatres of War, winning awards and contributing to the galaxy of the Battle honours.

    The Old Bahawalpur Regiment
    His Highness Nawab Muhammad Bahawal Khan Abbasi IV raised the first Bahawalpur Battalion in 1826. Another battalion, the 2nd Bahawalpur, was raised in 1827. These battaions became part of Indian State Forces later and came to be known as 1st and 2nd Bahawalpur Light Infantry respectively. Both these battalions fought with distinction during the first and second Kabul Wars in 1837 and 1879 and later during the both World Wars. During World War II, two more battalions were raised. Thus the Bahawalpur Regiment had four battalions at the time of Independence. The 1st and 2nd Bahawalpur Battalions were effective in subduing Mulraj during 1848/49, which helped to restore Multan to Muslims influence later on.

    As a sequel to the general reorganization of the Pakistan Army, the 6th (Bahawalpur) Division was disbanded during 1955 and the four battalions of the Bahawalpur Regiment were amalgamated with the Baluch (present Baloch) Regiment in April 1956.

    After Independence
    The Baloch Regiment played very significant role at the time of independence in 1947. A number of its battalions became famous for escorting refugee families safely to Pakistan. In Kashmir War of 1948 one of the Battalions of the Regiment captured the dominating height called "PANDU Feature" and evicted the Indians from there.

    Quaid-e-Azam Inspecting The First Honour Guard Of The 7/10th Baloch Regiment At Karachi - August 1947

    One of the battalions has the unique honour of presenting the first GUARD OF HONOUR to Quaid-i-Azam, Muhammad Ali Jinnah immediately after Independence and in return being awarded the First Pakistani Flag by the Quaid-i-Azam personally.

    At the time of Independence, the Centre of 10 Baloch Regiment was located at Karachi. It had nine battalions. Immediately after Independence, the Centre was moved to Quetta where it remained till April 1956, when it was shifted to Multan. On 7th May 1956, the present Baloch Regiment came into being by the amalgamation of 8th Punjab Regiment and Bahawalpur Regiment into the Baloch Regiment at Multan and this day is called the BALOCH DAY in the history. 8th Punjab Centre and Bahawalpur Centre were closed at Quetta and Dera Nawab Sahib respectively and their records were brought to Multan. The 8th Punjab Regiment added eight battalions.

    The Bloch Centre moved to Abbottabad in the last week of December 1957 and there it has remained ever since. The Regimental Centre was last to arrive in Abbottabad. Today, it has added into the glories of Abbottabad. The Centre has magnificent buildings, which depict its history and culture. The Balochis, as painted by R D Mackenzie, a British artist of the late Nineteenth Century, are fierce looking, stern featured, eagle eyed, turbaned horsemen with long hair and flowing beards, all armed with guns.


    Badge of Baloch Regiment


    Balochi Yalghar

    State of Central Balochistan emerged during 1404 under Khan of Kalat. The state had no organized Army; instead the administrators of Khan used to collect and enrol volunteers whenever required, known as 'Lashkars'. The picture reflects the charge of one of such Lashkars.


    The Badge Of Old 8 Punjab


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  2. Xeric


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    Baloch Regimental Band In The Field


    Regimental Badges


    Regimental Buttons 124th Balochistan Infantry


    Col R.E Fellows Commandant And 2nd in Comd Major Muhammad Sadiq
    With Quaid-e-Azam at Sibi May 1948


    The Prime Minister Of Pakistan Quaid-E-Millat Khan Liaqat Ali Khan Inspecting The Guard Of Honour Presented To Him By 11 Baluch Near Jaggu Head-Works In 1949

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  3. Silverfalcon

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    My Grand-Father was in the Baloch-Regiment.
    He was a Brigadier. Fought in both 65 and 71 war.
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  4. Xeric


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    More on Baloch Regiment

    Pakistan: The Baloch Regiment

    v.1.0 September 11, 2002
    Babar Mahmud

    Editor’s Note: This regiment was earlier called the Baluch Regiment, after the Pakistan province of Baluchistan. This spelling and pronunciation were, however, inherited from colonial days. The Pakistani pronounciation of the Baluch is Baloch, with the ch as in change.

    The Baloch regiment is second in seniority after the Punjab Regiment in the Pakistan Army. Its oldest battalion was raised more than two hundred years ago, in 1798 AD at Masulipattam, as the Macleod Ki Paltan [Macleod’s force], now the 1st Baloch. After raising, it later became the 89th Punjabis and was followed by 90th, 91st and 93rd Punjab Battalions. Combined these arms were given the title of the Madras Native Infantry.

    ‘It was the Madras Army’ says the regimental historian, ‘that was responsible to oust the French from the India. The battalions fought valiantly in expeditions that resulted in the unification of the territories which now make up India and modern Burma’.

    Storming through the jungles of Burma in the same century, uttering their blood-chilling battle cries, the Baluchis also led the fight to conquer that country and their name became immortalized as the ‘Burma’ battalions. In honor of their courage and valor the battalions were presented with an image of the mythical Burmese god, Chinthe, Which they adopted as their cap badge.

    The Baluchis are formidable fighting men. Through two centuries their lustrous deeds in campaigns throughout the sub-continent and in World War I and afterwards are writ large in the history of valor.

    One of the battalions raised in the first half of 19th century so distinguished itself on the battlefields of Europe and Palestine; it earned the name of the ‘Bombay Toughs’. Another, the 124th, raised in 1905, became the ‘War Babies’- for their youth and the courage they displayed in Palestine in 1918.

    Many awards for courage were won the Baluchis in the First World War and subsequently in campaigns across the sub-continent and in the Second World War.
    These including the first Victoria Cross ever awarded to an Indian soldier, not only a Muslim but also a Balochi: Lance Naik Khudad Dad Khan of the old
    4th Baloch, now 11th Baloch. For their fighting distinction and sheer courage in WWI, the British Government in India bestowed a noble monument in the gardens of Frere Hall, Karachi commemorating the officers, JCOs and men of the 10th Baloch Regiment who fell in battle which still stands.

    Another unique distinction in the regimental honor is that of the George Cross, Britain’s peacetime equivalent of the Victoria Cross, which was awarded to Captain Durrani of the 1st Bahawalpur Regiment, now the 8th Baloch.
    Altogether in its first 150 years, the regiment gathered one of the most distinguished records for bravery in military history, including fourteen Victoria Crosses, one George Cross, one CMC, 36 DSOs, 158 MCs, Service medals and civil honors and more than 350 mentions in dispatches.

    The Baloch Regiment like the Punjab Regiment and the Frontier Force Regiment are three British origin infantry regiments in Pakistan Army. The British ruled this area nearly 200 years and an Army Commander-in-Chief was always number two in rank after the Viceroy/Governor General in the sub-Continent. “Sub-Continent” means present day Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Burma. The British originally had three different armies to control this region, Bengal Army, Bombay Army and Madras Army. These three armies were united in 1895 as British Indian Army. More than 500 states were also working under British India, most of them, especially big states, had their own state forces.
    Present Baloch Regiment have its origin in Bombay Army, Madras Army and in State Forces of Bahawalpur in southern Punjab.

    Part of the Baluch Regiment’s origin is from the old Bombay Army raised in early nineteenth century , the senior battalion originated in the 2nd (Marine) Bn of the 12th Regiment of Bombay Native Infantry raised in 1820. In 1838, as the 24th Regiment of Bombay Native Infantry, they stormed Aden (Yemen), bringing that hotbed of pirates under the British flag. The 26th Bombay Native Infantry was raised in 1825 as the 2nd Extra Bn of Bombay Native Infantry, changing its name a year later. Sir Charles Napier raised two regiments in Karachi - the 1st and 2nd Baloch Regiments - for local service within Sind in 1844 and 1846 respectively.

    The term 'local' was interpreted fairly loosely when it became necessary to send the 2nd Baloch to the Persian War in 1856-57, a campaign frequently overshadowed by the events of the Independence War of Indian People (Great Mutiny by British) in 1857. The 1st was in Karachi when the news of the insurrection reached the Commissioner. Sir Bartle Frere dispatched them with all haste, on foot across the Sindh desert in May to join the siege artillery train on its way to Delhi, the only Bombay unit to join the Delhi Field Force. The regiment was brought into the regular line for its services in Central India and it became the 27th Regiment of Bombay Native Infantry in the post-Mutiny realignment.

    The 2nd Baloch, in the meantime, had qualified for a similar change in status for their work on the NW Frontier and became the 29th Regiment of Bombay Native Infantry. In 1858, Major John Jacob raised a local battalion, soon to be known as Jacob's Rifles and they made such a reputation in and around Jacobabad that they, too, were accorded regular status, becoming the 30th Regiment of Bombay Native Infantry or Jacob's Rifles in 1861. In the years which followed, the subsidiary title lapsed and does not appear to have been officially revived until 1910, by which time, the 24th, the 26th, the 27th, the 29th, and the 30th had all had one hundred added to their numbers in 1903, emerging as the 124th, the 126th, the 127th, the 129th and the 130th.

    A distinction shared by no other regiment was a spell in Japan by the 29th in 1864. They were summoned from Shanghai to Yokohama in September to protect Queen Victoria's British and Indian subjects. The British force remained in Japan until September the following year.

    The Baloch Regiment also owed its origins to the old Madras Army due to amalgamation of 8 Punjab in 1956 after re-organization of all Pakistan Infantry regiments. The 29th Madras Infantry was mustered out on 15 Oct 1893 and was reconstituted the next day at Meiktila in Central Burma as the 29th (7th Burma Bn) Madras Infantry, made up of Punjabis and Sikhs. Similarly, the 30th Madras Infantry became the 30th (5th Burma Bn) Madras Infantry, the 31st became the 31st (6th Burma Bn) Madras Infantry, the 32nd became the 32nd (4th Burma Bn) Madras Infantry and the 33rd the 33rd (3rd Burma Bn) Madras Infantry. In 1901, all these titles were simplified by removal of all mention of Madras and the five regiments were styled 29th Burma Infantry, 30th Burma Infantry, 31st Burma Light Infantry, 32nd Burma Infantry and 33rd Burma Infantry.

    These Burma battalions were to police the troublesome new territories acquired in the Third Burma War. In 1903, when all Madras regiments had sixty added to their numbers, the 29th and 30th became 89th and 90th Punjabis, the 31st became the 91st Punjabis (Light Infantry), the 32nd became the 92nd Punjabis whilst the 33rd only performed a half-change, entering the new Line as the 93rd Burma Infantry. It may be said that it was the Afghan Campaign of 1878-80 which set the seal on the future of the Madras soldier. The 30th Madras Native Infantry served in the Khyber Pass but suffered so much from extremes of cold that it put into doubt the suitability of the Southern soldier for service in what was clearly to be a recurring trouble spot.

    Performance of present Baloch Regiment’s units in FIRST WORLD WAR

    124th Duchess of Connaught's Baluchistan Infantry - India, Mesopotamia, Persia.
    2/124th (formed in 1916)- Persia, Mesopotamia, Egypt, India.
    3/124th (formed in 1917)- India, Persia, Mesopotamia.
    126th Baluchistan Infantry - India, Egypt, Muscat, Aden, Mosopotamia. 2/126th (formed in 1918) - India.
    127th Queen Mary's Own Baluch Light Infantry - India, East Africa, Persia.
    2/127th (formed in 1918) - India, Egypt.
    129th Duke of Connaught's Own Baluchis - India, France, East Africa.
    2/129th (formed in 1917) - India, Mesopotamia.
    130th King George's Own Baluchis (Jacob's Rifles) - India, East Africa.
    2/130th (formed in 1918) - India.

    Only the 2nd Bn of the 124th of the wartime raisings was retained after the post-war reforms.

    The 129th in the 3rd (Lahore) Division, was the only battalion of the regiment to serve on the Western Front, the first Indian regiment to attack the Germans, the first also on two other counts - to lose the first British officer and to earn the first Victoria Cross, this by Sepoy Khudadad Khan at Hollebeke. Wounded, he recovered to enjoy the distinction of being the first Indian soldier to receive the King Emperor's most coveted gift. Prior to 1911, Indian soldiers had not been eligible to receive the Cross.

    89th Punjabis - India, Aden, Egypt, Gallipoli, France, Mesopotamia, Greece, Russia.
    2/89th Punjabis (raised in 1917) - India, Mesopotamia 90th Punjabis - India, Mesopotamia
    2/90th Punjabis (raised in 1918) - India
    91st Punjabis - India, Mesopotamia, Egypt
    2/91st Punjabis (raised in 1918) - India, Egypt
    92nd Punjabis - India, Mesopotamia, Egypt
    93rd Burma Infantry - India, Egypt, France, Mesopotamia, Burma
    Following the return of Indian troops after the war, all the second battalions were disbanded with the exception of the 2/89th Punjabis.

    After the First World War, a major re-organization of British Indian Army took place. Most of the wartime units were disbanded and merged with each other. A new Regiment in the name of 10 Baloch was formed in 1922/23
    At Rajkot (Rajasthan) with composition of Punjabi Muslims, Pathans, Baluchis and Brahuis. Balochi and Brahuis are two great tribal origin peoples of Balochistan province (now in Pakistan). Balochies are also constituted a major part of population of Sindh Province (also in Pakistan). Pathans are great warriors from the NWFP and West Punjab (both are also in Pakistan). The Baloch Regiment is the only one which represents all of Pakistan’s provinces.

    The badge chosen for the 10th Baluch Regiment in 1923 was a Roman 'Ten' within a crescent moon, a crown above and title scroll below.

    The line-up of battalions for the new regiment was as under:
    124th Duchess of Connaught's Own Baluchistan Infantry redesignated as1st Bn.
    126th Baluchistan Infantry - redesignated as2nd Bn
    127th Queen Mary's Own Baluch Light Infantry - redesignated as 3rd Bn (Queen Mary's Own)
    129th Duke of Connaught's Own Baluchis - redesignated as 4th Bn (Duke of Connaught's Own)
    130th King George's Own Baluchis - redesignated as 5th Bn (King George's Own) (Jacobs Rifles) 10th Baluch Regiment.
    2/124th Duchess of Connaught's Own Baluchistan Infantry - redesignated as 10th Bn

    There was no Territorial battalion but the 5/10th was selected for Indianisation. It was not among the initial six infantry battalions nominated in 1923, but it featured in a supplementary list in 1933.

    8 Punjab (now part of Baloch regiment) was also formed by the union of the following regiments of Punjabis:
    The new line-up was as follows:

    89th Punjabis redesignated as 1st Bn 8th Punjab Regiment
    90th Punjabis redesignated as 2nd Bn 8th Punjab Regiment
    91st Punjabis (Light Infantry) redesignated as 3rd Bn 8th Punjab Regiment
    92nd (Prince of Wales's Own) Punjabis redesignated as 4th Bn 8th Punjab Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)
    93rd Burma Infantry redesignated as 5th Bn 8th Punjab Regiment (Burma)
    2/89th Punjabis redesignated as 10th Bn 8th Punjab Regiment
    The 92nd had been made 'Prince of Wales's Own' in 1921 for their services during the war.

    The 5th Bn of the new regiment was nominated in the early 1930s as one of the battalions chosen for Indianization.

    There was no Territorial battalion raised for the 8th Punjab Regiment
    The badge chosen for the 8th Punjab Regiment on its creation in 1923 was probably one of the most interesting and heraldically appealing. In the light of the former history of the constituent regiments, it was appropriate that the new regiment should adopt the Chinthe, the mythical lion-dragon, the guardian of Buddhist pagodas, above the numerical '8' and the title scroll.

    Performance of the 10 Baloch and 8 Punjab Regiments in World War II

    10 Baloch

    * 1st Battalion - India, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Egypt.
    * 2nd Battalion - India, Malaya. Captured in Singapore in February 1942.
    Reformed in April 1946 from cadre of 9/10 Baluch.
    * 3rd Battalion - India, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Sicily, Italy. On return to India, the battalion was nominated for conversion to a parachute role to join 2 Indian Airborne Division.
    * 4th Battalion - India, East Africa, Egypt, Cyprus, Italy.
    * 5th Battalion - India, Burma.
    * 6th Battalion - raised in Karachi on 1 Jan 40. India. Disbanded 1 Feb. 47.
    * 7th Battalion - raised in Benares on 10 Oct 40. India. Burma.
    * 8th Battalion - raised in Karachi on 1 Feb. 41. India, Burma. Disbanded 22 Dec 1946.
    * 9th Battalion - raised in Nasirabad on 1 Feb. 41. India. Disbanded 25 Apr 46 but almost 500 men went to reform the regular 2nd Bn.
    * 14th Battalion - raised in Karachi on 1 Feb. 41. India, Burma, Malaya, Siam. Disbanded 15 Sep 46.
    * 16th Battalion - raised in Karachi on 15 Oct 41. India, Burma, Malaya. Disbanded March 1946.
    * 17th Battalion - raised November 1942 by conversion of 53 Regt IAC, India, Iraq, Palestine, Greece, Libya.
    * 18th Battalion - raised originally as 25 Garrison Bn, it became an active battalion and was redesignated 18/10th. India. Disbanded May 1944.
    * 25th Garrison Battalion - raised in Karachi in July 1941. On conversion to active status, it was redesignated the 18/10th.
    * 26th Garrison Battalion - raised in Karachi in March 1942. India. Disbanded 1946.
    * Machine Gun Battalion - raised in Karachi on 15 Apr 42. Converted to 53 Regt IAC August 1942. Redesignated 17/10th November 1942.

    In common with many other Indian Infantry regiments, the 10th Baluch Regiment lost its number and, at the end of 1945, became The Baluch Regiment.

    8 Punjab

    * 1st Battalion - India, Malaya. Captured on Singapore Island in February 1942.
    Reformed in 1946 by redesignation of 9/8 Punjab.
    * 2nd Battalion - India, Burma.
    * 3rd Battalion - India, Persia, Egypt, Italy.
    * 4th Battalion - India, Iraq, Iran.
    * 5th Battalion - India, Burma, Malaya, Dutch East Indies.
    * 6th Battalion (Machine Gun) - raised in August 1940. India, Burma, Malaya, Dutch East Indies.
    * 7th Battalion - raised in August 1940. India, Malaya. Captured on Singapore Island in February 1942.
    * 8th Battalion - raised in May 1941. India, Burma.
    * 9th Battalion - raised in May 1941. Joined 6/15 Punjab and 6/16 Punjab in 39 Indian Infantry Brigade, the only all-Punjab brigade in the Indian Army. India, Ceylon, Cyprus. Redesignated 1/8 Punjab in 1946.
    * 14th Battalion - redesignated 9th (Punjab) HAA Regt Indian Artillery in June 1942.
    * 15th Battalion - Raised in January 1942. India. Became a training battalion for VCOs and NCOs.
    * 16th Battalion - Raised in August 1943. India.
    * 25th Garrison Battalion - raised in April 1941. India.
    * 26th Garrison Battalion - raised in March 1942. India.

    The Regiment's pipes and drums went to London in 1946 to march in the Victory parade, their claim being that they were the best in the Indian Army.

    Battle Honors before 1947
    Aden, Reshire, Bushire, Koosh-ab, Persia. Delhi 1857, Central India, Abyssinia, Kandahar 1880, Cochin, Maheidpore, Ava, Afghanistan 1878-80, Egypt 1882, Tel-el-Kebir, Burma 1885-87, British East Africa 1896, British East Africa 1897-99, China 1900, , Messiness 1914, Armentieres 1914, Ypres 1914-15, Gheluvelt, Festubert 1914, Givenchy 1914, Neuve Chapelle, St. Julian, Loos, France and Flanders 1915, Egypt 1915, Megiddo, Sharon, Palestine 1918, Aden, Kut-al-Amara 1917, Baghdad, Mesopotamia 1916-18, Persia 1915-18, NW Frontier, India 1917, Kilimanjaro, Behobeho, East Africa 1915-18, Afghanistan 1919.Macedonia 1918, Helles, Krithia, Gallipoli 1915, Suez Canal, Egypt 1915, Megiddo, Sharon, Palestine 1918, Tigris 1916, Kut-al-Amara 1917,
    North Malaya, Jitra, Gurun, Malaya 1941-42, The Trigno, Perano, The Sangro, Villa Grande, Gustav Line, Monte Grande, The Senio, Italy 1943-45, Gallabat, Barentu, Massawa, The Cauldron, Ruweisat Ridge, El Alamein, North Africa 1940-43, Landing in Sicily, Sicily 1943, Castel Frentano, Orsogna, Arezzo, Monte Cedrone, Citta di Castello, Monte Calvo, Gothic Line, Plan di Castello, Croce, Gemmano Ridge, San Marino, San Paulo-Monte Spacata, Monte Cavallo, Cesena, Savio Bridgehead, Casa Bettini, Idice Bridgehead, Italy 1943-45 Donbaik, North Arakan, The Shweli, Myitson, Kama, Burma 1942-45; Athens, Greece 1944-45, North Malaya, Machang, Singapore Island, Malaya 1941-42, Kuzeik, North Arkan, Point 551, Maungdaw, Shwebo, Kyaukmyaung Bridgehead, Mandalay, Capture of Meiktila, Defense of Meiktila, The Irrawaddy, Pegu 1945, Sittang 1945, Burma 1942-45.


    In August 1947, the sub-continent was freed from British rule and dived between Pakistan and India. 10 Baloch, 8 Punjab, and Bahawalpur State Forces were allotted to Pakistan. Dogra companies of 10 Baloch remained in India and transferred to, among other regiments, The Indian Grenadiers. The Regimental center was shifted to Quetta in 1946.

    10 Baloch Regimental Center was at Quetta had 50% Punjabi Muslims [PMs], 25% Pathans and 25% Dogras. After the departure of Dogras, new composition was 50% each PMs and Pathans.

    On transfer of power, the active battalions were the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 7th.

    * 1 Baloch had 50% PMs, 25% Pathans and 25% Dogras was stationed at Secunderabad , in Aug 1947 moved to Kasur/Lahore. PMs from 5/6 Rajputana Rifles replaced Dogras.
    * 2 Baloch consisted of 3 companies of PMs and one of Dogras was stationed at Razmak.
    * 3 Baloch 50% PMs, 25% Pathans and 25% Dogras was stationed at Quetta.
    * 4 Baloch 50% PMs, 25% Pathans and 25% Dogras was stationed at Nowshera. In 1948 it moved to Kashmir.
    * 5 Baloch 50% PMs, 25% Pathans and 25% Dogras was stationed in Fort Sandeman (Zhob). In March it moved to Quetta and in Dec in Sialkot.
    * 7 Baloch 50% PMs, 25% Pathans and 25% Dogras was stationed at Kanpur when it received orders to move to Fort Sandeman (Zhob). In July, the unit received orders to move Karachi before 7 August and prepare for ceremonies in connection with Independence of Pakistan.

    The Battalion had the distinction of providing the first guard of honor to the Quaid-I-Azam as he stepped on the soil of Pakistan. Major Shukat Ali commanded the guard of honor. On 14th August the Subedar Major [the battalion’s senior warrant officer] unfurled the first flag at the Governor General’s residence. The flag was later presented to 7/10 Baloch by Quaid-I-Azam.

    The 8th Punjab Regiment was allocated to Pakistan and the Sikh companies returned to India, principally to replace Punjabi Muslim companies in battalions of The Sikh Regiment and to help in creation of new Sikh battalions.

    The regular battalions on transfer of power were the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th.
    Bahawalpur Regiment was raised among the Bahawlpur state forces. The Bahawalpur Regiment had two active battalions 1 Bahawalpur, 3 Bahawalpur. 4 Bahawalpur was raised from the officers and men from 2 Patiala (raised in 1919) in July 1948.

    In 1947, men of Baloch Regiment were assigned the task of escorting the weary refugees fleeing India, earning the regiment-honored name of Ghazi Balochi.
    Based at Abbottabad since Dec 1957, the Baloch fought with great courage in the 1947-48 Kashmir Conflict, and in the two wars with India in 1965 and 1971, winning 279 awards for bravery- Including three Hilal-e-Jurats, one of Pakistan’s highest awards for valor and 73 Sitara-e-Jurat.

    The Regiment’s long list of battle honors dates from the battle of Cochin in 1809 to battle of Qaiser-I-Hind in 1971.

    In 1957, a major re-organization took place in infantry Regiments of Pakistan most of the regiments organized in 1922/23 were re-organized and the regimental centers reduced from 11 to 5.

    The Baloch Regiment was re-organized by merging the 10 Baloch, 8 Punjab and Bahawalpur Regiments.

    The new regimental center was set up at Abbottabad in December 1957. The new line up of the regiment was:

    Old New
    Baloch Regiment

    1 Baloch 6 Baloch
    2 Baloch 7 Baloch
    3 Baloch 10 Baloch
    4 Baloch 11 Baloch
    5 Baloch 12 Baloch
    6 Baloch 14 Baloch
    7 Baloch 15 Baloch
    8 Baloch 16 Baloch
    17 Baloch 19 Baloch

    8 Punjab Regiment
    1/8 Punjab 1 Baloch
    2/8 Punjab 2 Baloch
    3/8 Punjab 3 Baloch
    4/8 Baloch 4 Baloch
    5/8 Baloch 5 Baloch
    6/8 Baloch 13 Baloch
    8/8 Baloch 17 Baloch
    9/8 Baloch 18 Baloch

    Bahawalpur Regiment
    1 Bahawalpur 8 Baloch
    2 Bahawalpur 9 Baloch
    3 Bahawalpur 20 Baloch
    4 Bahawalpur 21 Baloch

    In 1958 Pakistan Raised SSG (Special Services Group) Commandos from 19 Baluch (old 17/10 Baluch) at Cherat, a hill station not far from Peshawar, Dedicated CIA and US Special Forces personnel trained the SSG as part of US ‘Military Aid to Pakistan’ Programme (US MAP), among the instructors Chuck Lord, Robert Buckley, Robert Dunn, Maj. Murray, Lt. Hicks, Sommers, etc. Pakistani SSG officers traveled to Fort Bragg and/or Fort Benning for advanced training. Robert Dunn knew most SSG personnel by name, having spent almost his whole life in this area. Casey chose him to be CIA’s Operations Chief for the Afghan War.

    Orders of Battle - Orbat.com News (America Goes to War)
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2009
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  5. fatman17


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    admin - these threads should be made "stckeys"
    punjab/frontier/baluch regiments

    great work xeric!!!
  6. VrSoLdIeRs


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    nice work... My father was from 10 Balouch... has anyone been to the Balouch mess in abbotabad? it gives a bird-eye view of the whole city, is simply awesome. 'Kai Kai' is an expression related to them, it dates back to the WWII, they were supposed to reinforce and the commander of the forward troops was like 'Kai Kai' (where? where?) and all of a sudden the reinforcements appeared n they were able to take out enemy post with ease.
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  7. SparklingCrescent

    SparklingCrescent FULL MEMBER

    Feb 23, 2008
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    Guy we need more threads like these!! very informative. If you have time, mind doing more for other regiments? :D
  8. A1Kaid


    Oct 20, 2008
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    United States
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  9. Xeric


    Mar 31, 2008
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    Baloch Regimental Center, Abottabad:

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  10. Umair Nawaz

    Umair Nawaz ELITE MEMBER

    Sep 10, 2012
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    yes i have been there is really awesome!!
  11. Ziras


    Aug 30, 2010
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    Finally i know the meanung of 'kai kai baloch'.
    After all those years seeing this slogan written on the mountains...
  12. Leader


    Sep 7, 2010
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    My friend was in Baloch regiment... he is no more !! :cry:
  13. asad71


    May 24, 2011
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    If my memory serves me right, Kai Kai was a village in France where two successive attacks by a Baloch bn was repulsed with extensive casualty. Thereafter, the British Adjutant collected all the Followers, batmen, cooks,etc, lined them up before the objective and yelled "There is Kai Kai'. This last desperate attack was successful. Henceforth "Kai Kai" has become the battle cry of the Balochis - which interestingly was also heard in between Naraey Taqbirs in '65 War.
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  14. genmirajborgza786

    genmirajborgza786 PDF VETERAN

    Mar 20, 2006
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    sir' how do you know so much ? sir' please tell us more about yourself sir' were you in the Pakistan army pre-71
    your knowledge can be a valuable addition to pdf
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  15. Armstrong


    Feb 2, 2012
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    I read somewhere that he did serve in the Pakistan Army & fought for Pakistan (both the East & the West) in '65 ! We're proud of Asad Sahib ! :kiss3:

    P.S Oyeee tou flag kiyun nahin change kartaaa ! :angry: