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Saturday, February 5, 2011

5th Battalion The Grenadiers

FDC No. 4
Issued by: The Army Postal Service 20 Oct 2010
First Day Cover Illustration: 50 Years, 5th Battalion The Grenadiers
The oldest Grenadier Regiment of the armies in the Commonwealth belongs to the Indian Army. A composite battalion comprising Grenadier companies of Bombay Sepoys won the famous battle of Talegaon in 1778. By 1784, the group of Grenadier companies had been given the title of Bombay Grenadiers. The concept of 'Grenadiers' evolved from the practice of selecting the bravest and strongest men for the most dangerous tasks in combat. The Grenadiers have one of the longest unbroken record of existence in the Indian Army.

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