Charles Anthony Brigade

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Charles Anthony Brigade
Part ofLiberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
Motto(s)Do or Die
Balasegaram Kandiah, Lt Colonel Amuthab, Lt Colonel Gobith

The Charles Anthony Brigade,[1] was the first conventional fighting formation created by the LTTE. It was founded on 10 April 1991, and was initially trained under the leadership of Col. Balraj. It was one of the oldest and most highly trained infantry units of the Tamil Tigers. It participated in many conventional battles fought against the Sri Lankan Army (SLA) including Operation Jayasikurui, Battle of Mullaitivu, Battle of Kilinochchi and Second Battle of Elephant Pass.[2]

Military analysts said that with the fall of Elephant Pass the Charles Anthony Brigade established the Tigers as the only non-state military force in the world capable of complex military manoeuvres.[2] The Elephant Pass was described as "impregnable" by a US army officer who visited the garrison months before its fall to the Tamil Tigers in April 2000.[2]

Charles Lucas Anthony, from Trincomalee District of Sri Lanka, was a close associate of LTTE leader Vellupillai Pirapaharan, and was killed in a close encounter with Sri Lankan Army soldiers in Meesalai on 15 July 1983. Pirapaharan named the Charles Anthony Brigade as a tribute to his close friend.

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  1. ^ "Charles Anthony Brigade retrained". DefenceNet. 2007-02-07. Retrieved 2008-10-08.
  2. ^ a b c "Charles Anthony Brigade celebrates 15th anniversary of inauguration". Tamilnet. 2006-04-11. Retrieved 2008-10-08.