Sub-units of the Frontier Force Regiment

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The Frontier Force Regiment consists of battalions with their own history. Most were formed after independence, but some are much older.

They are known as Piffers in refereence to the former Punjab Irregular Force (PIF) formed by the British in 1851. The PIF consisted of five regiments of cavalry, eleven regiments of infantry and five batteries of artillery besides the Corps of Guides. Their mission was to maintain order on the Punjab Frontier. Most of them were allotted to Pakistan at the time of the independence of Pakistan. Only the 5th Gorkha Rifles (Frontier Force), and the 2nd (Derajat) and 4th (Hazara) Mountain Batteries went to India. The present Piffers include the Frontier Force Regiment, seven armoured regiments and the 1st (SP) Medium Regiment, Artillery of Pakistan Army.

Frontier Force Regiment Battalions[edit]

Since formation in 1956, the battalions have been known officially by their ordinal number followed by the legend "FF". However since many of the original fifteen battalions were from prior regiments, they were raised under different names, which are indicated. In some cases the battalion may be better known by the original name or nickname. 2 FF for instance is known better as "Guides Infantry" after the fact it was drawn from the infantry component of the Corps of Guides when that unit was disbanded. Some memenbers of 15 FF, still call their battalion, "2 Pathan" which was the designation the battalion had as a unit of the Pathan Regiment.

PIFFER Units
Unit Raised As Raising Day Place of Raising Raised by Motto
1 FF (Garbar Unath)[1] Scinde Camel Corps December 1, 1843 Karachi Lt Robert Fitz Gerald Ready Aye Ready
2 FF Corps of Guides December 14, 1846 Mardan Lt Harry Burnett Lumsden Rough & Ready
3 FF 1st Regiment of Infantry, the Frontier Brigade /
1st Sikh Local Infantry
December 10, 1846 Hoshiarpur Capt J S Hodgson
4 FF 2nd Regiment of Infantry, the Frontier Brigade /
2nd (Hill Regiment) Sikh Local Infantry
December 22, 1846 Kangra Capt James William Stephen Tunpur Bawanja
5 FF 3rd Regiment of Infantry, the Frontier Brigade /
3rd Sikh Local Infantry
January 1, 1847 Ferozpur Capt F Winter
6 FF 4th Regiment of Infantry, the Frontier Brigade /
4th Sikh Local Infantry
December 14, 1846 Ludhiana Capt Colin Mackenzie
7 FF 1st Punjab Infantry (Coke Paltan) May 18, 1849 Peshawar Capt John Coke Chattak
8 FF (Bhaiband) 2nd Punjab Infantry, 56 Frontier Force Rifles, 2/13 Frontier Force Rifles. (Johnston Ki Paltan) April 2, 1849 Mianwali Lt J. C. Johnston Bhaiband Chhewanjah
9 FF (Sust) 4th Punjab Infantry (Denniss Ki Paltan) April 19, 1849 Lahore Capt George Gladwin Denniss[2] Barhe Challo
10 FF (Dastoori 58) 5th Punjab Infantry (Vaughan Ki Paltan) March 1, 1849 Layyah Capt James Eardley Gastrell[3] Fattah Ya Shahadat
11 FF 11th Territorial Bn 12th Frontier Force Regiment March 11, 1922 Nowshera Sir John Loader Meffay Fast & Furious
12 FF 11th Territorial Bn 13th Frontier Force Rifles March 12, 1922 Campbellpore Lt Sher Muhammad Warriors
13 FF 8th Bn 12th Frontier Force Regiment April 1, 1941 Bareilly Lt Col J. E. Redding
14 FF 9th Bn 12th Frontier Force Regiment April 1, 1941 Jhansi Lt Col J. A. Blood NAUBARA
15 FF 14th Bn 13th Frontier Force Rifles April 1, 1941 Jhansi Lt Col A. Felix Williams Fighting Fifteen
16 FF 16th Bn Frontier Force Regiment September 12, 1965 Abbottabad Lt Lt Col Qazi Abdul Majid Khan
17 FF 17th Bn Frontier Force Regiment September 12, 1965 Abbottabad Lt Col Iftikhar Ahmed Rana Aik Saath
18 FF 18th Bn Frontier Force Regiment September 19, 1965 Abbottabad Lt Col Ghous Muhammad Malik Old and Bold
19 FF 19th Bn Frontier Force Regiment September 26, 1965 Abbottabad Lt Col Muhammad Ayub Afridi PIFFER Tigers
20 FF 20th Bn Frontier Force Regiment October 1, 1965 Abbottabad Lt Col Anwar ul Haq Tayyar Har Dam Tayyar
21 FF 21st Bn Frontier Force Regiment October 1, 1965 Abbottabad Lt Col Nur ul Haq Khail Ullah's
22 FF 22nd Bn Frontier Force Regiment October 23, 1965 Shinkiari Lt Col Tariq Muhammad Mir Janbaz
23 FF 23rd Bn Frontier Force Regiment October 25, 1965 Abbottabad Lt Col Mir Ijaz Mehmood (SJ) Jarrar
24 FF 24th Bn Frontier Force Regiment November 22, 1965 Abbottabad Lt Col Muhammad Akbar Khan Al Badar
25 FF 25th Bn Frontier Force Regiment November 22, 1965 Abbottabad Lt Col Muhammad Safdar Iqbal Lajawab
26 FF 26th Bn Frontier Force Regiment November 22, 1965 Abbottabad Lt Col Abdullah Saeed Khaara Shagaaf
27 FF 27th Bn Frontier Force Regiment January 22, 1965 Abbottabad Lt Col Luqman Mehmood
28 FF 28th Bn Frontier Force Regiment February 22, 1966 Abbottabad Lt Col Hayat Ullah God and Our Bayonets
29 FF 29th Bn Frontier Force Regiment November 30, 1966 Abbottabad Lt Col Ghulam Hussain ZARB-E-HADEED
30 FF 30th Bn Frontier Force Regiment April 10, 1969 Abbottabad Major Abdul Shakoor Jan (SJ) Dhulloi Tigers
31 FF 31st Bn Frontier Force Regiment October 15, 1970 Lahore Lt Col Jahan Gul Karrar
32 FF 32nd Bn Frontier Force Regiment April 1, 1971 Abbottabad Lt Col Rehmat Ullah Khan Al Jannisar
33 FF 33rd Bn Frontier Force Regiment April 8, 1971 Abbottabad Lt Col Feroz Alam Khan Chhamb Battalion
34 FF 34th Bn Frontier Force Regiment April 1, 1971 Abbottabad Lt Col Khalid Manzoor Khan Raiders
35 FF 35th Bn Frontier Force Regiment April 19, 1971 Abbottabad Lt Col Muhammad Akram Raja (HJ) Charging Bulls
36 FF 36th Bn Frontier Force Regiment April 19, 1971 Abbottabad Lt Col Murad Khan Nayyar Volunteers
37 FF 37th Bn Frontier Force Regiment April 10, 1971 Abbottabad Lt Col C. K. Shinwari Al Barq
38 FF 38th Bn Frontier Force Regiment April 28, 1971 Abbottabad Lt Col Saeed Ullah Khan Sangi
39 FF 39th Bn Frontier Force Regiment October 11, 1971 Abbottabad Lt Col Ijaz Ahmed
40 FF 40th Bn Frontier Force Regiment October 11, 1971 Abbottabad Lt Col Imran Ullah Khan shooter's
41 FF 41st Bn Frontier Force Regiment December 6, 1971 Abbottabad Lt Col Muhammad Akram Zarb-e-Haider
42 FF 42nd Bn Frontier Force Regiment December 7, 1971 Abbottabad Lt Col Muhammad Iqbal
43 FF[4] 43rd Bn Frontier Force Regiment December 9, 1971 Abbottabad Lt Col Muhammad Ajmal Allah Hoo
44 FF 44th Bn Frontier Force Regiment March 1, 1972 Karachi Lt Col Z. S. Usmani Fighting Four
45 FF 45th Bn Frontier Force Regiment February 15, 1983 Havelian Lt Col Muhammad Mohsin Saf Shikan
46 FF 46th Bn Frontier Force Regiment September 1, 1983 Abbottabad Lt Col Khan Adeeb Ahmed Umarzai Sher-E-Yazdan
47 FF 47th Bn Frontier Force Regiment March 9, 1985 Havelian Lt Col Javed Iqbal Khan Jeedar
48 FF 48th Bn Frontier Force Regiment April 11, 1985 Abbottabad Lt Col Muhammad Arif Bangash Paish Rau
49 FF 49th Bn Frontier Force Regiment April 9, 1988 Kohat Lt Col Abdul Rashid Malik Farz Shanas
63 FF 53rd Bn Frontier Force Regiment January 10, 1991 Abbottabad Lt Col Arshad Shah TRAITH TARWANJA - SHAIR KA PANJA
64 FF (Churanja Chaunth) 54th Bn Frontier Force Regiment April 2, 1994 Quetta Lt Col Rashid Ali Bangash "ZABARDAST"
65 FF 55th Bn Frontier Force Regiment March 30, 1994 Malakand Lt Col Inayat Ullah Khan Niazi Taza Dam

Armoured and Artillery Regiments with historic links to the Frontier Force Regiment[edit]

These regiments are separate from the Frontier Force Regiment, but have historical links

PIFFER Armour & Artillery Units
Unit Raising Day Place of Raising Raised by Motto
Guides Cavalry December 14, 1846 Peshawar Lt H. B. Lumsden
11 Cavalry (FF) May 18, 1849 Peshawar Lt H. D. Daly
12 Cavalry (FF) April 15, 1849 Lahore Lt S. J. Browne
23 Cavalry June 4, 1962 Kharian Lt Col Ghulam Muhammad Khan
24 Cavalry June 7, 1962 Lahore Lt Col Muhammad Afzal Khan Charging 24
25 Cavalry June 9, 1962 Kharian Lt Col Nisar Ahmad Khan Men of Steel
41 Horse October 24, 1982 Kharian Lt Col Zia ul Ghaffar
1 SP Regiment, Artillery December 14, 1846 Peshawar/Bannu Capt Brougham / Lt Hammond Pur Azam Ba Waqar

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "The Frontier Force Regiment, Pakistan Army". Allied Regiments. The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Quarterly Indian Army List January 1919, p.1251; Correspondence of Lt.Col. G.G.Denniss(1821-1862), 1st European Bengal Fusiliers, Ed. P.Chantler, South Molton, Devon, UK, 2010.
  3. ^ 13th Native Bengal Infantry Regiment, Lt.Col. by 1865. Applied for cadetship in EIC Armies 1833/4
  4. ^ Arshad Qureshi, Hakeem (2002). The 1971 Indo-Pak War: A Soldier's Narrative. USA: Oxford University Press. p. 262. ISBN 978-0195797787. 

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