XIV Corps (India)

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XIV Corps
Active1999–Present
CountryIndia
BranchIndian Army
TypeArmy Corps
Part ofArmy Northern Command
Garrison/HQLeh
Nickname(s)Fire and Fury Corps
AnniversariesSeptember 1
Commanders
Current
commander
Lieutenant General Yogesh Kumar Joshi[1]
Indian Army Corps (1947 - Present)
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XIV Corps is a corps of the Indian Army. It is a part of the Army’s Udhampur-based Northern Command.[2]

It currently consists of:[citation needed]

  • 3rd Infantry Division. The division was created in October 1962 in Ladakh. It fought in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965.[3] In 1991 it was part of XV Corps. It is headquartered at Karu, 40 km from Leh. During the Kargil War the division consisted of the 3rd Artillery Brigade (the normally assigned divisional artillery), 70th Infantry Brigade, reassigned from Demchok on the Chinese border, and 102nd Infantry Brigade, both normally assigned to the division.[4]
  • 8th Infantry Division. It was raised in 1963 to carry out COIN in Nagaland. Until 1990, it was headquartered at Kohima under III Corps.[3]

It was raised in 1962 even as the disastrous war was underway, from elements of HQ Nagaland and kept as an Eastern Command reserve, even though it almost always remained on CI duty.[5] after near 30 years in Eastern, the division left the theatre two decades ago for Kashmir and never returned. While on CI duty, the division was pulled out and sent to fight Pakistani infiltrators in the Matayan-Dras sectors. Then when HQ XIV Corps was raised, it took over 8 Division.

It is headquartered at Kumbathang, 28 km from Kargil. During the Kargil War it consisted of 56th Mountain Brigade, usually stationed at Matayan, 79th Mountain Brigade, usually stationed at Dras, and 192nd Mountain Brigade.[4]

List of commanders[edit]

Name Rank Appointment Date Left Office Unit of Commission References
Balwant Singh Negi Lieutenant General 2014 2 July 2015 Assam Regiment [6]
Shravan Kumar Patyal 2 July 2015 24 August 2016 Gorkha Rifles [7]
P J S Pannu 25 August 2016 2017 Maratha Light Infantry [8][9]
Santosh Kumar Upadhya 2017 30 August 2018 Garhwal Rifles [10][11]
Yogesh Kumar Joshi 31 August 2018 Incumbent Jammu and Kashmir Rifles [12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/kargil-hero-lt-gen-joshi-takes-charge-of-14-corps/articleshow/65633825.cms
  2. ^ Malik, General V. P. (2010), Kargil-From Surprise TO Victory, HarperCollins Publishers India, Chapter 3, ISBN 978-93-5029-313-3
  3. ^ a b Conboy et al, Elite Forces of India and Pakistan, p.8
  4. ^ a b Mandeep S. Bajwa with assistance from Ravi Rikhye, Indian Army – Kargil War 1999, V2.0, March 8, 2006 Archived November 27, 2010, at the Wayback Machine, accessed July 2010
  5. ^ Ravi Rikhye and Mandeep Bajwa, www.orbat.com mainpage, 4 August 2010
  6. ^ "3 new Commanders to take charge".
  7. ^ India, Press Trust of (2015-07-22). "Lt Gen Patyal take over as GOC of Army's 14 Corps". Business Standard India. Retrieved 2018-09-04.
  8. ^ "Lt Gen Pannu is new GOC Leh". Jammu Kashmir Latest News | Tourism | Breaking News J&K. 2016-08-26. Retrieved 2018-09-04.
  9. ^ IANS (2018-02-03). "250-year-old Indian regiment draws inspiration from warrior-ruler Shivaji". GulfNews. Retrieved 2018-09-04.
  10. ^ "Lt General Santosh Kumar apppointed new Indian Military Academy commandant". The Indian Express. 2016-12-25. Retrieved 2018-09-04.
  11. ^ "Close shave for Army commanders after helicopter crash in eastern Ladakh". India Today. Retrieved 2018-09-04.
  12. ^ ANI (2018-08-31). "Tiger Hill hero takes charge of Ladakh's defence". Business Standard India. Retrieved 2018-09-04.