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Indian Army celebrates 274th anniversary of Colachel battle

The Indian Army today celebrated 274th anniversary of the Colachel battle at a colourful fuction at the Colachal War Memorial in Kanyakumari District. Brigadier Samir Salunke, Station Commander, Pangode Military Station, Thiruvananthapuram was the Chief Guest for the event, an official release said here.

In commemoration of the occasion wreaths were laid by the chief guest and other dignitaries. Apart from Brigadier Samir Salunke, Station Commander, Pangode Military Station, Major General (Retd) VDI Devavaram, erstwhile Colonel Commandant of the Madras Regiment, Mr Sajjan Singh R Chavan, IAS, District Collector, Kanyakumari and Mr Thiru Nazeer A, Municipal Chairman, Colachal also attended the function.

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Colachal day is celebrated every year to commemorate the victory of Travancore Forces led by King Marthanda Varma over the Dutch in the Battle of Colachal on July 31, 1741, wherein for the first time in the history of the nation, an Indian Force defeated a well equipped European Force. The Colachal War Memorial is a pillar of valour and remembrance of the great victory of Travancore Army over the Dutch Forces.

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On July 31, 1741, in a most unique amphibious battle the forces of King Marthanda Varma defeated the Dutch, both at sea and land. This earned the House of Travancore the unique distinction of being the only Asian military power to ever have defeated a leading European sea power at sea and land. The victorious Marthanda Varma recorded this unique victory of Indian soldiers and sailors in a combined sea and land battle, with a majestic Victory Pillar erected near the beach of Colachal.

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