Indian Army Celebrates 276th Anniversary of Colachel Battle
The Madras Regt 9th Battalion (Oldest State Force Battalion of the Indian Army) celebrated the Colachal Day at Colachal War Memorial in Kanyakumari District on July 31, 2017. Col MS Jamwal, Commanding Officer of 9 Madras (Travancore) which has a lineage to the 1st Travancore State Force Battalion laid a wreath at the war memorial. Major General (Retd) VDI Devavaram, erstwhile Colonel Commandant of the Madras Regiment, Brig GRC Nair (Retd), Mr Sajjan Singh R Chavan, District Collector and other dignitaries also attended the function.
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 & remembrance of the great victory of Travancore Army over the Dutch Forces.
68 km South of Trivandrum is the small picturesque township of Colachal. 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.
- Suresh Sreedharan