Howitzer gun installed in Bijapur Sainik School

The 5.5-inch Howitzer gun, which was used to carry Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes in 1948, has been installed in Sainik School, Bijapur.

The gun was installed by Air Vice-Marshal M K Malik, Senior Officer-in-charge Administration, Headquarters, Training Command, Bangalore, during the 100th Local Board Administration (LBA) meeting on Friday.

“The Howitzer gun was the first medium gun which was introduced in the Indian Army by the British in 1942 and the installation of this gun here would not only add to the ambience of the campus but it would also motivate the cadets to join the defence services in large number,” said a press release issued here.

After the biannual meeting, which discussed various issues pertaining to the academics and administration, Col R Balaji, Principal, Sainik School said: “...the addition of the gun in the campus is a treasured and priceless one as it was used to carry the ashes of Mahatma Gandhiji in its carriage in the year 1948.”

The gun was extensively used by the Indians during the wars of Indo-Pak in 1947-48, 1965 & 1971 and Indo-Sino war of 1962. The Howitzer played a crucial role in destroying a number of enemy tanks in the Khem Keran sector of Punjab. It was finally decommissioned from service in the year 1998.

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