In 1939, British officials had no plan for expansion and training of Indian forces, which comprised about 130,000 men (in addition there were 44,000 men in British units in India in 1939).Their mission was internal security and defence against a possible Soviet threat through Afghanistan. By the end of the war it had become the largest volunteer army in history, rising to over 2.5 million men in August 1945.and it is commanded by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), who is a four-star general.
It is the 2nd largest standing army in the world, with 1,200,255 The army has embarked on an infantry modernisation program known as Futuristic Infantry Soldier As a System (F-INSAS), and is also upgrading and acquiring new assets for its armoured, artillery and aviation branches.
A Military Department was created within the Government of the East India Company at Kolkata in the year 1776.
It is a major component of national power alongside the Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force.
The army has been involved in four wars with neighbouring Pakistan and one with China.
Behind him, a fascist inscriptions says "VIVA IL DUCE", "Long live the Duce" (i.e. In the 20th century, the Indian Army was a crucial adjunct to the British forces in both world wars.
1.3 million Indian soldiers served in World War I (1914–1918) with the Allies, in which 74,187 Indian troops were killed or missing in action.The army in the Presidencies of Bengal, Bombay and Madras functioned as respective Presidency Armies until 1 April 1895 when they were unified into a single Indian Army.For administrative convenience, it was divided into four commands at that point, namely Punjab (including the North West Frontier), Bengal, Madras (including Burma) and Bombay (including Sind, Quetta and Aden).Its main function was to sift and record orders relating to the Army that were issued by various Departments of the East India Company for the territories under its control.With the Charter Act of 1833, the Secretariat of the Government of the East India Company was reorganised into four Departments, including a Military Department.Other major operations undertaken by the army include: Operation Vijay, Operation Meghdoot and Operation Cactus.