JAI HIND, defence aspirants. I have talked about Indian Army and its prestige. Indian Army as a whole ( TRISHAKTI CORPS) is the largest component of the Indian Armed Forces.

The primary aim of the Indian Army is to ensure National Security and National Unity. I shall be talking of one of the corps of Indian Army in this blog.

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The XXXIII Corps is a TRISHAKTI CORPS of the Indian Army. Its origin can be traced back to the British Indian XXXIII Corps formed in 1942. The British Indian XXXIII Corps was disbanded in 1945. The XXXIII Corps is popularly known as the Trishakti Corps.

But was re-raised in 1960 at Shillong. It was re-raised by Lt. Gen Umrao Singh on 1st of November in the year 1960. XXXIII Corps had covered Sikkim in order to reduce the responsibility areas of IV Corps.

The XXXIII corps is based in Sukna, North Bengal near the city of Siliguri. The areas of responsibility include North Bengal, Sikkim and if required Bhutan too. It is comprised of three mountain divisions. They are 17th division- Gangtok, 20th division- Binnaguri and the 27th division – Kalimpong.

Talking of the attire of the TRISHAKTI CORPS the coat consists of a white horizontal band between two red bands with two crossed spears with wings in the foreground. This is also the standard formation sign background for corps in the Indian Army.

The HQ of the corps has an IAF (Indian Air Force) Air Control unit attached to it- 3 TAC (Tactical Air Centre) under the command of a Group Captain. Based at Sevoke flying the HAL Chetak, the Corps has an organic Army Aviation Helicopter Squadron.

The Trishakti Corps is commanded by an officer of rank Lieutenant General who is a three-star officer. The officer holds the title of General Officer Commanding (GOC). His Chief of Staff is an officer of the rank of Major General (a two -star officer).

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