Indian Army Field Marshals: Know Here

Indian Army Field Marshals: Know Here

Field Marshals of the Indian Army

Indian Army Field Marshals: Field marshal is a five–star general officer rank and the highest attainable rank in the Indian Army. Field marshal rank is placed immediately above general, but not exercised in the regular army structure. It is a ceremonial or wartime rank awarded to distinguished service and leadership. Field marshal is equivalent to a marshal of the air force in the Indian Air Force and  an admiral of the fleet in the Indian Navy. In Indian Navy, admiral of the fleet has never been awarded, but in Indian Air Forces, Arjan Singh was promoted to the rank of marshal of the air force.

Till date, only two Indian Army officers have been promoted to the rank of Field Marshal in Indian Army. It was first conferred to Sam Manekshaw in 1973, in recognition of his service and leadership in the 1971 Indo-Pakistani War.
The second individual to be conferred the rank was Kodandera M. Cariappa, the first Indian to serve as the commander–in–chief of the Indian Army

A field marshal's insignia  of the national emblem over a crossed baton and saber in a lotus blossom wreath. On appointment, field marshals are awarded a gold-tipped baton which they may carry on formal occasions. The star insignia, which comprises five golden stars over a red strip, is used on car pennants, rank flags and as gorget patches.


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-Kodandera M. Cariappa

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