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Major Somnath Sharma who was honoured with Paramveer Chakra posthumously in 1947 belonged to __________.
1. Gorkha Rifle 
2. Garhwal Rifle
3. Dogra Regiment
4. Kumaon Regiment

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Correct Answer - Option 4 : Kumaon Regiment

The correct answer is Kumaon Regiment.

  • Major Somnath Sharma who was honoured with Paramveer Chakra posthumously in 1947 belonged to Kumaon Regiment.
  • Sharma was born on 31 January 1923, to a Dogra Brahmin family at Dadh, Kangra, Punjab (present-day Himachal Pradesh).
  • Sharma was commissioned into the 8th Battalion, 19th Hyderabad Regiment, of the British Indian Army.
  • During World War II, he saw action against the Japanese in Burma during the Arakan Campaign.
  • At that time he served under the command of Colonel K. S. Thimmayya, who would later rise to the rank of general and become Chief of the Army Staff from 1957 to 1961.
  • On 21 June 1950, Sharma's award of the Param Vir Chakra, for his actions on 3 November 1947 in defending the Srinagar airport, was gazetted.

Regiment  Details
Gorkha Rifle 

Gorkha Rifles is a Gorkha regiment of the Indian Army that was re-raised after independence.

The regiment consists of primarily the Kirati Tribes Rai and Limbu of Nepal and north-eastern India.

It also recruits from Indian Gorkhas and Bhutias from Darjeeling district, West Bengal, and Sikkim.

Garhwal Rifle

The Garhwal Rifles is an infantry regiment of the Indian Army.

It was originally raised in 1887 as the 39th (Garhwal) Regiment of the Bengal Army.

It then became part of the British Indian Army, and after the Independence of India, it was incorporated into the Indian Army.

Colonel of the Regiment - Lt Gen SK Upadhya, PVSM, SM, AVSM, VSM.

Dogra Regiment

The Dogra Regiment is an infantry regiment of the Indian Army.

The regiment traces its roots directly from the 17th Dogra Regiment of the British Indian Army.

When transferred to the Indian Army like its sister regiments, the numeral prefix (in the case of the Dogra Regiment, 17) was removed.

Current commander -  Lt General Jai Singh Nain.

Kumaon Regiment

The Kumaon Regiment is the highest decorated regiment of the Indian Army.

The regiment traces its origins to the 18th century and has fought in every major campaign of the British Indian Army and the Indian Army, including the two world wars.

Current commander -  Lt. Gen. Rana Pratap Kalita

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