Raised in 1773, The President’s Bodyguard (PBG) is the senior most unit of the Indian Army and has an unbroken history of over two centuries of honourable and dedicated service as a select Cavalry Unit. This unique band of select troops has seen action action all over the Indian peninsula and overseas-in Egypt (1801-1802), Java (1811), Burma (1824-1826 and again in 1886) and in the Middle East and Mesopotamia (1914-1918) In 1944 they trained as paratroopers to form part of the 44th India Airborne Division for the invasion of Malaya.
Post Independence, in keeping with its highest tradition the PBG rendered yeoman service during partition, in the Sino-Indian conflict of 1962, and in the Indo-Pak war of 1965
Detachments of the regiments have served with the Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka. Troopers from the PBG have also served with the United Nations Forces in Somalia, Angola and Sierra Leona. Today, the regiments regularly sends detachment to the worlds highest battlefield, the Siachen Glacier.
Equipped with horses and armoured cars, its men are trained for operational duties both as tank-men and airborne troops in addition to their ceremonial role. This elite body of troops thus has a distinguished and honourable record of service in keeping with the finest tradition of the Indian Army.
As befitting its status, the motto of the PBG is "Bharat Mata Ki Jai” or "Victory to Mother India”
**Excerpts from the Official history document of the PBG