Postal Stamp Image : UNIFORMS OF 1780 AND 1980 CREST & RIBBON 0960 Indian Post
Stamp Issue Date : 26/02/1980
Postage Stamp Dinomination : 0.30
Postal Stamp Serial Number : 0960
Postal Stamp Name : UNIFORMS OF 1780 AND 1980 CREST & RIBBON
Stamp Information : The Corps of Engineers, commonly referred to as Army Engineers, comprises three groups, "The Madras Engineer Group" (Bangalore), 'The Bengal Engineer Group" (Roorkee), and "The Bombay Engineer Group" (Kirkee). Of these three the "Madras Engineers Group", popularly known as the "Madras Sappers", is the oldest. 2. The Madras Sappers wre originally raised as the "Corps of Madras Pioneers" in 1780 at Dhowalaishwaram (in the old Madras Presidency and now in Andhra Pradesh) to assist the Infantrymen to overcome the enemy entrenched behind seemmingly impassablr obstacles and fortifications. The Headquarters of the Madras Pioneers moved from Dhowalaishwaram, for varying spells, to Madras, Banglore and Coorg till March 1865, when they were permanently located at Banglore. 3. The history of Madras Sappers is to a great extent the history of the Indian Army, as there is hardly any important event to which the Madras Sappers have not made their invaluable contribution. Since their inception, the Group has participated in numerous campaigns within India and overseas with distinction, earning over 50 battle honours. The Madras Sappers also helped the United Nations in their peace-keeping missions in Indo-China, Gaza and Congo. True to the Engineers' motto "Sarvatra" (which means everywhere), the Madras Sappers have often been called to te aid of civil authorities during natural calamities like earthquakes, floods and droughts. The contribution of Madras Sappers in the field of sports has been no less. Their sportsmen have given a splendid acount of themselves and have provided representation in the National Teams of Boxing, Hockey, Football, Athletics, Swimmimg and Sailing. Over the years they have produced more than half a dozen Olympians. 4. In the history of the Madras Sappers of 200 years the Sapper, popularly knon as 'Thambi', has always stood for discipline, loyalty, dedication and, above all, unfailing humour and cheerfulness in the face of adversities. 5. The P & T Department is privileged to commemorate the oldest member of the Indian Army Engineers, "The Madras Sappers", by issuing a special postage stamp on the occasion of their Bicentennial.
Philatelic Stamp Description : The stamp shows the Sappers in the uniform of 1780 and 1980 togather with the crest and the ribbon of the corps of Engineers of the Indian Army. First day cover, designed by the India Security Press, depicts the battle honours of Madras Sappers and also a Sapper engaged in mine-detection and some of the tasks performed by the Sappers. First Day Cancellation depicts a profile of a Madras Sapper with his typical headgear alongwith the caption in Hindi and English.
Stamp Currency : P
Stamp Language : English
Stamp Overall Size : 3.91 X 2.54 cms
Postal Stamp Print Size : 3.55 X 2.5 cms.
Number of Stamps Per Sheet : 35
Stamp Perforations : 13 x 13
Postal Stamp Shape : Vertical
Postage Stamp Paper : Unwatermarked adhesive stamp paper
Indian Stamp Process : Photogravure
Number of stamps printed : 30,00,000
Stamp Printed At : India Security Press
Indian Stamp's Color : Multicolour
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