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Army begun projects to archive war histories, plans to complete them by April 2023

by Rishika Choudhury

Date & Time: Aug 08, 2022 10:00 PM

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As part of its efforts to archive war histories, the Army has undertaken two separate projects. According to government sources, the projects were initiated by the Army's Training Command (ARTRAC).
The Army War College in Mhow will serve as the project's nodal authority, and the Delhi-based think tank United Services Institution of India (USI) will serve as an expert body for research on military history content.

First project to digitising and archiving Army's military history

The first project will involve digitising and archiving the Army's military history. While the digitisation process began in May of this year, a government source told that it will be completed in two phases, the first for declassified content and the second for unclassified content.

Unclassified content is content that has never been classified. Declassified content was previously classified but had its status changed later.

In each command, a Board of Officers (BOO) led by a Major General rank officer will closely examine the historical content selected for archival by various units and formations.

“All units have been asked to compile historical records related to the regiments, the operations they undertook, their battle honours, among others. They will then be shortlisted and examined by the BOO before archival,” a source told.

Second project entails writing military history and designing web page

The second project entails writing a military history of the Army and designing a web page for it. According to sources, the web page has already been designed, and work on the history content is currently underway.

The total cost of the projects is estimated to be around Rs 45 lakh. While the first project has a deadline of April of next year, the second project is expected to be completed by the end of this month.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh approved a policy on war history archiving, declassification, and compilation or publication in June of last year.

According to the policy, all records must be declassified within 25 years. As a result, after being reviewed by a BOO, all records dating back to 1995 will be declassified.

The policy also called for the formation of a panel to compile war histories, led by a joint secretary of the Defence Ministry and comprised of representatives from the services, the ministries of home affairs and external affairs, as well as military historians.

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