79th Carnatic Infantry

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Known as 19th Regiment of Madras Native Infantry in the Madras Army
Known as 79th Carnatic Infantry in the Indian Army


  • 1777 raised in Tiruchirapalli as 20th Carnatic Battalion from 1st, 3rd, 8th and 16th Carnatic Battalions
  • 1784 became 20th Madras Battalion
  • 1796 became 2nd Battalion, 7th Regiment of Madras Native Infantry
  • 1824 became 19th Regiment of Madras Native Infantry
  • 1885 became 19th Madras Infantry
  • 1903 became 79th Carnatic Infantry
  • 1922 became 3rd/3rd Madras Regiment
  • 1922 disbanded and re-raised as a Territorial Battalion
  • 1941, September converted to a Regular Battalion
  • 1947 allocated to India on Partition

Battle Honours

External Links

Historical books online

  • Madras Infantry 1748-1943 by Lt.-Col. EG Phythian-Adams, late 3rd Madras Regiment published 1943 is available to read online on the Digital Library of India website, in TIFF format, and as pdf downloads. Two files are available, barcode 4990010018885 seems a more complete copy, pdf download. (2nd pdf download)
  • The Madras Soldier 1746-1946 by Lt.-Col. E G Phythian-Adams. Revised and enlarged edition 1947 Archive.org.