29th Regiment of Madras Native Infantry

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Known as 29th Regiment of Madras Native Infantry in the Madras Army
Known as 89th Punjabis in the Indian Army


  • 1798 raised as 1st Battalion, 15th Regiment of Madras Native Infantry
  • 1824 became 29th Regiment of Madras Native Infantry
  • 1885 became 29th Madras Infantry
  • 1893 became 29th Regiment (7th Burma Battalion) Madras Infantry
  • 1901 became 29th Burma Infantry
  • 1903 became 89th Punjab Regiment
  • 1922 became 1st/8th Punjab Regiment
  • 1947 allocated to Pakistan on Partition
  • 1956 merged with other units to form the Baloch Regiment

Regimental histories

  • History of the 1st Battalion 8th Punjab Regiment by Col. N.M Geoghegan & Capt. M.H.A Campbell, published 1928, is available at the British Library UIN: BLL01007254776
  • Unfaded Glory : the 8th Punjab Regiment 1798-1956 by Major Rifat Nadeem Ahmad & Major General Rafiuddin Ahmed. Published 2006 by Naval & Military Press, UK. Available at Imperial War Museums, catalogue number LBY 07 / 2537
Some brief details of WW2 deployments from this book are provided in a WW2Talk Forum post.[1]

First World War

The battalion had the distinction of serving in more theatres of the war than any perhaps other single battalion in the Commonwealth. Having sailed from India in November 1914, by the time it returned home in September 1920, it had served in South-West Arabia, in Egypt, in Gallipoli, in France, in Mesopotamia, on the North-West Frontier, in Salonica, in the Caucasus, and finally at Constantinople with the Army of the Black Sea.[2]

External Links


  1. RobG64 8th Punjab Regiment Regimental History WW2Talk Forum 19 January 2020. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  2. "The Indian Army at Gallipoli 1915" condensed from a paper presented by Sqn Ldr Rana TS Chhina (Retd) at a conference organised by the Australian War Memorial in August 2010. Archived page, website of the High Commission of India in Australia