Exploring the War Museum on National Museum Day

The National war museum is dedicated to Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen who laid down their lives defending the country since independence.

This museum showcases the history of Southern Command since its inception. It also provides a glimpse into the martial history of Maharashtra, Southern India and Rajasthan which form the geographical expanse of Southern Command’s area of responsibility. The museum is a walk down the memory lane from 1000 AD and weaves a chronological tale of indomitable saga of valour and sacrifice of the soldiers of Southern Command in pre and post independence era. This history has been depicted through photographs, artifacts, captured weapons, statues, murals and oil canvas paintings.
It also houses a war memorial that was conceived as a joint military civilian effort by a committee of the Indian Express during the Silver Jubilee celebration of 1971 Indo Pak war. The foundation stone was laid by Gen VP Malik, Chief of Army Staff on 23 December 1997. Later in Dec 2009 , INS Trishul and MIG 23 aircraft was included. While the INS Trishul has earned the battle of honor during liberation of Goa, Indo-Pak war and Op Pawan, the MIG 23 was a part of the Kargil war.

BTR 60 modified MCP PU 12M is of 1962 vintage and one of the many variants of BTR 60 Model of Soviet Union origin. The vehicle was used extensively during Indo Pak war of 1971 in the battles it Karanjkot and Chachro. It was capable of processing 99 targets simultaneously.

The Patton Tank. This has been US Army’s principal medium tank during the early Cold War. During the Indo Pak war of 1965, this tank saw fierce action in one of the largest tank battles at Asal Uttar where as many as 100 Patton tanks were destroyed or captured by the Indian Army.

Even after 14 years of Independence the Portuguese did not hand over Goa, Daman and Diu islands. On 18 Dec 1961, OP Vijay was launched and within 40 hours on 19 Dec 1961, more than 450 years old Portuguese rule in India ended and Goa was liberated. Instrument of Surrender signed by Chief Commandant of Armed Forces of State of Portuguese India.


Pictures depicting Battle in Barmer Sector which was launched in a multi pringed attack to capture Khokhropar, Gadra City, Khinsar and Chachro and to destroy enemy forces in area of Naya Chor.


 Milkha Singh, one of India’s most celebrated athletes also known as ‘The Flying Sikh’ received his Basic Military training from this Centre in 1951.

 “Old ships never die, their souls live on” . The earlier Trishul was a Whitby Class frigate launched in June 1959 commissioned on 13 Jan 1960 and served the Indian Navy for 32 years. While in service it earned the following Battle of honors:

a) Liberation of Goa

b) Indo-Pak war 1971

c) Operation Pawan (1987-1989)

The INS Trishul depicted in the picture is a reincarnation of the legend of a renowned predecessor. She is 125m long stealth frigate, displacing 4000 tonnes and with a top speed in excess of 30 knots. The Kamov-31Early Warning helicopter onboard is a force multiplier that enhances the ship’s operational capability.


Rocket Launchers amongst others:

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