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27th Punjabis
Active 1857-1922
Country Indian Empire
Branch Army
Type Infantry
Part of Bengal Army (to 1895)
Bengal Command
Colors Drab; faced red; 1905 scarlet
Engagements 1860 - 62 China
1878 - 80 Afghanistan
1878 Ali Masjid
1885 - 87 Burma
Colonel-in-Chief King Edward VII (1904)

The 27th Punjabis were an infantry regiment of the British Indian Army. They could trace their origins to 1857, when they were called the 19th Punjab Infantry.The regiment took part in the Second Opium War, the Second Afghan War when they were part of the 3rd Brigade in the Battle of Ali Masjid. After Afghanistan the regiment next took part in the Third Burmese War.[1]

During World War I they were part of the Derajat Brigade which was tasked with guarding the North West Frontier against incursions.After World War I the Indian government reformed the army, moving from single battalion regiments to multi battalion regiments.[2] The 27th Punjabis now became the 3rd Battalion, 15th Punjab Regiment. After independence this was one of the regiments allocated to the Pakistan Army.

Previous names

  • 27th Bengal Native Infantry - 1861
  • 27th (Punjab) Bengal Native Infantry - 1864
  • 27th (Punjab) Bengal Infantry - 1885
  • 27th Punjab Infantry - 1901


  • Barthorp, Michael; Burn, Jeffrey (1979). Indian infantry regiments 1860-1914. Osprey Publishing. ISBN 0850453070.  
  • Sumner, Ian (2001). The Indian Army 1914-1947. Osprey Publishing. ISBN 1841761966.  


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