United Nations Emergency Force - India


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UNEF, the first United Nations peacekeeping force, was established by the first emergency special session of the General Assembly which was held from 1 to 10 November 1956. The mandate of the Force was to secure and supervise the cessation of hostilities, including the withdrawal of the armed forces of France, Israel and the United Kingdom from Egyptian territory and, after the withdrawal, to serve as a buffer between the Egyptian and Israeli forces and to provide impartial supervision of the ceasefire. UNEF was withdrawn in May-June 1967, at Egypt's request.


India provided an infantry battalion, which accounted for the bulk of the UN force. Over 11 years, from 1956 to 1967, more than 12.000 Indian troops took part in UNEF.



Headquarters:      Gaza

Duration:             November 1956 - June 1967

Strength:             6.073 (military personnel February 1957), supported by international an local civilian staff

Currency:             1 Rupee (100 paise)






UNEF in Wikipedia.




Stamp catalogue


Army Day

date:                  15 January 1965

designer:            -

printer:               India Security Press, Nasik

perforated:         14

remark:              original stamp issued for Universal Children's Day, 14 November 1964 (cat. Michel 378/SG 492)


1     0.15             overprint "UNEF", coin with portrait of Jawaharlal Nehru, text "14-11-64"

                          slate, overprint in carmine

                          (cat. Michel 1/SG G1/Yvert F58)


United Nations Emergency Force - India - stamp as described above









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last revised: 3 October 2008