MEG Center, Ulsoor

Back in the 1780s they helped the East India Company win battles for supremacy in the Carnatic, as the Southern Peninsula was known at the time. Those were the early years of the Madras Engineer Group (MEG). They also served in the Afghan wars and the two World Wars.

The MEG Center has two tanks on display.

The first is a Stuart tank at Ulsoor that stands majestically overlooking the Ulsoor Lake, as a reminder of The Madras Engineering Group’s participation in the World War II. The battle tank - M5A1 Tank (Stuart) - was inaugurated on the eve of MEG’s 225th year celebrations in October 2005.

The MEG Sappers fought for the Britishers in North Africa in World War II. There are four such tanks with the MEG now and this one is placed for public viewing at the Ulsoor Lake circle, which is a war memorial for soilders who fought the 1944 War in North Africa.

Col Gurdeep Singh of MEG told Metrolife, “Though the Britishers brought these tanks after the war, they have left no records of the war.

“We tried to source out details, but except for the year and place we don’t have any information about the war.”

The war memorial in Ulsoor has been given an aesthetic touch, thanks to the greening of the island where it stands.

The second tank on display is an M3 Lee tank near the entrance.

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