There are various strands in India’s freedom struggle and as one peels off layer after layer, one comes across different aspects. It appears appropriate on this 65th Independence Day to look back on the role of the armed forces and their contribution to the freedom struggle. Keeping in mind of course the context of the freedom struggle and the pattern of movements that carried us through to independence, it is possible to examine the place of the armed forces. Opinions will differ in terms of role, impact and long-term value, but it is generally accepted that the transition from being an arm of the colonial empire, the uniformed men of the British Indian Army and other forces went through their forging in peace and battle. Starting from 1857, numerous instances of revolt or rebellion against the established authority was commonplace, though little reported. If Mangal Pandey began the revolt of the men in uniform in 1857, it culminated in the mutinies of the ratings of the Royal Indian Navy in Mumbai in 1946, of Army signalmen at Jabalpur and Air Force personnel in Karachi almost simultaneously, that gave the British a sense of loneliness in the empire. It is this aspect of the role of the armed forces that is examined here in a narrative form.