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Soldiers of the Indian Army

Discussion in 'India' started by Dan Morton, Jan 17, 2016.

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    Indian bicycle troops at the Battle of the Somme
    Active 1857–1947
    Country [IMG] India
    Allegiance [IMG] British Empire
    Type Army
    Size 1,780,000
    Engagements Second Boer War
    British expedition to Tibet
    World War I
    Waziristan campaign (1919–20)
    Waziristan campaign (1936–39)
    World War II
    commanders Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener
    William Slim, 1st Viscount Slim
    Archibald Wavell, 1st Earl Wavell
    Claude Auchinleck
    The Indian Army during World War I contributed a large number of divisions and independent brigades to the European, Mediterranean and the Middle East theatres of war in World War I. Over one million Indian troops served overseas, of whom 62,000 died and another 67,000 were wounded. In total at least 74,187 Indian soldiers died during the war.
    In World War I the Indian Army fought against the German Empire in German East Africa and on the Western Front. At the First Battle of Ypres, Khudadad Khan became the first Indian to be awarded a Victoria Cross. Indian divisions were also sent to Egypt, Gallipoli and nearly 700,000 served in Mesopotamia against the Ottoman Empire.[1] While some divisions were sent overseas others had to remain in India guarding the North West Frontier and on internal security and training duties.
    Field-Marshal Sir Claude Auchinleck, Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from 1942 asserted that the British "couldn't have come through both wars [World War I and II] if they hadn't had the Indian Army."

    Purely for fun, a number of photos of Indian Army units ca. 1895 are included showing the ornate dress uniforms of the period. These are in no way intended to show the appearance of Indian Army soldiers upon arrival on the Western Front and other theaters of war in 1914.

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