The Indian Army 1914–1947

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The Indian Army 1914–1947

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Osprey's examination of the Indian army during World War I (1914-1918), World War II (1939-1945), and the interwar years. At the height of its strength and confidence the army of British India was a unique organisation, whose officers and other ranks - all volunteers - were bound together by extraordinary ésprit de corps. Already the largest volunteer army in the world in 1914, by 1918 it had quadrupled in strength to nearly 600,000 men. Indian divisions served with distinction on the Western Front and, particularly, in the Middle East. After interwar campaigns on the North-West Frontier, in the Second World War Indian divisions made a major contribution to the British effort in North Africa, Italy and Burma. With independence and partition the old army was divided between the new states of India and Pakistan, retaining its discipline and professional pride in the most difficult circumstances.

Table of Contents

The Indian Army and the 1904 Kitchener reforms · World War I · Interwar reforms & 'Indianisation' of the officer corps · World War II · Partition of the Army between India and Pakistan, 1947 · The Regiments: Cavalry, Infantry, Artillery, Sappers, Pioneers, supporting services · The Armies of the Princes · Auxiliary Force (India) · Frontier Corps · Uniforms · Commentary on colour artwork

Product details

Published Aug 25 2001
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781841761961
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 47 b/w; 10 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Elite
Short code ELI 75
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Mike Chappell

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