This talk looks at India’s contribution to the First World War in every sense of the word. It takes in the huge recruitment boom. It also looks at Indian soldiers (and their British Officers’) experiences on the Western Front, in Gallipoli, in Mesopotamia and in the Middle East. Finally, it looks at India itself: and the actions undertaken there to defend the North West Frontier. Of particular interest, and what is new research uncovered by Adam is Kitchener’s willingness to risk Indian security entirely in order to defeat Germany. This talk forms part of Adam’s PhD thesis.
Images: © IWM (Q 70214) and © IWM (Q 79446) An emaciated Indian army soldier who survived the Siege of Kut