Dr Prime's 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 the experiences of Indian soldiers (and their British officers) 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 myself, is Kitchener's willingness to risk Indian security entirely in order to defeat Germany.
Adam is a historian of the Indian Army with a PhD from the University of Leicester. Between 2016 and 2020 he lectured in Military and International History at the University of Salford. He has published book chapters on the Indian Army’s defence of the Suez Canal in 1914 & 1915 and on the make up of the Indian Army Officer Corps in the late Victorian period. Adam has been on the WFA National Executive Committee since 2021.
This Month's Speaker, Dr Adam Prime