“What many people remain unaware of is that of the 8.6 million soldiers that fought over 2.1 million were from the Indian subcontinent- troops alongside an Indian volunteer force from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka.”
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Troops of the 14th Sikhs of the 29th Indian Infantry Brigade examining a piece of shell from “Asiatic Annie” that fell in their camp.
Troops of the Indian Lancers Cavalry Regiment on a parade.
Recruits of the 2nd Lancers Cavalry Regiment with RisaldarMajor, an Indian senior officer (front).
Two Palestinian women leaving a well which is guarded by an Indian soldier, November 1917.
On 15 December 1915 a British expeditionary force was besieged at Kut Al Amara on the Tigris River.
The garrison, two thirds of which was Indian, surrendered on 29 April 1916. During the ensuing period of captivity in Anatolia many died from heat, disease and neglect.
This emaciated sepoy was photographed after he had been liberated during an exchange of prisoners.
Sepoy was the term for an Indian soldier serving under British or other European orders.
A Lance Naik (Lance Corporal) of the Indian 112th Infantry, 34th Brigade (17th Division), kneeling in a trench during the Battle of Sharqat, Mesopotamia 28-30 October 1918. Two days later the Turks surrendered and an armistice was declared.
The Tochi Scouts were a part of the Frontier Corps in Pakistan, created in 1907 by Lord Curzon, the then viceroy of British India.
Sikh recruits at bayonet practice at a Frontier Constabulary Training Post. Their puggarees (turbans) are lined up in the foreground.
Amongst the congregation at prayer at the East London Mosque are Muslims from India, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Sudan, Palestine, Transjordan, Syria, Arabia, Aden and Somaliland, and they include soldiers and merchant seamen.
Men of the Royal Indian Army Service Corps at prayer during the Eid ul Fitr ceremony in a tent, which has been set up alongside Woking Mosque.
21st October 1943, Londonderry.
Twenty-three years with the Indian Navy. Two men of the Royal Indian Navy whose service totals 46 years; Abbas Tajuddin , Chief Stoker (left) and Yusuf Ali Chief Mechanic. Thet are both from Ratnigari, and have both served in the Royal Indian Navy for 23 years. They are at present serving in the Indian Sloop Kristna.
Two Indian Air Force pilots (Flight Lieutenant Lal and Flying Officer M M Sakhre) pose with their Vultee Vengeance dive bombers at an airfield in Assam, India, from where they attacked the Japanese in Burma.
George Cross awarded to Captain Mahmood Durrani, Creator Royal Mint
Mr M Ghiasuddin (second from right) talks to a Sikh technician in a factory setting at the Letchworth training centre. Two other Indian technicians can be seen in the background, getting on with their work.
Chief Officer Margaret L Cooper, Deputy Director of the Women’s Royal Indian Naval Service (WRINS), with Second Officer Kalyani Sen, WRINS at Rosyth during their two month study visit to Britain.
Officers and men of the Ceylon RNVR, manning patrol vessels and minesweepers round the island. Men on training and on active service.
Sinhalese ratings of the Ceylon RNVR undergoing instruction in signalling.
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