Hello Defence Lovers, 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.
Claude Auchinleck, who was commander-in-chief of the Indian Army, had said that the British “couldn’t have come through both wars if they hadn’t had the Indian Army.”
Sure, you historians out there might have your own qualms and arguments about the drafting of the Indian Army soldiers in World War I. But these are stories and moments that have been lost to time, and all we can do is speculate of what it would’ve been like. So here are 15 rare photographs from that forgotten time.