15 Unseen Pictures Of The Indian Army From The First World War

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.
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(1.) Indian soldiers training with bayonets.
(2.) A lady pins a flower on the tunic an Indian soldier during march-past.
(3.) October, 1917: Indian reinforcements being transported to Kilwa in German East Africa.
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(4.) March, 1917: Indian Expeditionary Force soldiers make their way through the western front.
(5.) Soldiers practice a gas mask drill. Grim!
(6.) A gymnastics performance by soldier on Sports Day in Salonika, 1916.
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(7.) Two officers from an Indian mule company in Gallipoli at their post.
(8.) July, 1916: Soldiers wait in a queue for food at an improvised cookhouse at a camp near Querrieu, France.
(9.) Summer of 1918: Indian soldiers bathing in the River Auja in Palestine.
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(10.) Indian Muslim soldiers conducting their daily prayers during the campaign in modern day Iraq.
(11.) March, 1917: Indian soldiers provide heavy security at this railway station in captured Baghdad.
(12.) August, 1915: Wounded Indian soldiers at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton, which served as a makeshift hospital.
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(13.) A young French boy introduces himself to Indian soldiers in Marseilles.
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(14.) Wounded Sikh soldiers at the Royal Pavilion, Brighton.
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(15.) A regiment of Indian lancers preparing to charge.
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