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The Indian Army 1914-1947


By Ian Sumner, Mike Chappell (Illustrated by)

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Format: Paperback, 64 pages
Other Information: 55 b&w and 10 colour illustrations
Published In: United Kingdom, 25 August 2001
At the height of its strength and confidence the army of British India was a unique organisation, whose officers and other ranks - all volunteers - were bound together by extraordinary esprit de corps. Already the largest volunteer army in the world in 1914, by 1918 it had quadrupled in strength to nearly 600,000 men. Indian divisions served with distinction on the Western Front and, particularly, in the Middle East. After interwar campaigns on the North-West Frontier, in the Second World War Indian divisions made a major contribution to the British effort in North Africa, Italy and Burma. With independence and partition the old army was divided between the new states of India and Pakistan, retaining its discipline and professional pride in the most difficult circumstances.

Table of Contents

The Indian army and the 1904 Kitchener reforms; World War I; interwar reforms and "Indianization" of the officer corps; World War II; partiion of the army between Indian and Pakistan, 1947; the regiments; cavalry, infantry, artillery, sappers, pioneers, supporting services; the armies of the princes; auxiliary force (India); frontier corps; uniforms; commentary on colour artwork.

About the Author

Mike Chappell spent 22 years in infantry soldiering, retiring in 1974 as RSM of the 1st Bn., The Wessex Regiment (Rifle Volunteers). Since beginning to paint military subjects in 1968 Mike has gained world-wide popularity as a military illustrator, and has been a prolific artist and author for Osprey for well over 20 years. Ian Sumner was bom in 1953 in Eccles, near Manchester. He originaily trained as a librarian in Newcastle-upon-Tyne but is now a freelance author. His previous work for Osprey includes two Men-at-Arms titles on the French Army 1914-45.

EAN: 9781841761961
ISBN: 1841761966
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Dimensions: 25.7 x 17.53 x 0.58 centimetres (0.16 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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