Sideshows of the Indian Army in World War I

Book Description

Through the course of the centenary of the Great War, dialogue around Indian Army’s involvement in various battlefields stretching from France to Gallipoli and Mesopotamia has intensified. The interested public is now more aware of India’s contribution to the Great War. What is not widely known is the extent of Indian Army’s involvement in other Great War and post-Great War battlefields around the world.

Sepoys and Sowars of the Indian Army were involved in military actions in Macedonia and the Egyptian Western Desert, and from West Africa to China. The enemies were varied Germans, Bulgarians, Turks, enemy African Askari and Arab irregular troops, Mesopotamian insurgents, Somali, Senussi, Baluchi and Persian tribesmen, and Russian Bolsheviks who used Austrian and Hungarian former prisoners of war in their forces. But the regiments operating in these far-flung outposts of European Empires did not falter, and every campaign that they were involved in was successfully concluded or drawn to a close for political reasons.

This book highlights the lesser known campaigns undertook by the Indian Army of undivided India. It is hoped that it will generate a strong sense of pride in the battlefield achievements of a generation of warriors who all volunteered to serve, wherever in the world that service took them.

About the Author

Harry Fecitt was born in Lancashire, England, in 1942. Eighteen years later he was commissioned into the British Army as an infantry officer. Forty years later he relinquished that commission and at that time he was employed as a Reservist officer in the Intelligence Corps.
The high point of his military life was in the early 1970s when he commanded a rifle company of Baluch soldiers, also serving on contract, in the Dhofar Campaign that was being waged in the south of the Sultanate of Oman. That experience aroused a keen interest in the history of the Indian Army that served under British rule.
He writes for several military journals and has recently co-authored a book that describes the impact on and the military activities of the Naga tribe of north-eastern India during the 1944 Battle of Kohima.

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