The Indian Army

Randhir Bechoo By Randhir Bechoo, 28th May 2016 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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The most active period for the Indian Army was when they fell under the British Raj.This was also a very stressful time for the Indian soldiers.

Indian Army

         The Indian Army

The Indian Army fell under the control of the British Raj between 1857-1947.
Within this period the Indian army fought two world wars for the British.

History clearly shows us the manipulation the British Raj used upon the India.It found a opportunity to use Indian men to build a force big and strong enough to fight world wars.The size of the Indian army during the first world war was one million seven hundred thousand. British Raj also used child soldiers as young as ten years old.Indian men volunteered to join the army in order to feed their families.Economic pressure due to colonisation caused instability in wealth acquisition.One must take into account that India's resources was the benefit of the British economy.Initial exploitation started with the British East India Company which eventually got absorbed into the British government.

The Indian army did not only fight two world wars for the British Raj.There was numerous conflicts that became the battlefields for the Indian battalion.Some of them was the second and third Anglo Afghan war,Anglo Egyptian War,Boxer Rebellion,Waziristan Campaign and this is just to name a few.In the second world war,two and a half million Indian soldiers was used to fight British wars.Indian soldiers fought alongside the British army but was classified according to a rank system which dampen the spirits of many Indian soldiers.The British Raj named it the martial race system which fell away after the independence of India in 1947.Under a new liberated India,recruitment took place without any discrimination.

It is sad as to know how India was used to fight wars that had nothing to do with them.History is here for us to understand the past and how it affected human life.It is also here for us to understand our present existence.

In conclusion some memorable words:

Field-Marshal Sir Claude Auchinleck , Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from 1942 asserted that the British "couldn't have come through both wars if they hadn't had the Indian Army"


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I live in South Africa,Durban.Enjoy writing in my spare time as well as watching movies and listening to music.I also practice yoga.

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author avatar Sophie Schiller
18th Aug 2016 (#)

You are seriously mistaken. The Indian army did not fight two world wars for the British Raj, the Indian Army fought two world wars to preserve FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY. According to James W. Gerard, the late American Ambassador to the German Imperial Court, "If Germany wins this war, it means the triumph of the autocratic system. It means the triumph of those who believe not only in war as a national industry, not only in war for itself but also in war as a high and noble occupation. Unless Germany is beaten the whole world will be compelled to turn itself into an armed camp, until the German autocracy either brings every nation under its dominion or is forever wiped out as a form of government." The Allies (including the British, Dutch, and French Colonial forces) went to war against Germany to preserve Freedom for all mankind, or did you conveniently forget the Japanese were subjugating many of the people's of Asia as well? Perhaps you need to rethink your very limited and narrow perspective of world history.

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
30th Aug 2016 (#)

Please understand the article.Its about the Indian army and their part in the world wars.It was called the British Indian Army.Study and research material is from good authentic source.This is not about world history so please read correctly.Who is James W Gerald,what he knows about India's history.
Proof is there...many British soldiers will stand tall and salute the army men of India.

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