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12 Photos Of The Indian Army In The First World War

  • 1. Bayonet practice

    Indian soldiers training with bayonets.
    Indian soldiers training with bayonets.
    Q 33336

    Indian soldiers training with bayonets.

  • 2. On parade

    A woman pins flowers on to the tunic of a soldier at a march-past of Indian troops.
    A woman pins flowers on to the tunic of a soldier at a march-past of Indian troops.
    Q 70214

    A woman pins flowers on to the tunic of a soldier at a march-past of Indian soldiers. Giving flowers to soldiers was a traditional sign of welcome, friendship, support or patriotism.

  • 3. The East African Campaign

    Indian reinforcements being transported to Kilwa in German East Africa to support military operations there, October 1917.
    Indian reinforcements being transported to Kilwa in German East Africa to support military operations there, October 1917.
    Q 15679

    Indian reinforcements being transported to Kilwa in German East Africa to support military operations there, October 1917. 

  • 4. On The Western Front

    Soldiers of the Indian Expeditionary Force make their way through a shell-torn landscape, March 1917.
    Soldiers of the Indian Expeditionary Force make their way through a shell-torn landscape, March 1917.
    Q 4997

    Soldiers of the Indian Expeditionary Force make their way through a shell-torn landscape, March 1917.

  • 5. Gas attack drill

    Indian soldiers during a gas mask drill.
    Indian soldiers during a gas mask drill.
    Q 56644

    Indian soldiers during a gas mask drill.

  • 6. Sports at Salonika

    Indian soldiers performing gymnastics at a sports day in Salonika, 1916.
    Indian soldiers performing gymnastics at a sports day in Salonika, 1916.
    Q 32064

    Indian soldiers performing gymnastics at a Sports Day in Salonika, 1916.

  • 7. Gallipoli

    Two officers of an Indian mule company in Gallipoli, 1915.
    Two officers of an Indian mule company in Gallipoli, 1915.
    Q 13665

    Two officers of an Indian mule company in Gallipoli, 1915.

  • 8. The Battle of the Somme

    Indian soldiers wait for food at an improvised cookhouse at a camp near Querrieu in July 1916.
    Indian soldiers wait for food at an improvised cookhouse at a camp near Querrieu in July 1916.
    Q 4072

    Indian soldiers wait for food at an improvised cookhouse at a camp near Querrieu in July 1916.

  • 9. Keeping clean

    Indian soldiers bathing in the River Auja, Palestine, in the summer of 1918.
    Indian soldiers bathing in the River Auja, Palestine, in the summer of 1918.
    Q 12494

    Indian soldiers bathing in the River Auja, Palestine, in the summer of 1918.

  • 10. Daily prayers

    Indian soldiers of the Islamic faith pray at their camp during the campaign in Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq).
    Indian soldiers of the Islamic faith pray at their camp during the campaign in Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq).
    Q 24572

    Indian soldiers of the Islamic faith pray at their camp during the campaign in Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq).

  • 11. In Baghdad

    Indian soldiers guarding Baghdad railway station shortly after the city’s capture in March 1917.
    Indian soldiers guarding Baghdad railway station shortly after the city’s capture in March 1917.
    Q 25175

    Indian soldiers guarding Baghdad railway station shortly after the city’s capture in March 1917.  Railway stations were militarily important sites and were often guarded against sabotage and other threats.

  • 12. Wounded Indian Soldiers Convalescing

    Wounded Indian soldiers at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton, used as a hospital for Indian soldiers during the First World War.
    Wounded Indian soldiers at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton, used as a hospital for Indian soldiers during the First World War.
    Q 53887

    Wounded Indian soldiers at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton, which was used as a hospital for Indian soldiers during the First World War, August 1915.