IWM Staff
Monday 8 January 2018
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1. Bayonet practice

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1. Bayonet practice

Indian soldiers training with bayonets.

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2. On parade

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2. On parade

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.

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3. The East African Campaign

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3. The East African Campaign

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

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4. On The Western Front

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4. On The Western Front

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

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5. Gas attack drill

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5. Gas attack drill

Indian soldiers during a gas mask drill.

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6. Sports at Salonika

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6. Sports at Salonika

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

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7. Gallipoli

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7. Gallipoli

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

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8. The Battle of the Somme

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8. The Battle of the Somme

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

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9. Keeping clean

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9. Keeping clean

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

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10. Daily prayers

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10. Daily prayers

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

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11. In Baghdad

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11. In Baghdad

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.

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12. Wounded Indian Soldiers Convalescing

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12. Wounded Indian Soldiers Convalescing

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.

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