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The Forgotten Sacrifices

World War I, often referred to as the Great War, was one of the deadliest conflicts in history, involving countries from all corners of the globe. India, then under British colonial rule, contributed significantly to the war effort. Approximately 1.5 million Indian soldiers volunteered to serve in the British Indian Army. These brave men left their homes and families behind to fight for a cause that was not their own.

Their contributions to the war were immense. Indian soldiers served in various theatres of war, including the Western Front, the Middle East, Africa, and even the Italian Front. They played a crucial role in several key battles and campaigns. Yet, their sacrifices and valour have often gone unnoticed or been overshadowed by the broader narrative of the war.

Broken Promises

The sacrifices made by Indian soldiers and their families during World War I were not met with the recognition and support they deserved. Many Indian families were promised compensation and support by the British government in exchange for their sons' and husbands' service. Unfortunately, these promises often went unfulfilled.

After the war, the families of Indian soldiers who had lost their lives or were injured faced economic hardships without the promised support. The contributions of Indian soldiers were largely overlooked, and their families struggled to make ends meet. This injustice is a dark chapter in history, and it's a part of the story that must not be forgotten.

Remembering the Forgotten Heroes: November 11th - A Day to Honour Indian Soldiers of WWI

Armistice Day or Remembrance Day 

November 11th is a day of global significance, known as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in many parts of the world. It is a day to pay tribute to the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives during World War I. While we often remember the soldiers who fought on the Western Front, it's equally important to remember the lesser-known heroes of this global conflict. Among them are the nearly 1.5 million Indian soldiers who joined the Allied forces to defend Europe during WWI. This article is a call to the current generation to honour and remember these forgotten heroes on November 11th.

India's Diverse Contribution to World War I: A Tapestry of Faiths in the British Indian Army


World War I, also known as the Great War, was a global conflict that saw nations from around the world come together to confront an unprecedented challenge. India, then under British colonial rule, played a significant role in this war effort by sending troops to serve in the British Indian Army. These soldiers came from various faiths and backgrounds, reflecting the incredible diversity of the Indian subcontinent. While precise numbers for each faith are challenging to ascertain, this article aims to shed light on the remarkable religious diversity among Indian volunteers during WWI.

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