By Patrick Rose, Alan Jeffreys
The sheer dimension and impression of the British Indian military, and its significant function within the Allied battle attempt among 1939 and 1945 on behalf of a rustic from which it used to be looking independence, keeps its fascination as a topic for a large choice of historians. This quantity provides a variety of papers reading the Indian military adventure from the outbreak of worldwide conflict in 1939 to the partition of India in 1947. With contributions from a lot of these on the leading edge of the learn of the Indian military and Commonwealth background, the ebook focuses upon a interval of Indian military historical past now not good lined by way of glossy scholarship. As such it makes a considerable contribution throughout a number of topic parts, providing a compendium of chapters studying Indian military participation within the moment global battle from North Africa to Burma, plus quite a few different issues together with the evolution of wartime education, frontier operations, Churchill and the Indian military, the Army's function within the improvement of post-war British counterinsurgency perform, and of specific observe, a number of chapters interpreting elements of the partition in 1947. As such, the ebook deals a desirable perception into probably the most very important but least understood army forces of the 20 th century. it is going to be of curiosity not just to these looking a fuller figuring out of previous campaigns, but in addition to these wishing to higher comprehend the advance and ethos of the current day army forces of the Indian subcontinent.
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In 1848 it took part in suppressing the Kandy rebellion, caused by land dispossession under British rule. Ceylon also played a military role in the Boer War, and in the First World War. In October 1914 Major J. G. Cardew, Hodson’s Horse, 1857–1922 (London: The Naval and Military Press, 2006), p. 4. 16 The Evolution and Use of British Imperial Military Formations 21 Rifle Corps to Egypt, where they helped guard the Suez Canal before being attached to the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps at Anzac Cove.
But what the Lord taketh with one hand He giveth with the other, and when the regiment departed in 1820 a great crowd of Sinhalese women saw them off, some of them with three or four children by soldiers of the regiment. Whilst in Ceylon the regiment’s task was to secure the British position from internal and external threats, and to take part in imperial campaigns in the region. Thus it took part in fighting in India (for example against Tippoo Sahib in 1799), and in the Kandyan wars that were soon to come.
It shows how organisational characteristics unique to the Indian Army combined with the persistent experience of frontier operations to shape a philosophy of command broadly, but informally, based on the principles of what is now termed mission command. This formed a key distinguishing feature of the Indian Army from its British Army counterpart during the period, despite the common doctrine and professional education for command shared between the two services. The Indian Army’s operational experience on the North West Frontier between 1919 and 1939 demonstrated many benefits derived from the mission command approach, but also certain shortcomings that highlighted an immature understanding of key aspects intrinsic to its effective and proper operation; clarity of higher direction and effective command organisation.
The Indian Army, 1939-47: Experience and Development by Patrick Rose, Alan Jeffreys