British Indian WW2 project references

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Sikh soldiers fighting in Italy. The Order of Battle of the Indian Army included the 4th, 8th and 10th Indian Army Divisions. These divisions were part of the legendary 8th British Army and fought along with British, New Zealand, Polish, American, Canadian and French Divisions. Together these men, soldiers from distant lands, men with little or no cultural similarities, lived together and many of them even died together.

Sikh soldiers fighting in Italy WWII Sikh soldiers emigrated from both India and Pakistan and served in the US Army as far back as World War I. Thousands of Sikh soldiers helped liberate France in WWII.

World War II Uniforms - Hungary - 1943 May, Southern USSR, Lieutenant, Fighter Squadron India - 1940 Dec., North Africa, Sergeant, 8th Indian Division India - 1941 Dec., Malaya, Corporal, 9th Gurkha Rifles India - 1942 June, Burma, Subedar-Major, 20th Burma Rifles

Hungary - 1943 May, Southern USSR, Lieutenant, Fighter Squadron ~ India -

Sikh soldiers on the Western Front 1916.  Indian troops saw service in almost every campaign of WW1. From the mud of the Western front to the heat and sand of the Middle East. Indian units suffered over 140,000 casualties including 74,000 killed.

Sikh soldiers on the Western Front Indian troops saw service in almost every campaign of From the mud of the Western front to the heat and sand of the Middle East. Indian units suffered over casualties including killed.

Picture Post, March 11, 1944: Santa Singh, a Sikh soldier serving with the British 8th Army. From September 1943 to April 1945, approximately 50,000 soldiers of the Indian Army took part in the Italian Campaign.

Post Magazine, March 1944 : Santa Singh, a Sikh soldier serving with the British Army. From September 1943 to April approximately soldiers of the Indian Army took part in the Italian Campaign.

WW1: French postcard of a Sikh Havaldar (NCO) Native Indian Infantry, who poses for the photographer in Marseilles before deploying as member of the British troops on the Western Front. Both the UK and France used their colonial troops extensively during the war.

1914 French postcard showing a Sikh Havaldar posing for the photographer at Marseille, France, in the early days of the First World War.

Shown above is one such uncoded leaflet depicting a Sikh soldier of Indian National Army charging in front line while others follow him raising flag of India which had become symbol of Independence movement. It also shows British and United States flag being crushed under feet of charging INA soldier.

A leaflet showing a Sikh soldier of Indian National Army with Indian flag in background and trampling flags from US and UK

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An Indian infantry section of the Battalion, Rajput Regiment about to go on patrol on the Arakan front, Burma 1943

sikh troops. burma

sikh troops. burma

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