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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just a gap filling exercise, 23 Mar 2009
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This review is from: Sepoys in the Trenches: The Indian Corps on the Western Front 1914--15 (Paperback)
Gordon Corrigan's writing is clear and straightforward. When there is evidence he cites it, where he uses inference based on his own experience as a professional soldier and Major in the Gurkhas Rifles, he says so. As in his other works, Major Corrigan describes the make-up and organisation of the army in some detail. While some might find this on the dry side it does give you a real feel for how the Indian Army operated in WW1 and the particular problems facing the Indian troops and their officers in France.

Throughout, there is a real passion for its subject with well chosen and often moving anecdotes such as the group of Scinde Rifles who refused to retreat in the face of an overwhelming German counter-attack because they would not leave the body of their dead British officer. All were lost. In my view this makes it more than a mere academic exercise that such histories can become.

This book reminds us that in the most desperate hours this island turned to its Empire for trained professional soldiers to man the lines facing the German army in northern France and that in the first days of 1914-15 those men came from India. That they fought with great courage in a totally alien country for reasons they barely grasped is a tribute to their training, leadership and esprit da corps. This is a fine record of that contribution.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A sacrifice that has been largely forgotten, 5 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Sepoys in the Trenches: The Indian Corps on the Western Front 1914--15 (Paperback)
Gordon Corrigan's book is a timely reminder of the great sacrifice made by the Indian Army. Largely forgotten, I hope that as the 2014-2018 remembrances roll round, the suffering that these men endured will be remembered and acknowledged.

It's a great book - full of facts, easy to read and with a wonderful and deep understanding of the motives and attitudes of these men. Can't recommend it highly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive read, 29 Nov 2013
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At present there is very little that is reasonably priced on this subject, although no doubt more will be published during the coming Centenary. Meanwhile this is an excellent account of the Indian contribution to the First World War in France and Belgium.
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Sepoys in the Trenches: The Indian Corps on the Western Front 1914--15
Sepoys in the Trenches: The Indian Corps on the Western Front 1914--15 by Major Gordon Corrigan (Paperback - 30 Aug 2004)
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