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Sepoys in the Trenches: The Indian Corps On The Western Front 1914-15 by [Corrigan, Major Gordon]
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Major Gordon Corrigan retired from the Brigade of Gurkhas in 1998 to become a military historian. He is the author of "Mud, Blood and Poppycock" and "Loos 1915." He is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1456 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press (14 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J26OZL8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
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This book deals with the contribution made by the Indian Corps in the early battles of the Western Front and a remarkable story it is too.
The sepoys were put into the front line the moment they arrived, often issued with rifles they had no experience of handling before, facing, for the first time, artillery and, later, gas. They did remarkably well, plugging up the gaps in the First Battle of Ypres and counter-attacking with gusto at Neuve Chappelle.
This book is particuarly strong on how the Indian troops - totally ill-prepared for high intensity warfare - dealt with the Western Fornt on an individual and cultural level. Extensive, and effective, use of letters and diaries from the Indian troops themselves is used throughout.
The author, formerly an officer in the Ghurkas, clearly has a great empathy with his subject and his contemptous dismissal of one oft-quoted source which, completely wrongly, has Indian troops cowering under fire shows his completely understandable, partisan leanings. The book is the better for it.
My quibbles (minor, I'm a pedant)is that the descriptions of combat can read more like a military report than a narrative and without a decent grasp of the battles of late 1914 and early 1915, you might wonder quite why it all matters so much, but the sweep of the book overcomes these minor failings.
I would recommend anyone with an interest in World War One, or the Indian Army, to buy this book and read a truly fascinating, and neglected, story of a war that has attracted so much attention.
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This well researched and nicely presented book, by Gordon Corrigan, offers the reader an insightful and interesting account of the Indian Corps during the first year of the Great War. The book provides a detailed combat narrative of the period between 1914 - 1915 when the Indian Corps served on the Western Front. The author, who served in the British Army from 1962 to 1998, spent some time in command of a Gurkha unit and his love for these brave and resourceful soldiers shows in this account.
The book is well written and covers a large range of material and subjects concerning the Indian units who served on the Western Front as part of the BEF until they were re-deployed to Mesopotamia in November 1915. Not only are the battles covered in detail but the make-up and performance of the Indian Corps is assessed and a number of myths and stories are clarified and laid to rest.
The author takes the time to give you the background of the Indian Corps and how it was organized and recruited to function under much different circumstances than the attritional warfare of the Western Front. He then shows the problems encountered by the Indian Army on the Western Front due to it being raised, trained and equipped to fight skirmishes on the Indian frontiers and not a modern European war.
At the end of the book you feel that the officers and men of the Indian Corps did an outstanding job during that first year of the Great War and that they might not have received the credit that they were due. That they had fought in every major British battle during that period and suffered horrendous casualties fighting in a country they knew little of and in a war that had nothing to do with them and still retained their loyalty and faith in the British Empire was quite amazing.
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I haven't read such an in depth story of history since I left school in 1983.
This book brilliantly tells the story of the brave but cruelly ill equipped Indian soldiers who fought so magnificently in WWI.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK.
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I have read a few books on WW1 but have not encountered any which touch upon the Indian Army's role in the fighting. It was fascinating to learn about the great, courageous actions of these men who were brought to an unknown country to fight alongside British soldiers. The concept of izzat was particularly inspiring as Corrigan recounts of instances where Indian soldiers have risked their own lives, sometimes being shot in the process, to salvage the bodies of their fellow soldiers and officers. Would definitely recommend.
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I was incredibly pleased to find this as a Kindle book and at such a great price. I enjoy reading about both World Wars and the fact that this focuses on the Indian Army was particularly fascinating. With beliefs and religions differing throughout the Corps it was very interesting to see that often Indian soldiers and British soldiers held each other in great esteem and with great admiration. This is underlined by the various and numerous medals given to Indian soldiers as a result of their bravery and courage on the battlefields of Europe. Clearly written and easy to follow Sepoys in the Trenches is a must read for WW1 fans or any history fans.
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I've needed this book since I first visited the Menin Gate and wondered "what is a naik - or a subadar". What were the attitudes of these brave men who crossed the world to fight a war which was not of their making? Major Corrigan's research and personal experience have provided answers to these and more questions in a volume of heroism and tragedy; of military brilliance and military farce.
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