The Indian Army, 1939–47: Experience and Development

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Routledge, Mar 3, 2016 - History - 256 pages
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The sheer size and influence of the British Indian Army, and its major role in the Allied War effort between 1939 and 1945 on behalf of a country from which it was seeking independence, maintains its fascination as a subject for a wide variety of historians. This volume presents a range of papers examining the Indian Army experience from the outbreak of world war in 1939 to the partition of India in 1947. With contributions from many of those at the forefront of the study of the Indian Army and Commonwealth history, the book focuses upon a period of Indian Army history not well covered by modern scholarship. As such it makes a substantial contribution across a range of subject areas, presenting a compendium of chapters examining Indian Army participation in the Second World War from North Africa to Burma, plus a variety of other topics including the evolution of wartime training, frontier operations, Churchill and the Indian Army, the Army's role in the development of post-war British counterinsurgency practice, and of particular note, several chapters examining aspects of the partition in 1947. As such, the book offers a fascinating insight into one of the most important yet least understood military forces of the twentieth century. It will be of interest not only to those seeking a fuller understanding of past campaigns, but also to those wishing to better understand the development and ethos of the present day military forces of the Indian subcontinent.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Evolution and Use of British Imperial Military Formations
9
2 Indian Army Command Culture and the North West Frontier 19191939
31
3 Did Winston Matter? Churchill and the Indian Army 19401945
57
4 Training the Indian Army 19391945
69
4th Indian Division and its Place in 8th Army
87
From Donbaik to Razabil January 1943March 1944
109
The Last and Greatest Victory of the British Indian Army
137
8 The 20th Indian Division in French IndoChina
157
Partition of the Indian Armoured Corps 1947
179
10 A Dismal Story? Britain the Gurkhas and the Partition of India 19451948
195
The Army in India 19361946
215
Index
241
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Patrick Rose received a PhD in War Studies from King’s College London for a thesis examining command culture in the British and Indian Armies between 1919 and 1945. He is a West Point Fellow in military history, and co-editor and contributing author of the forthcoming book Allied Fighting Effectiveness in North Africa and Italy, 1942-1945. He is currently a senior analyst in the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory of the UK Ministry of Defence. A member of the Defence Policy Analysis Group, he has recently deployed to support NATO campaign planning in Afghanistan. Alan Jeffreys is Senior Curator, Social History at the Imperial War Museum. He is the author of The British Army in the Far East, 1941-45 (2005) and Training the Indian Army, 1939-45 (Ashgate, forthcoming). He is also co-editor of an academic history series entitled 'India at War'.

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