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    Hi all,

    I hope that I've put this in the right place (if not mods please move).

    I was looking to get some recommendations on the Indian Army in WW2, in particular its formation and its participation in campaigns (particulary in the Far Eastern theatres).

    I've been reading Slim's book and have started to get a real interest in the Indian army during this period as it seems like a massive and highly interesting subject.

    As such, I'd appreciate any books that you could recommend to expand my knowledge of this topic.

    Cheers!

    Porty

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    John Masters served with the Gurkhas and he is a pretty good author. See if you can locate some of his WW II books. FW Perry can tell you exactly how India formed its units, plus the British and other Commonwealth countries in both World Wars..

    Pruitt
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    • #3
      Thanks very much for the help Pruitt, I'll certainly chase those authors up!

      Cheers

      Porty

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      • #4
        Recommendation

        Armies of the Raj

        From the Great Indian Mutiny to Independence:1858-1947

        By Byron Farwell

        There are plenty of books on British India that will also have sections for the period you are interested in.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Major Mike View Post
          Armies of the Raj

          From the Great Indian Mutiny to Independence:1858-1947

          By Byron Farwell

          There are plenty of books on British India that will also have sections for the period you are interested in.
          I have that book as well in storage. Good Choice..

          Pruitt
          Pruitt, you are truly an expert! Kelt06

          Have you been struck by the jawbone of an ASS lately?

          by Khepesh "This is the logic of Pruitt"

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          • #6
            Some of the Official Histories of the Indian Army in WW2 are available for free at Hyper War:
            India-Pakistan in World War Two

            Others have been recently reprinted in India and can be found relatively cheaply on Abebooks/Amazon.
            Listings here:
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            • #7
              Originally posted by CarpeDiem View Post
              Some of the Official Histories of the Indian Army in WW2 are available for free at Hyper War:
              India-Pakistan in World War Two
              Hopefully we'll do the rest eventually.
              Hyperwar: World War II on the World Wide Web
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              • #8
                You might find "Forgotten Armies: The Fall of British Asia, 1941-1945" by Christopher Bayly and Tim Harper. It has large sections on the Indian Army and places them in the context of the fight in Burma and Malaysia.
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                • #9
                  A Matter of Honour by Philip Mason.

                  Written 40 years ago by someone who spent nearly 20 years in India serving the Raj.

                  Lot of good background material on early days, martial races etc.

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                  • #10
                    Besides these books, there are personal narratives of ex officers of India Army, that provides you with excellent insight on Indian Army between the wars and under the Raj.

                    The Biographies on the life of Field Marshal Slim, Field Marshal K. M. Cariappa. On Gen. Thimayya are worth reading.

                    Also Visit Bharat Rakshak.com

                    http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/

                    vikram

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                    • #11
                      Mist on the Rice-Fields by John Shipster.

                      First half of the book covers the author´s time, before post-war transfer to the Middlesex Regiment, as a subaltern with 7/2 Punjabis.

                      Some very interesting stuff on a battalion composed of Sikhs, Punjabi Mussulmen and Dogras.

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