Forgotten heroes of WWI: Photos show Gurkha, Indian and Sikh soldiers fighting for British Empire 

Mail Online | 5/17/2019 | Ross Ibbetson For Mailonline
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Moving images show the formidable Gurkhas who were decorated on the fields of Europe, masked Indian soldiers awaiting gas attacks and Sikhs performing their chants as they fought for the British Empire in the Great War.

Staggeringly, nearly 1.5 million Indian soldiers fought in the First World War, risking their lives to protect the British Empire.

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But the sacrifices of those brave men is rarely remembered today.

These remarkable photos were captured on the orders of the India Office in London to produce a war record of the Indians on the Western Front in 1915.

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Approximately 10 percent of the soldiers, involved in an alien conflict in a faraway and unfamiliar land, were casualties of the war, with around 75,000 men never returning home to their homeland and their families.

In the early years of the war, Muslim, Sikh and Hindu men from regions such as the Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Bihar volunteered in the Indian Expeditionary Force, which saw fighting on the Western Front, in East Africa, Mesopotamia, Egypt and Gallipoli.

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In particular, the experienced soldiers who fought in France in the war's early years were crucial - holding back waves of German attacks whilst the British were still recruiting and training their own forces.

The Indian force fought bravely and twelve Victoria Crosses were awarded to Indians after the War...
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