13 Amazing Facts About India’s Contribution To The First World War.

The World Wars are one of the most unfortunate events to have been inflicted upon by humans on them, though majorly the WWI was fought between the Allies and Germany but India had a huge part to play in it. We’ve dug up quite a few facts about India’s contribution to WWI.

So here is some fact which you don’t know about Indian Army…..

 1. India contributed with more soldiers than Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa combined.

India’s Contribution To The First World War.

2. Indian soldiers won 11 Victoria Cross honors, Britain’s highest military honors. Overall 13,000 medals were won by the Indian Corps.

India’s Contribution To The First World War.

3. Troops from India fought in all the major theaters of war, from the Western Front in Europe to Africa and China.

India’s Contribution To The First World War.

4. 53,486 Indian soldiers lost their lives, 64,350 were wounded and 3,762 went missing or were imprisoned.

India’s Contribution To The First World War.

5. Mesopotamia proved to be the deadliest battle ground, with 30,000 Indian casualties and 32,000 wounded.

India’s Contribution To The First World War.

6. It wasn’t just the wounds of battle that killed the Indian soldiers. Nearly 9,000 died due to severe winters in France.

India’s Contribution To The First World War.

7. Apart from men and material, India also contributed with 100 million pounds of wealth.

India’s Contribution To The First World War.

8. Not just combatants, there were 43,737 men who worked in the Indian Labor Corps.

India’s Contribution To The First World War.

9. Indian Royalty served in the war as well.

India’s Contribution To The First World War.

Maharaja Sir Ganga Singh, the Maharaja of Bikaner, commanded the Bikaner Camel Corps that served in France, Egypt and Palestine. He also represented British India in the Imperial War Cabinet. Maharaja Of Patiala, Bhupinder Singh fought in the Gallipoli Campaign, in present day Turkey.

10. Within weeks of the war being declared, India also supplied 70,000,000 rounds of small arms ammunition, 600,000 rifles, motors and machine guns.

India’s Contribution To The First World War.

11. During the four years of war, the Army Clothing Department produced 41,920,223 garments.

India’s Contribution To The First World War.

12. By the end of the war, 1,302,394 personnel, 172, 815 animals and 369.1 million tonnes of supplies had left Indian shores.

India’s Contribution To The First World War.

13. The total value of India’s war contribution amounted to £ 80,000,000. That’s about Rs. 7,420,800,000 in today’s money.

India’s Contribution To The First World War.

This Is our Great and Toughest Army. Grand Salute 🙂

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