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Friday, November 16, 2018

Indian Expeditionary Force under the command of General Sir James Willcocks in Flanders

On the outbreak of war the Indian Army had 150,000 trained men and the Indian Government offered the services of two cavalry and two infantry divisions for service overseas.The force known as Indian Expeditionary Force A was under the command of General Sir James Willcocks. Force A was attached to the British Expeditionary Force and the four divisions were formed into two army corps: an infantry Indian Corps and the Indian Cavalry Corps. The photographed soldiers are produced by Elastolin in 30s.

General Sir James Willcocks and his personal staff in July 1915
2nd Queen Victoria's Own Rajput Light Infantry in action in Flanders, during the winter of 1914–15
The 15th Sikh Regiment arrive in Marseille, France on their way to fight the Germans during the First World War.

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