WW-I: IN­DIA IN FLAN­DERS’ FIELDS

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IN OC­TO­BER 1914, THE FIRST IN­DIAN TROOPS FOUGHT AND DIED DE­FEND­ING BEL­GIAN SOIL AT YPRES. THE EURO­PEAN NA­TION HAS NOT FOR­GOT­TEN THE DEBT, AND THIS MONTH THE BEL­GIAN KING AND QUEEN IN­AU­GU­RATE A UNIQUE EX­HI­BI­TION—AND BOOK—ON THE ROLE OF IN­DIAN SOL­DIERS IN WW-I

1. Sec­ond Bat­tle of Ypres, April 1915 Artist’s im­pres­sion of the 40th Pathans cross­ing Zwaan­hof­beek river dur­ing an at­tack; 320 men died in the ac­tion

2. Com­rades in arms A print from 1915 de­picts a Bel­gian sol­dier sup­port­ing a wounded In­dian se­poy; a French African sol­dier walks along­side

3. Riders in­com­ing A rare colour pho­to­graph of In­dian cav­alry troop­ers from the Pun­jab in France, 1917. They saw ac­tion dur­ing the Somme and Cam­brai of­fen­sives

4. The War Il­lus­trated Cover il­lus­tra­tion from an early is­sue, dated Oct. 17, 1914, de­picts ‘The deadly knife of the fear­less Gurkha’

5. Pro­pa­ganda post­card The text reads: The fi­nal news of the Euro­pean war/ Ger­many sur­ren­ders/ The war is over/ Nov. 11, 1918/ May God pro­tect the king

6. ‘Greet­ings from the Mus­ter­ing’ Prince Fred­er­ick Wil­liam III of Prus­sia (cen­tre); a limerick in Ger­man makes fun of the mot­ley crew of en­emy sol­diers (right)

INDIAIN FLAN­DERS’FIELDS At­theNa­tional Mu­seum,Delhi Nov13-30

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