Andrew Sharpe

Second Rifle Brigade and Second Battalion (39th Garhwal Rifles) at Neuve Chapelle.. De Agostini Picture Library / Bridgeman Images

The contribution of Indian troops to one of the first major battles on the Western Front. 

A history of wasted opportunity – prejudice, procrastination and fears of a British backlash hampered attempts to give the Indian Army a native officer corps between 1919 and 1939.