WW1 INDIAN INFANTRY
When war broke out in Europe in 1914 the Indian Government offered Britain two infantry and two cavalry divisions for use anywhere in the World. Initially they were intended to garrison Egypt, but instead were diverted for service in France, where they fought their first battles in October of that year. In October of the following year the Indian infantry were redeployed to the Middle East, where they served in Mesopotamia and Palestine, and also to stations in East Africa. As with all armies, that of India was ill-prepared for the Great War as it developed, but adapted and acquitted itself very well, eventually seeing more than one million troops serve outside their homeland. With so much attention devoted to the Western and Eastern fronts in this war, this set from HaT concentrates on one of the less well-known but still important theatres of war; the fight with the Ottoman Empire for control of the Middle East.
Scale 1 72 Hat figures