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The Indian Empire at War Reviews

The Indian Empire at War by George Morton-Jack

The Indian Empire At War: From Jihad to Victory, The Untold Story of the Indian Army in the First World War

George Morton-Jack

4.29 out of 5

3 reviews

Imprint: Little, Brown
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 6 Sep 2018
ISBN: 9781408707692

A brilliantly original history of the First World War, re-tracing the footsteps of the Indian Army's 1.5 million men who in 1914-18 served about the globe from Europe to Africa, Asia and the Indian Ocean.

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4 stars out of 5
Ian Jack
14 Dec 2018

"a comprehensive and lively history"

rewarding... Morton-Jack recounts a comprehensive and lively history of the Indian army in all its tragedies, difficulties and occasional triumphs...


5 stars out of 5
Andrew Lycett
9 Oct 2018

"fluent and colourful"

George Morton-Jack's fluent and colourful account of the Indians' role across the globe tells a different story... Morton-Jack has earlier written an academic account of the Indian army in France. Widening the context, this book describes the war as a worldwide conflict... 

4 stars out of 5
Alexander Larman
7 Oct 2018

"an absorbing and well-researched study"

The role of the Indian army in the first world war has been largely ignored, which is why Morton-Jack’s second book, an absorbing and well-researched study, is so welcome. It explores a remarkably diverse fighting force – 1.5 million men of all creeds and castes – who were sent thousands of miles from home to battlefields where many perished for the British empire. Treated poorly in comparison with their fellow soldiers, they nonetheless conducted themselves with gallantry. This book is a fitting testament to the sacrifices they made.