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`Read Epub Ø Sepoys in the Trenches: The Indian Corps on the Western Front, 1914-1915 ⛈ The Indian corps arrived in Europe just in time for the First Battle of Ypres Regular soldiers all, they fought an enemy of whom they knew little, and in a cause not their own This full history draws on a range of sources, including interviews This well researched and nicely presented book Sepoys in the Trenches by Gordon Corrigan, offers the reader an insightful and interesting account of the Indian Corps during the first year of the Great War The book provides a detailed combat narrative of the period between 1914 1915 when the Indian Corps served on the Western Front The author, who served in the British Army from 1962 to 1998, spent some time in command of a Gurkha unit and his love for these brave and resourceful soldiers sh This well researched and nicely presented book Sepoys in the Trenches by Gordon Corrigan, offers the reader an insightful and interesting account of the Indian Corps during the first year of the Great War The book provides a detailed combat narrative of the period between 1914 1915 when the Indian Corps served on the Western Front The author, who served in the British Army from 1962 to 1998, spent some time in command of a Gurkha unit and his love for these brave and resourceful soldiers shows in this account.The book is well written and covers a large range of material and subjects concerning the Indian units who served on the Western Front as part of the BEF until they were re deployed to Mesopotamia in November 1915 Not only are the battles covered in detail but the make up and performance of the Indian Corps is assessed and a number of myths and stories are clarified and laid to rest.The author takes the time to give you the background of the Indian Corps and how it was organized and recruited to function under much different circumstances than the attritional warfare of the Western Front He then shows the problems encountered by the Indian Army on the Western Front due to it being raised, trained and equipped to fight skirmishes on the Indian frontiers and not a modern European war.At the end of the book you feel that the officers and men of the Indian Corps did an outstanding job during that first year of the Great War and that they might not have received the credit that they were due That they had fought in every major British battle during that period and suffered horrendous casualties fighting in a country they knew little of and in a war that had nothing to do with them and still retained their loyalty and faith in the British Empire was quite amazing.The author has utilised a number of first hand accounts throughout the narrative, which give you a small idea and feeling of the Indian troops fighting in France A number of black white photographs and detailed maps are provided throughout the book and are of a decent standard Overall this is an excellent account covering a little known and sparsely written about aspect of the First World War I am sure that any student or reader of this period of history will enjoy this book and will learn something new to take away after putting the book back on its shelf An excellent readable history of the British Indian Corps on the Western Front in the first year of the Great War Sepoys in the Trenches is the story of the Indian Corps serving in the British Expeditionary Force, in France in 1914 1915 Corrigan provides a complete and informative account, examining every aspect of the story, but keeping the narrative readable and entertaining.The author served many years as an officer in British Gurkha regiments, and his knowledge and affection for the Gurkhas and the wider British Indian Army show through The narrative begins with a thorough background of the compositio Sepoys in the Trenches is the story of the Indian Corps serving in the British Expeditionary Force, in France in 1914 1915 Corrigan provides a complete and informative account, examining every aspect of the story, but keeping the narrative readable and entertaining.The author served many years as an officer in British Gurkha regiments, and his knowledge and affection for the Gurkhas and the wider British Indian Army show through The narrative begins with a thorough background of the composition and organization of the Indian Army that at the outset of World War I While this may not sounds terribly exciting, the details of how the Indian Army took a wide array of ethnic, religious, and caste groups as well as British officers and synthesize them into a coherent and capable fighting force.While it may seem odd to take a force of colonial troops unaccustomed to Europe and European warfare, and send them to France, Britain was short of professional soldiers at the start of World War I and the Indian Army provided a large source of these While the soldiers and officers of the Indian Army were professional soldiers, andexperienced than many of their British and French counterparts in 1914, they also encountered many difficulties.The author explores how the Indian Corps overcame many obstacles, such as difficulties replacing casualties, high casualty rates among officers and NCOs, being re armed with new weapons and receiving insufficient training on them, and lack of proper artillery and other support weapons machine guns, mortars, and grenades to achieve an admirable record of service in France Corrigan gives a detailed account of the campaigns in which the Indian Corps fought, highlighted with tales of individual valor by men of the Corps who won the Victoria Cross and other military accolades He also thoroughly examines and busts some myths that grew up around the Corps and its service in France, over the years.While the author is overall very positive about the Indian Corps, and obviously their story holds a special place for him, his narrative is not uncritical Corrigan recognizes and admits weaknesses and failures, where they occurred, which if not included might leave the reader thinking that the author fairly fawned over the Indians This book is a very strong account, overall, but it has one big, glaring weakness There are no maps or illustrations in this text, this may be specific the the e book format, but some maps at least would have gone a long way in helping to keep track of the Indian Corps movements and battles in France