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Monday, November 29, 2004 Rewind
This among other preserved images from the albums of British and American photographers, winds the clock back to the Colonial days.
Also Hawkshaws' India.
[Interestingly, the Western focus still hasn't changed much when it comes to documenting India]
The moving images section too has bookmarks from the past:
> Movie produced to recruit soldiers for the British Indian Army (over two and a half million Indians fought on the British side).
Brown Arms, White Wars, looks into this rarely documented Indian relation to the War:
"Over 1,300,000 soldiers of Indian ancestry fought in the First World War. It remains the largest volunteer army ever assembled in the history of the world. It was the largest number of soldiers fighting from the British Empire after those from the British Isles. Not Canada, not Australia, no other part of the Empire contributed as many troops.
Two and half million Indian soldiers fought in the Second World War. You might want to read those sentences again." [Thanks Sepia Mutiny]
> Indian soldiers being flown to Srinagar airport to fight tribesmen soon after Independence.
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