WW1 The Indian Corps in France by Lt Col Merewether Published 1918

WW1 The Indian Corps in France by Lt Col Merewether Published 1918

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For sale is a WW1 The Indian Corps in France by Lt Col J W B Merewether Which Was Published in 1918. This is in good condition and is a reprint done in April 1918. 

 
This work was first published in December 1917 and was reprinted twice in the following year. There was also a second edition in 1919. There were also Indian editions in English with Indian dialects. 
 
The second edition contained what the authors referred to as 'a large number of important alterations and modifications', and they were satisfied that 'later research can add very little to the account as it is presented...' They admitted that they had not been able to examine everything so the book remains, essentially, a restricted contemporary account without much of the information being released being available to them. In spite of these restrictions, the history has long been highly regarded, and second-hand copies of it have been difficult to obtain.
 
The only history of the Indian Corps in France in the Great War, from 1914 to 1915 when the Corps transferred to the Middle East. A fascinating story.
The Indian Corps, consisting of two infantry divisions (Meerut and Lahore), arrived in France in September/October 1914. It was commanded by Lieutenant-General Sir James Willcocks who was the most senior officer in the BEF after Field Marshal Sir John French and General Sir Horace Smith-Dorrien. The corps remained on the Western Front till the end of 1915, when it was transferred to the Middle East, a more suitable theatre of war for Indian Army troops. This history was published at the request and under the authority of the India Office, and apart from General Willcocks' own memoirs, With The Indians in France, it is the only record of the corps. It is not altogether a happy tale, as the book makes clear. While there was no questioning the bravery of the troops (five Indian/Gurkha VCs) there were problems of climate, reinforcements, officer casualties (the Indian battalion had only 13 British officers, who were first priority targets for the Germans), not to mention mishandling and lack of understanding on the part of the High Command. Total casualties among Indian Army units amounted to 21,413 (each division had, initially, three British battalions and divisional artillery was British). An unusual and fascinating story and history.
 
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