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Kiran Sahota and Paula Kitching, last updated: 28th August 2018

This article examines the importance of understanding the experiences of the Indian Forces during the First World War and how that can affect young people today.

One hundred and four years ago the British Empire was one of the largest global operations in existence. Roughly a quarter of the world’s population came under either its direct control or at least its influence. Its territories spread around the globe in the northern and southern hemispheres and across continents. When Britain declared war in 1914 appeals went out across the Empire and the Dominions for support; that support was quickly pledged. The support came from local governments, representatives and in India from the British authorities and the local leaders... 

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