Indian army's contribution to WWI commemorated

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bathinda
  • Updated: Oct 31, 2014 22:09 IST

On the 100th anniversary of World War I, Chetak Corps commemorated the contribution made by the Indian army to the British war effort. Dubbed as 'forgotten heroes,' the Indian soldier's sacrifice was highlighted in a presentation cum documentary conducted for officers and school children at the Bathinda Military Station.

A 4-year-long battle between the Allied and the Axis powers, the First World War claimed almost nine million lives and was considered one of the deadliest wars of the modern world.

The presentation cum documentary was an endeavor of the present army fraternity to highlight how the nation and the force rose to the British cause 100 years ago. Approximately 60,000 soldiers lost their lives and 90,000 were wounded. The sacrifice by the Indian forces was recognised by 12 Victoria Crosses and 13,000 other medals.

Lt Gen PM Hariz, SM, VSM General Officer Commanding, Chetak Corps, in his concluding remarks said it was a rarity that one nation's war was fought by another's armies.

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