Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Sikhs in the World Wars




Over 138,000 Indian troops fought in Belgium and France during World War I, many of them Sikhs. More than one quarter of these soldiers would became casualties.
In the first battle of Ypres at Flanders in 1914 a platoon of Dogra Sikhs died fighting to the last man, who shot himself with his last cartridge rather than surrender.

After the bloody battle of Neuve Chapelle in 1915 the Sikh regements had lost 80% of their men, 3 regements stood at only 16% of their original compliment.

Sikhs are not recgonized enough for their fearless and courageous contribution in both World Wars and in other wars.
For more information, you can visit sikhs.org for film footage and photos

There are also inspirational stories that I will be posting for month of November.

2 comments:

  1. Really? I didn't know that there were that many sikhs fighting in the world wars. im actually very interested in the world wars but for all the books i've read none of them have mentioned stats to the reader. i'll have to remember that, but knowing me i'll probably forget in the first ten minutes.

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  2. u guys should add a 'follow' tab so i dont have to check regularly, since the posts will come to me....

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