Indian Voices of the Great War

Soldiers’ Letters, 1914–18

  • David Omissi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. David Omissi
    Pages 1-22
  3. David Omissi
    Pages 23-130
  4. David Omissi
    Pages 131-262
  5. David Omissi
    Pages 263-343
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 359-382

About this book


Indian soldiers served in France from 1914 to 1918. This book is a selection of their letters. By turns poignant, funny, and almost unbearably moving, these documents vividly evoke the world of the Western Front - as seen through 'subaltern' Indian eyes. The letters also bear eloquent witness to the sepoys' often unsettling encounter with Europe, and with European culture. This book helps to map the imaginative landscape of South Asia's warrior-peasant communities.


army Europe France Front India

Authors and affiliations

  • David Omissi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of History and Centre for Indian StudiesUniversity of HullUK

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