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Approach to Battle

Approach to Battle

ISBN: 9781911096511

Author: Mr Alan Jeffreys

Publisher: Helion & Co

Format: Hardback

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The Indian Army was the largest volunteer army during the Second World War. Indian Army divisions fought in the Middle East, North Africa and Italy - and went to make up the overwhelming majority of the troops in South East Asia. Over two million personnel served in the Indian Army - and India provided the base for supplies for the Middle Eastern and South East Asian theatres. This monograph is a modern historical interpretation of the Indian Army as a holistic organisation during the Second World War. It will look at training in India - charting how the Indian Army developed a more comprehensive training structure than any other Commonwealth country. This was achieved through both the dissemination of doctrine and the professionalism of a small coterie of Indian Army officers who brought about a military culture within the Indian Army - starting in the 1930s - that came to fruition during the Second World War, which informed the formal learning process. Finally, it will show that the Indian Army was reorganised after experiences of the First World War. During the interwar period, the army developed training and belief for both fighting on the North West Frontier, and as an aid to civil power. With the outbreak of the Second World War, in addition to these roles, the army had to expand and adapt to fighting modern professional armies in the difficult terrains of desert, jungle and mountain warfare. A clear development of doctrine and training can be seen, with many pamphlets being produced by GHQ India that were, in turn, used to formulate training within formations and then used in divisional, brigade and unit training instructions - thus a clear line of process can be seen not only from GHQ India down to brigade and battalion level, but also upwards from battalion and brigade level based on experience in battle that was absorbed into new training instructions. Together with the added impetus for education in the army, by 1945 the Indian Army had become a modern, professional and national army.

Book Title: Approach to Battle
Publisher: Helion & Co
Title Release: February 2017
ISBN: 9781911096511
Author: Mr Alan Jeffreys
Format: Hardback
About the Author: Alan Jeffreys was educated at Douai School, the University of Southampton and King's College London. He is a series editor of Helion's 'War and Military Culture in South Asia, 1757-1947' academic historical series and a senior curator, Social History at the Imperial War Museum. He is also a member of the Templer Medal Sub-Committee for the Society of Army Historical Research. Publications include The British Army in the Far East 1941-45 and The Indian Army, 1939-47: Experience and Development (co-ed.). He has contributed chapters to a number of publications including The Indian Army in Two World Wars (ed. Kaushik Roy), El Alamein and the Struggle for North Africa (ed. Jill Edwards), Military Education and Empire, 1854-1950 (eds. Doug Delaney and Rob Engen) and The Oxford Handbook of World War Two (ed. Kurt Piehler).

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