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IZZAT: Historical Records and Iconography of Indian Cavalry Regiments 1750 - 2007
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.
2009 (English)Book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

Packed with historical data assembled from a wide variety of sources, much of it previously unavailable, together with over 2000 images which have required years of in-depth research to assemble in the form of photographic images or meticulous line drawings, this ground-breaking book deals with every cavalry regiment known to have existed in the armed forces of India and Pakistan from 1750 up to 2007.

The author has concentrated on the complex lineages of the many regiments, the identification of their badges, ethnic compositions and battle honours. A comprehensive mass of information is arranged in an orderly manner for easy access under three sections covering the periods 1750 to 1921, 1921 to 1947 and 1947 to 2007.

Supplementary to this, but vital to an understanding of the subject, there are chapters that explore the evolution of the mounted arm on the Indian subcontinent, policies relating to ethnography and recruitment, the volunteer movement and the Auxiliary Force (India) Cavalry, and the forces of the Indian Princely States that were ultimately absorbed into the Indian Armoured Corps. A detailed bibliography is provided for further research.

This book will serve as an authoritative source for serious students of military history searching for a better understanding of the history and lineage of Indian and Pakistani cavalry regiments and how these entities functioned. It will also provide an indispensable tool for collectors of regimental insignia and military medals and a comprehensive guide to the identification and appreciation of badges, buttons and shoulder titles throughout the period.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
United Service Institution of India , 2009. , 828 + x p.
Keyword [en]
"South Asia", "India", "Indian Cavalry", "Regimental History", "Iconorgapy", "Ethnography", "Pakistan Army", "Indian Army"
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-15459ISBN: 978-81-902097-7-9OAI: diva2:181979
“IZZAT is a remarkable achievement. Wonderfully organised and clearly presented, it is an exhaustive account of the cavalry regiments of the Indian Army, both before 1947 and since. The genealogy of each regiment, the fundamental reorganisations of 1921 and 1947, the battle honours and dress distinctions – all are to be found here. This is an indispensable source of reference.” Professor Hew Strachan Chichele Professor of the History of War, Oxford University “This magnum opus has been written by an acknowledged authority on the subject and will surely become the definitive work on the iconography and history of the cavalry regiments of the old Anglo-Indian Army. Also included is a comprehensive description of all the cavalry regiments of independent India and Pakistan and their fighting records. This well organised book reads easily and is packed with useful information – including descriptions of many hitherto obscure units. Sources are well noted and provide numerous leads to further research. The illustrations of badges are legion and of excellent quality. Strongly recommended for the serious student of the Sub-continent’s military history.” The Indian Military Historical Society, United Kingdom “An outstanding and a pioneering work by Captain Ashok Nath on the Indian Cavalry Regiments from 1750-2007. This publication will go a long way in fulfilling an existing requirement of such a composition, nested in one place, which will be of much use to our regiments and also help researchers and scholars looking for reference material on the subject.” Lt Gen B.M. Kapur, PVSM, AVSM President, Indian Cavalry Officers AssociationAvailable from: 2008-12-03 Created: 2008-12-03 Last updated: 2011-08-10Bibliographically approved

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