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The 49th: A Bengali Infantry Regiment in the Great War
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.
2014 (English)In: The British Indian Army: Virtue and Necessity / [ed] Robert Johnson, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014, 65-76 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Raising the 49th was a unique experiment as it was the first ‘all Bengali’ infantry regiment, it comprised many educated young men from urban backgrounds, and there was no segregation amongst the rank and file based on religion since Hindus and Muslims served together.  This structure was quite unlike other Indian infantry regiments of that era which recruited from the illiterate rural peasantry, compartmentalized into caste or religious based sub units or regiments.

On mobilization the Bengalis were sent to Mesopotamia to fight the Ottoman Turks. Cultural prejudices from their own British officers, poor leadership, caste rivalries’ amongst the Indian officers and a serious incident within the regiment resulted in its disbandment in 1920. 

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Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014. 65-76 p.
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British Empire, Bengal, South Asia, Bengali Regiment, Great War, Indian Army, India
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-103448ISBN: 9781443853965 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-103448DiVA: diva2:717793
Available from: 2014-05-17 Created: 2014-05-17 Last updated: 2017-05-15Bibliographically approved

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