Honouring the British Indian Army

London’s National Army Museum to exhibit artefacts of the colonial force

The Khanjar (knife) of Tipu Sultan of 1799, an 1840 painting of Skinner’s horse regiment, objects of silver and an extensive collection of uniforms are among a range of items of the British Indian Army in the collection of the National Army Museum in London. Over the next couple of years, a range of this collection will be exhibited in a new gallery, Museum Director Brig. Justin Maciejewski (retd)., said. On November 11, 1918 an armistice was signed between the Germans and the Allies, ending World War-I, also called the Great War. . Indian soldiers under the British Indian Army played a decisive role in several battles in many theatres across the globe. Underscoring that World War-I was a moment of shared history where the British Army and British Indian Army fought together, Brig. Maciejewski stated that the Museum wanted to use the centenary of the war to accelerate work on the project. November 11 or Armistice Day is observed as Remembrance Day to mark the sacrifices of the Great War. India Gate in the national capital has a memorial dedicated for the fallen Indian soldiers of WW-I, inscribed with over 72,000 names. The National Army Museum is working with the United Service Institution (USI) of India in this endeavour and is also exploring opportunities with other stakeholders.
Source :  https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/honouring-the-british-indian-army/article25152306.ece

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