A photo exhibition showcasing the contribution of Indian soldiers in World War I will be held in conjunction with Armistice Day (November 12) which is marked across the world with Remembrance functions. In The Hague, the Embassy of India will host a Commonwealth Remembrance Day service at the Westdiun Cemetery on behalf of the Commonwealth countries to honour the sacrifices of Commonwealth forces in the First and Second World Wars.
It is a little-known fact that the forces of undivided India played a significant part in the First World War. By one estimate, every sixth soldier sent into the War by the British empire was from the Indian subcontinent. The photo exhibition remembers the Indian soldiers who were killed and wounded in one of the deadliest conflicts in human history and pays tribute to the courage and sacrifice of these soldiers. The photographs narrate the war experiences of the Indian soldiers and also includes photos of newspaper articles, postcards, comics and works of art by the Indian soldiers.
Over 74,000 Indian soldiers lost their lives in World War I in which approximately 1.1 million Indian soldiers participated. India provided Britain with a volunteer army equal in numbers to the combined forces contributed by the dominions of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The Indian troops fought valiantly on the Western Front as well as in German East Africa, Mesopotamia (now Iraq), Egypt, Palestine and Gallipoli (Turkey).