India at war: a record and a review


India at war: a record and a review was published by the Ministry of Information as part of a series that aimed to tell the ‘British war story’.[1]

The pamphlet illuminates the Indian contribution to the war effort, and follows guidelines set out by a World War One press briefing, which instructed British journalists to acknowledge the military and financial effort received by Britain from the ruling Chiefs of India, including India's supply of food and war materials. In World War Two, some 2.5 million Asians fought against fascism in all theatres of war and on land, sea and air. Asians joined the Air Force as pilots and ground crew. Sailors kept lines of communication open. Many worked in factories, producing vital weapons and equipment. The Indian Army won many awards, including 31 Victoria Crosses.

Squadron leader Mahinder Singh Pujji, pictured here, joined the RAF in 1940 as a fighter pilot. He won the Distinguished Flying Cross for his missions in three theatres of war: Europe, North Africa and Burma.

[1] Ministry of Information Digital, ‘The Publishing History of the Ministry of Information’, [accessed 08/05/2017].

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India at war: a record and a review, 1939-1940
1940, London
Her Majesty's Stationery Office / Darling & Sons, Bacon Street, London E2
Book / Photograph / Image
Sir George Dunbar
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Crown Copyright
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British Library
P/V 1099

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