Presented by the Women of Bombay Presidency, this postcard was used to raise funds and support the British and Indian troops fighting in Mesopotamia (modern Iraq) against Turkish forces in World War I.
World War I
Hundreds of thousands of soldiers from India were recruited to fight with the Allied armies in Europe, Africa and Mesopotamia during World War I, and most passed through Bombay on their way to the front.
A rare surviving postcard from the Indian Expeditionary Force, the troops sent to fight with the Allies in Europe during World War I. It is addressed in Urdu to “M.
A British fighter plane, called "Rawalpindi" and named after the 29th Punjab regiment, brought down in apparently excellent condition by German forces during World War I.
Prisoners, many of whom would have been from India, lining up at the German prisoner of war camp in Munster.
During the first World War, the Germans held their captives at a number of camps, and Muslims in particular would find themselves at Zossen-Wunsdorf not far from Berlin.
A candid image of Indian troops in Ashurst, Hampshire, England unpacking their kit most likely before being sent to the war front in Europe during World War I.
Note the hookah on the ground, next to the soldier unraveling his turban, a sight for French spectators captured here on a postcard.
[Original caption] L'Armee de l'Inde – La Coiffure de l'Hindou