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The Bravest of the Brave: The Extraordinary Story of Indian VCs of World War I
The Bravest of the Brave: The Extraordinary Story of Indian VCs of World War I

The Bravest of the Brave: The Extraordinary Story of Indian VCs of World War I

by Maj Gen Ian Cardozo

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9789385936241 - Year: 2016 - Pages: 118



Maj Gen Ian Cardozo
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Author: Maj Gen Ian Cardozo
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Year: 2016
Language: English
Pages: 118
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9789385936241


In an age of irony, Napoleon Bonaparte once said, ‘A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon. ‘Choosing to turn that somewhat backhanded salute on its head, Ian Cardozo translates it to, ‘For the (Indian) soldier, the profession of arms was the most honorable profession and to him at made no difference whether the fighting was in India or across the seas. What mattered to him was honor and good leadership.’

For who can better tell a soldier’s tale than another soldier? In this long –awaited but unsentimental resurrection of our dimly remembers heroes, Cardozo tells us the story of the revered Victoria cross of our erstwhile rulers and how hard their Indian subjects fought to make it theirs.

Indian soldiers had rallied bravely before to many a skirmish outside their frontiers, but never with as much conviction and in stellar numbers than in the greatest of them all-the First World War. Some of the compulsion to fight, fiercely and loyally, and most-times with tragic consequences to themselves, was to earn the respect of-and consequent independence from-the Raj.

Which it did… in time. But the first and foremost result was the laurel bestowed by the VC, on the soldier without a recognized name or nationality, for fearless bravery in another's battle.

In this larger story, Cardozo recounts the events that saw the first and only 11 Indian bearers of the Victoria Cross, at the same time giving a nod to the 'enemy' soldier wherever it was due.

For every soldier-yours, mine, theirs-is also an officer and a gentleman.




1. Introduction
2. The Victoria Cross
3. Overview of the World War I and India’s Participation in the War
4. Sepoy Khuda Dad Khan, VC 129th DCO Baluch Infantry
5. Darwan Singh Negi 1/39th Garhwal Rifles
6. Rifleman Gabbar Singh Negi, VC (Posthumous) 2/39th Garhwal Rifles
7. Jemadar (later Subedar) Mir Dast, VC, IOM 1/55th Coke’s Rifles (FF), Attached to 57th Wilde’s Rifles (FF)
8. Kulbir Thapa 2nd Battalion the 3rd Gurkha Rifles
9. Sepoy Chatta Singh, VC 1/9th Bhopal Infantry
10. Lance Naik Lala (Later Subedar)VC 41th Dogras
11. Naik Shahmad Khan VC 1/89th Punjabis
12. Lance Dafadar Gobind Singh VC 28th Light Cavalry attached to 2nd Lancers
13. Rifleman Karanbahadur Rana VC 2nd Battalion, 3rd Gurkha Rifles
14. Ressaidae Badlu Singh VC (Posthumous) 14th Murry’s Jat Lancers, Attached 29th Lancers
15. Conclusion

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