Indian Voices of the Great War. Soldiers’ Letters, 1914–18 – David Omissi

Indian Voices of the Great War: Soldiers’ Letters, 1914–18 – David Omissi
Palgrave Macmillan | 1999 | PDF

Indian soldiers served in France from 1914 to 1918. This book is a selection of their letters. By turns poignant, funny, and almost unbearably moving, these documents vividly evoke the world of the Western Front — as seen through ‘subaltern’ Indian eyes. The letters also bear eloquent witness to the sepoys’ often unsettling encounter with Europe, and with European culture. This book helps to map the imaginative landscape of South Asia’s warrior-peasant communities.