The Sikhs are a warrior class who have borne arms for centuries. Initially they fought for the Khalsa armies before they were recruited in large numbers (due to their famed fighting qualities) for the British Indian Army regiments, where they distinguished themselves in the battles and campaigns of both the world wars and elsewhere. After Partition of the subcontinent in August 1947, most of these units went to Pakistan; some of them were merged to form new entities while many others were demobilised. The author has lucidly encapsulated the histories of these regiments and highlighted their contribution in warfare for future generations. Researching the histories of so many regiments was a very onerous task indeed, but he has traced the journey from their raising till their eventual transfer to Pakistan in detail. This treatise will surely be of immense interest to those interested in military history. In bringing out this volume, Narindar Singh Dhesi has ensured that these great Sikh regiments will never be forgotten‘!
SIKH SOLDIERS Forgotten Regiments
The Forgotten Regiments‘ is the sixth volume of the series on the Sikh Soldier by Narindar Singh Dhesi. In the regiments of the Indian Army, the Sikh Soldier fought in the majority of the Battles of the British Empire and went on to fight in the trenches of France and Flanders to the sands of the African Sahara, from the deserts of the Middle East to the steaming jungles of Burma. The reputation of the Sikh soldier as the premier colonial soldier was so great that from the outset the colonial administrators insisted that Sikhs must be supplied to them for the paramilitary policing needs of the colonial forces.