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The Army In India In Mesopotamia From 1916 To 1918: Tactics, Technology And Logistics Reconsidered

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The Great War or the First World War was the world?s first ?Total War?. The main focus of academic military history since the last decade has been on war and society approach which highlights the impact of social changes on military organizations. And in recent times, the fashion is to go for cultural studies of the military. In 1914, the Army in India, which was preparing mostly for a possible war in Afghanistan and an extensive counter-insurgency operation in South Asia, was sent to fight the Great War. Three inter- related aspects which generate military power: hardware, tactics and supply, are considered in this chapter. The objective of the chapter is to assess what the shortcomings of the Army in India were, its reaction from the institutional point of view and how far it was able to overcome the limitations.

Keywords: Great War; Indian Army; Mesopotamia; tactics



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