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WWI memorial, museum will be set up in Delhi

2014 marked the centenary of the commencement of the Great War/World War I (WWI), fought from 28 July 1914 till 11 November 1918. Of the almost 1.5 million Indian troops on the rolls of the Indian Army then, 13,81,050, who fought in all theatres of this war, were the decisive factor leading to the Allied victory. While the Indian Army since its inception 256 years ago, has had a splendid and unsurpassed record of acquitting itself in every theatre, both in war and peace, it was the WWI which established its reputation globally as a very professional, disciplined and fearless fighting force, acknowledged by both allies and adversaries. In ceremonies held in the UK, France, Belgium, Turkey and Australia, in 2014 alone, praise has been showered on Indian Army’s exploits. More events have been planned till November 2018. Preceding the outbreak of WWI in 1914, the political consensus building up between Indian leaders was that if India desired greater responsibility and political autonomy…

WW-I exhibition extended till Mar 25 on PM's advice

An Army exhibition commemorating the World War I, in which at least 74,187 Indian soldiers died in action, has been extended till March 25 on the direction of Prime MinisterModi, who was impressed with it and wanted Parliamentarians and schoolchildren to see it. 

"We salute the sacrifice of each and every Indian soldier martyred in the war," the Prime Minister had said yesterday after visiting the exhibition, themed 'and World War I', at the Manekshaw Centre in the Cantonment area here. 

Army officials said the exhibition, which began on March 10 and was to end by March 15, has now been extended to March 25 on directions of Modi with March 18-20 being reserved for Parliamentarians. 

An official release yesterday quoted Modi as saying that the exhibition "brings alive the participation and bravery of Indian soldiers in various battlefields of this war across Europe, and Asia". 

Modi said he was touched to meet the descendants of some …

World War I Role of India exhibition

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First World War weapons and helmets at Redbridge Museum's First World War exhibition Redbridge Museum has unveiled Redbridge and the First World War – An Exhibition, a display which has been in the works for most of the year.
First World War uniform from India on display with a rifle at Redbridge Museum's First World War exhibition

Forces remember WW-I martyrs

NEW DELHI: The armed forces have kicked off a week-long commemoration of the centenary of World War-I, which saw over 74,000 Indian soldiers laying down their lives in battlefields spreading from Sonne and Flanders in France to Gallipoli and Canakkale in Turkey. 

President Pranab Mukherjee, accompanied by defence minister Manohar Parrikar, three Service chiefs and diplomatic heads of several nations involved in World War-I from 1914 to 1918, laid wreaths at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate on Monday. It came on the eve of the centenary of the battle of Neuve Chapple, which saw the maximum number of Indian soldiers being martyred. 

"On the centenary commemoration of World War-I, I join my fellow countrymen in paying homage to the brave and valiant sons of Mother India, who laid down their lives in the line of duty. I am sure that our great nation will continue to draw inspiration from the sacrifice of these bravehearts," said Mukherjee. 

A major exhibition, with war memorabili…

Exhibition to pay tribute to Indian heroes of World War I

New Delhi: Compelling photographs and rare objects used by Indian soldiers which shed light on their bravery and sacrifice during World War I will be on display at an exhibition here to honour them in the centenary year of the Great War. The exhibition “India And the First World War” from January 13 to February 10 will also have a separate section showcasing the actual uniform, turban and other memorabilia used by the Indian soldiers 100 years ago.   The images for the exhibition have been sourced from all over the world primarily from Imperial War Museum, British Library, London, French Military Archives, Flanders Museum, Belgium and many other private collections internationally.   Besides, there will also be a section featuring sound recordings and silent movies of the Indian soldiers made between 1914 and 1918. The exhibition has been organised jointly by Roli Books, Embassy of France in India, and Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA).
When the Great War came to a hea…

WW-I expo to bring subcontinent together; opens in Delhi tomorrow

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A cannon that would be part of exhibits on display
The centenary commemorations of World War-I (1914-18) will showcase the subcontinental heritage of what was once British India -- now divided into countries, separated in some cases by hostile borders. A five-day exhibition to mark 100 years of the war opens at the Manekshaw Convention Centre in Delhi Cantonment on March 10.
It will showcase the role of men from the subcontinent -- India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh -- in fighting the war in faraway Europe, Africa and West Asia. Organised by the Indian Army, the commemoration will be a mark of respect to all those who died, irrespective of which modern-day country their progeny now live in.
On March 9, a day before the exhibition opens, an event will create a history of sorts. President Pranab Mukherjee will lay a wreath at the India Gate.
Joining him in honouring the martyrs will be diplomats from  Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, UK and  France.
 It will be probably for the first …