Rights : Little, Brown (UKCxC), Basis Books (NA)
Published in North America as Army of Empire: The Untold Story of the Indian Army in World War I
"Revelatory . . . fluent and colourful . . . This book describes the war as a worldwide conflict involving a million Indian soldiers [and] shows how crucial they were to Allied success"
Andrew Lycett, Daily Telegraph
"An outstanding book that brings to life the experiences of Indian soldiers in all of the theatres of WWI, from German colonies in China and Africa to the Middle East and the Western Front. Thoroughly researched and engagingly written, George Morton-Jack restores the Indian Army to its rightful place in the history of the Great War"
Eugene Rogan, author of The Fall of the Ottomans
"The Indian Army's role in World War I is perhaps the least understood dimension of that global conflict. Although the centenary of the war sparked off some interest in the stories of these soldiers, there has been no sustained examination of their experiences. Army of Empire fills this void in our historical understanding admirably and comprehensively. Widely researched and vividly written, George Morton-Jack's account of the Indian Army's crucial contribution to the Allied victory is unlikely to be surpassed any time soon"
Srinath Raghavan, author of India’s War
"Fascinating . . . George Morton-Jack writes with the compassionate heart of a poet and the cold eye of a historian seeing the vast canvas of the ages. We owe him gratitude for bringing light to a deserving but neglected part of world history; those of us with an interest in South Asia are forever indebted to him"
Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic studies, American University
"Absorbing and welcome . . . explores a remarkably diverse fighting force of 1.5 million men of all castes and creeds . . . This book is a fitting testament to the sacrifices they made"
A brilliantly original history of the First World War, re-tracing the footsteps of the Indian Army's 1.5 million men who in 1914-18 served about the globe from Europe to Africa, Asia and the Indian Ocean.
While the First World War has been best known for trenches, Tommies and war horses on the western front, and more widely for the Australians at Gallipoli or Lawrence of Arabia, the astonishing story of Britain's Asian great connection of 1914-18 has been neglected: the 1.5 million men of the Indian Army. Extraordinarily, this book is the first single narrative of their remarkably global war as Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs of Britain's Indian Empire, fighting for the Allies against the Central Powers in the mud of Flanders, the steaming jungles of Africa and the baking deserts of the Islamic world.
The Indian Empire at War is a re-telling of the First World War like never before, finding the Indian Army's true place at the heart of its global events - from 1914's German invasion of France and the Sultan of Turkey's jihad summoning all Muslims to holy war on the British, to 1918's Allied victory over the Germans and the Turks in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Using previously unpublished veteran interviews, George Morton-Jack re-traces the Indian soldiers' footsteps across the continents, revealing their dangerous missions as secret agents, their eye-opening discoveries of foreign cultures and their heart-breaking ordeals as prisoners of war - as well as exploring how they came home with fresh hopes for their families and their country, playing their part in the story of Indian Independence.