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Indian cavalrymen playing cards, France, during World War I . A group of soldiers from the Indian Army are standing watching four of their friends playing cards on a wooden crate. One of the card players is wearing spurs, indicating that these are cavalrymen. In the background other men are sitting in a makeshift shelter made of a tarpaulin over posts. In 1914 India was part of the British Empire and was a natural source of troops. Two infantry divisions and cavalry were taken to the Western Front in October 1914. They were involved in much of the worst fighting in 1914-1915. After 1915 the infantry were transferred to Mesopotamia but two cavalry divisions remained in France until 1918. [Original reads: ‘OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN ON THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT IN FRANCE. Indians in France. An Eastern scene by the roadside.’] digital.nls.uk/74548820

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About Kate Lindsay

Kate Lindsay, University of Oxford is the Director of World War One Centenary: Continuations and Beginnings. She is also the Manager for Education Enhancement at Academic IT where she also led the First World War Poetry Digital Archive and public engagement initiative Great War Archive. She has eight years experience of in-depth work on World War I digital archives and educational curricula. Kate has a degree in English Literature from the University of Leeds, combined with an MSc in Information Systems from the University for Sheffield, and an MSc in Educational Research from the University of Oxford. She is particularly interested in womens' experience of War and the representation of the First World War in popular culture.
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