Far From the Western Front

South Asian Stories of the First World War

Between 1914 and 1921, over 1.5 million South Asians served alongside the British Army, as soldiers and non-combatants. Millions more stayed at home, where the war meant that women and children gained new opportunities and had to deal with new challenges.

This video shows the journeys of a few of those people. You can find out more about where they went, why, and what happened when they got there here.

Or search our South Asian timeline of the First World War to explore themes, common features and diversity in the First World War.

Far From the Western Front

South Asian Stories of the First World War

Between 1914 and 1921, over 1.5 million South Asians served alongside the British Army, as soldiers and non-combatants. Millions more stayed at home, where the war meant that women and children gained new opportunities and had to deal with new challenges.

This video shows the journeys of a few of those people. You can find out more about where they went, why, and what happened when they got there here.

Or search our South Asian timeline of the First World War to explore themes, common features and diversity in the First World War.

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