Indian Cavalry Officer 1914-15 - Roly GrimshawTunbridge Wells: Costello, 1986, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Includes: Black & white photographs; Maps; Appendices (2);
From the cover: “The First World War is full of stories of immense and unacknowledged heroism, of devotion above and beyond the call of duty and of extraordinary endurance and sacrifice. Perhaps nowhere are these qualities better exemplified than in the story of the Indian Army Corps on the Western Front between 1914 and 1915.
Captain Grimshaw began his diary on the day war was declared. A distant spectator of the initial stages of the war, he arrived in France with his regiment in October 1914 just in time to stop the gap at Ypres. He chronicles how, in dreadful weather conditions and at appalling cost of life, his sowars (troopers) provided the catalyst which turned the tide of the battle. Later wounded leading a hopeless frontal attack, he never recovered sufficiently to return to the trenches.
Ram Singh’s experiences provide an interesting commentary on Grimshaw’s narrative and vice versa. Compiled by Grimshaw from the reminiscences of various N.C.O.s and Indian officers, it throws a fascinating light on their reactions to customs and events totally alien to their previous experiences and shows how extremely versatile they were. Finally there is a short piece by .Grimshaw describing a typical day at a Cavalry depot in India, training replacements for the Indian Cavalry Corps.
These narratives provide an unusual sidelight on the relationships of British officers and Indian soldiers in native regiments and a new perspective on the military system in the British Raj of that period. Illustrated with many unusual photographs and with a detailed map, this is an invaluable addition to the literature on the period and will be of great interest to anybody concerned with either the Western Front or the Indian Army.”