Fidelity and Honour - The Indian Army

Fidelity and Honour - The Indian Army

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Author: Lt General S L Menezes
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2001
Language: English
Pages: 701
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195650476


This fascinating book is a very well-researched and documented record of the Indian army's evolution and performance over the last 350 years.

This book is an objective and well-researched account of the growth and development of the Indian Army from its inception during the days of the East India Company to its present status as one of the armies in the world. Major landmarks, such as the 1857 uprising- a topic that has attracted considerable scholarly debate- and the unification of the three Presidency armies of Bengal, Bombay and Madras in 1895, are dwelt upon at length. A postscript discusses the May 1998 nuclear tests by India and the formation of the National Security Council. This impression is updated to include a the Executive summary of the Kargil review Committee Report.


A fair and sober statement of the development…a remarkable institution. A serious student of the Indian army will almost certainly learn something new from it.’
-Philip Mason, ‘The Indian Army Association Journal’

‘The fascination of [this] book is that it is the first scholarly work written on the Indian Army from within its ranks.’
-John Keegan, ‘The Times Literary Supplement’

…a very well-researched and documented record of the Indian army’s evolution and performance over the last 350 years…In all a must for all military institutions and those dealing with national security.
-Lt. Gen. Satish Nambiar, India Today


List of Abbreviations

Early Beginnings

The Presidency Armies In War Before 1857

Some Alleged Mutinies In the Three Presidency Armies Before 1857

Civil Disturbances And The Use Of Troops In Aid Of The Civil Power
Before 1857

The 1857 Uprising And Its Prelude

The Presidency Armies Under The Crown And Their Unification (1858-1895)

The Kitchener Era And The Kitchener-Curzon Dispute

The Indian Army In the First World War

Political Movements And the Indian Army in The first World War

The Myth Of The Martial Race Dogma

Indianization And The Indian Army Between The World Wars

The War Years (1939-1945)

The ‘Indian National Army’ (INA) Or The Azad Hind Fauj

Partition, Independence And the Accession Of States

Post-independence-The Nehru Years

The Post-Nehru Years



Appendices 1 to 7
Appendix 8- Executive Summary of the Kargil review Committee Report
Sketch Map of the Area of Intrusion 1999
Notes And References
Select Bibliography