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India was the jewel in the crown of the British Empire. As well as spices, jewels and textiles, India had a huge population. Soldiering was an honourable tradition in India and the British capitalised on this. They regimented India’s manpower as the backbone of their military power. Indian troops helped the British control their empire, and they played a key role in fighting for Britain right up to the 20th century.
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20 April 2012

Classroom Ideas

Students could create a recruitment poster for the Indian Army in which they explain the important role that Indian soldiers have played in supporting the British Empire.

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