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The motivation of Indian Muslim troops in the British army 1914

The motivation of Indian Muslim troops in the British army 1914
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  • The motivation of Indian Muslim troops in the British army 1914
  • Duration: 03:23
  • The grandson of an Indian Muslim soldier describes how his grandfather was awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery while fighting in the British Army in France in 1914, the opening stages of the First World War. Muslim troops were often from soldiering families and their values of honour and bravery matched closely with the British sense of loyalty to a regiment. These family traditions also had an economic basis. A solider's pay would often keep his family fed and clothed back in India.
  • Credits: Imperial War Museum
  • Subject:

    History

       Topic:

    Slavery

  • Keywords: Muslim, Indian, soldier, First World War
Ideas for use in class
  • Why is it so difficult to say whether honour or pay was a more important motivating factor for the Muslim troops in the British Amry?
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  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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