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28 October 1914

The first Indian Army soldiers arrive on the battlefields of France, and the infantry of the 9th Bhopal Regiment find themselves on the front line.

by Michael Chaplin.

Series created by Jonathan Ruffle.

Meticulously based on unit war diaries and eye-witness accounts, each episode of TOMMIES traces one real day at war, exactly 100 years ago.

Through it all, we'll follow the fortunes of Mickey Bliss and his fellow signallers, from the Lahore Division of the British Indian Army. They are the cogs in an immense machine, one which connects situations across the whole theatre of the war, over four long years.

Indira Varma, Danny Rahim and Nicholas Farrell star in this story, as the first Indian Army soldiers arrive on the battlefields of France, and the under-equipped infantry of the 9th Bhopal Regiment find themselves on the front line at the first battle of Neuve Chapelle.

Producers: David Hunter, Jonquil Panting, Jonathan Ruffle
Director: Nandita Ghose.

45 minutes

Last on

Sat 23 Jun 2018 21:00

Credits

Role Contributor
Mickey Bliss Lee Ross
Ahmadullah Khan Danny Rahim
Pavan Jodha Rudi Dharmalingam
Lt Colonel Dobbie Nicholas Farrell
Commentator Indira Varma
Hector Monkhouse Clive Hayward
Sowar Alam Sher Sagar Radia
Havildar Mishra Jassa Ahluwalia
Captain Wilson Sam Valentine
Captain Jamieson Mark Edel-Hunt
Sir John French David Cann
Producer David Hunter
Producer Jonquil Panting
Producer Jonathan Ruffle
Director Nandita Ghose
Writer Michael Chaplin

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