Staplehurst, 1st ed., 1999. Xiv + 274 pp., 16 photo-plates + 9 maps. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. Four days after declaration of the war in 1914, an Indian corps of two infantry divisions and a cavalry brigade was ordered to mobilise and embark for the Western Front to support the outnumbered BEF. Commanded by their British officers in a cause that was not their own and clad only in tropical uniforms, the men endured one of the bitterest winters Europe had known, and they remained in France and Belgium until being re-deployed to Mesopotamia in November 1915. They fought in all the major battles of 1914 and 1915 but have rarely been given due credit. This book, drawing on a mass of unpublished sources and extensive interviews, tells the story of that Indian Corps. It describes and explains their battles, their trials and tribulations and how they dealt with the many difficulties they faced as an army trained and equipped for skirmishes on the Indian frontiers.