British Indian Army

British Indian Army

British Indian Army

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See Indian Army for the post-independence (and post-partition) army of the Republic of India and Pakistan Army for the post-independence army of Pakistan. For the armies of the East India Company prior to 1857, see Presidency armies.


The British Indian Army was the principal army of the British Raj in India before the partition of India in 1947. It was not designated as the British Indian Army but as the Indian Army and when used within an article or a book which has a clear historical context is often referred to as the Indian Army. During the days of British rule, the Indian Army proved a very crucial adjunct to British forces not only in India but also in other places, particularly during the First and Second World Wars.

In India, it was responsible for the defence of the regions of direct British governance (the Provinces of India, or, collectively, British India) as well as of those under British suzerainty (the Princely States).

The first army officially called the "Indian Army" was raised by the government of India in 1895, existing alongside the three long-established presidency armies (the Bengal Army, the Madras Army and the Bombay Army) of the......
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