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Neuve Chapelle: The Jullundur Brigade in France & Flanders, 1914-1915

Pushpindar Singh Chopra (Author)

The (8th) Jullundur Brigade of the (3rd) Lahore Division was perhaps unique in the fact that from 1912 to 1918, three of its constituent battalions were banded together, being the 1st Manchester Regiment, the 47th Sikhs and the 59th Scinde Rifles FF, which were to remain continuously in action from October 1914 till end of the Great War. The Indian Corps were amongst the earliest troops on the Western Front. The Jullundur Brigade went to war on 23rd October 1914 and fought at the First Battle of Ypres, Neuve Chapelle, Givenchy, capture of Neuve Chapelle, the second Ypres, Festubert and the Loos offensive. After some 15 months, when the Indian Corps were moved to another theatre of war in December 1915, the Jullundur Brigade, with the same three battalions, were committed in Mesopotamia and fought there throughout 1916 and 1917. In 1918 they were transferred to Palestine to take part in Allenby's final offensive.

These three battalions served together as part of the Jullundur Brigade for some seven years and the great friendship and liaison which existed between these three formations contributed largely to the magnificent reputation gained by the Brigade in war and peace. To commemorate this unique and splendid association, three identical centerpieces were ordered and each battalion thereafter received a trophy from the other two, perpetuating their relationship for all times. In 2014, or 100 years after outbreak of World War I the trophies remain proudly maintained by heirs of the three battalions, now respectively part of the British, Indian and Pakistan Armies.

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Bibliographic information

Title Neuve Chapelle: The Jullundur Brigade in France & Flanders, 1914-1915
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2014
Edition 2nd. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789382811060
length x+276p., Illustrations; Colour; Maps; 25cm.
Subjects History