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Date(s) - 11/11/2014 - 23/11/2014
6:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Victoria Memorial Hall


On the occasion of the commemoration of the centenary of outbreak of the First World War (1914-2014), the Alliance française du Bengale and the Victoria Memorial Hall invite you to the exhibition of photographs “War and Colonies“.

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With 35 rare photographs of colonial troops (African, North African, Irish, Indian and Indo-Chinese soldiers) during the Great War, the exhibition brings to focus the relationships between the protagonists of this conflict and their colonies. It will shed a new light on a part of history that is often overlooked.

The conflict had special relevance to the Indian subcontinent as Britain, the ruling colonial power mobilised 1.5 million Indian soldiers during the war, of whom about 90,000 were killed. Some 150,000 Indian soldiers were deployed in Europe from September 1914. The overwhelming majority of Indian troops, however, fought in Mesopotamia against the Ottoman Empire.