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India and World War IIWar, Armed Forces, and Society, 1939–45$
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Kaushik Roy

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199463534

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199463534.001.0001

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India and World War II

Kaushik Roy

Oxford University Press

World War II remains the defining ‘event’ in modern world history. We are still being influenced by its ramifications. As far as the subcontinent is concerned, India’s manpower and financial resources enabled the British Empire in particular and the Allies in general to not only survive but also win against the Axis ­powers. The Indian troops fought from Hong Kong in the east up to Italy in the west, and the armed forces of independent India and Pakistan were forged in this struggle which some historians categorize as the ‘total war’....

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