Gehrmann, Richard (2005) Australian jungle warfare advisors to the Indian Army in World War Two. In: War and Memory: A Multidisciplinary Conference to Mark the 60th Anniversary of the End of World War Two, August 2005, University of Southern Queensland.
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While India and Australia both share membership of the Commonwealth, in the popular imagination the relationship between the two countries has been closer in terms of cricket than in military activities. However, a wide range of close military links existed in the period between the 1880s and Indian Independence in 1947, with several thousand Australian service personnel serving in India both in peace and in war. By 1943 Australian success against the Japanese in New Guinea had lead to calls for those with expertise in jungle warfare to be sent to India to help train the Indian Army for their forthcoming campaign to retake Burma. Among those sent was a Toowoomba man, Major (latter Lieutenant Colonel) William Parry-Okeden DSO MID. This paper will discuss his secondment to India Command and his often surprising observations of conditions in British India and of the Indian Army at war. His experiences, and the experiences of other officers, provide us with fresh insights into a neglected period of Australian military history.
|Item Type:||Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)|
|Additional Information:||USQ publication.|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Australian military, Indian Army, Raj, jungle warfare|
|Depositing User:||Mr Richard Gehrmann|
|Date Deposited:||13 Sep 2012 06:57|
|Last Modified:||03 Jul 2013 01:28|
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