Australian jungle warfare advisors to the Indian Army in World War Two

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, Aug 2005, Toowoomba, Australia.

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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.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2012 06:57
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2015 01:35
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australian military; Indian Army; raj; jungle warfare
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160607 International Relations
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160604 Defence Studies
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210302 Asian History
Socio-Economic Objective: A Defence > 81 Defence > 8101 Defence > 810102 Army
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australia's Past

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