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'Martial Races of India': Rajput of the Indian Army, United Provinces, 1944 (c)

Photograph, World War Two, India, 1944 (c).

The 'martial race' was a designation created by officials of British India to describe peoples that were thought to be naturally warlike and aggressive in battle. The Rajputs, a high caste Hindu group from central and northern India, were one such group and the British recruited many of them into their armies.

From a collection of photographs taken to illustrate the races recruited into the Indian Army and the geographical areas in which they originated.

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NAM. 1987-07-2-8


National Army Museum, Out of Copyright


National Army Museum, Study collection

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