'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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