Recruitment

Indian troops were recruited from the so-called ‘peasant martial races’, e.g. Sikhs, Pathans, Dogras, Jats and Rajputs, and Gurkhas from Nepal. This recruitment poster was produced with a blank strip at the bottom, so that each region could add text in their own language. Recruitment posters were less common in India than Britain as the recruitment campaign was conducted differently. India was still a largely rural society at this time and poster campaigns were more associated with urban areas.

Indian recruitment poster, c.1915 (Courtesy of the Imperial War Museum)

Indian recruitment poster, c.1915 (Courtesy of the Imperial War Museum)

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