Saturday, December 25, 2010
Waves of paratroopers landing in Holland during operations by the 1st Allied Airborne Army. September 1944.
Hello ; a very merry Christmas to one and all. I am surprised that I have managed such a large Dutch audience!!! Strange-----.So let me feed some facts to my Dutch friends. Over two and a half million Indian men volunteered for service, producing the largest volunteer army in history. Many fought against the Japanese in Burma, but Indian soldiers also served in North and East Africa, Italy and Greece. The Royal Indian Air Force (RIAF) fought against the Japanese, while Royal Indian Navy ships fought in the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean.During the war the British Empire and Dominions raised a total of 8,586,000 men for military service. More than 5 million came from the British Isles, 1,440,500 from India, 629,000 from Canada, 413,000 from Australia, 136,000 from South Africa, 128,500 from New Zealand and more than 134,000 from other colonies. There were around 40,000 Indian servicemen in the British Merchant Navy.