India, officially the Indian Empire, declared war on Germany in September 1939. The Provinces of India (which included most of modern-day India and the present day Bangladesh, Pakistan and Myanmar), being imperial colonies of the United Kingdom, were by default a part of the Allies of World War II. Several Indian princely states provided large donations to the Allies to combat the threat of Nazism and Fascism (Wikipedia)
Two crew members of a Sherman tank of the Scinde Horse, part of the Indian 31st Armoured Division in Iraq, March 1944
Indian soldiers holding a Nazi flag which they had captured at Libyan Omar, December 1941
An Indian infantry section of the 2nd Battalion, 7th Rajput Regiment about to go on patrol on the Arakan front, Burma 1943
Indian troops move ammunition in very muddy conditions whilst on the road to Tamu in Burma
The British commander and Indian crew of a Sherman tank of the 9th Royal Deccan Horse, 255th Indian Tank Brigade, encounter a newly liberated elephant on the road to Meiktila, Burma 1945
Private Begum Pasha Shah of the WAC (1) on duty in the Orderly Room of an RAF station in India, August 1943
Indian women labourers, engaged in airfield construction work, pass mechanics working on a Royal Air Force Consolidated Liberator bomber at a base in Bengal. 1944
Indian and RAF ground crew, 1943
Indian technicians assembling cannon-firing Hurricanes
Squadron Leader Karun Krishna Majumdar was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross - the first to be awarded to an Indian Air Force officer - for the gallantry and leadership that he displayed while serving as the commanding officer of No 1 Squadron, Indian Air Force, during the retreat from Burma in 1942. He was subsequently awarded a Bar to the DFC in recognition of his courage and skill while serving as a tactical reconnaissance pilot with No 268 Squadron, Royal Air Force, during the liberation of France in 1944. Squadron Leader Majumdar was the only Indian Air Force officer to receive two DFCs during the Second World War
Chief Officer Margaret L Cooper, Deputy Director of the Women’s Royal Indian Naval Service (WRINS), with Second Officer Kalyani Sen, WRINS at Rosyth during their two month study visit to Britain, 3rd June 1945
Trainee mechanical engineers at work in the Royal Indian Navy’s shore establishment, HMIS TALWAR, near Bombay, 1941
Crew of HMIS ‘Narbada’ with blistered gun barrels following the bombardment of Myebon, Hunters Bay, Burma
Zavier Fernandez from Bombay was injured when the Russian convoy in which he was sailing was attacked. In hospital he underwent rehabilitation and in this photograph he was recovering the use of his fingers by working at strings on a frame
Workers at an Indian railway workshop now employed in the construction of armoured vehicles, 1942
Indian Air Force engineering officers under training at the Schools of Aeronautical Engineering, RAF Henlow, July 1943
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In 1939, Britain enforced a mandatory blackout due to the threat of enemy air strikes. Residents were made to hang thick curtains made of black cotton over their windows at night so that not even a twinkle of light could escape, and even car headlights were to be covered with small shades. Though these were frustrating times, homeowners came to like the privacy and peace blackout curtains provided, and decided to keep them up after the war was over.
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