Indian Cavalry Corps

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Lt. Gen. Rimington, commander of the Indian Cavalry Corps, riding with Sajjan Singh, the Maharaja of Ratlam, and Sir Partab Singh. Linghem, France, 28 July 1915

The Indian Cavalry Corps was a formation of the British Indian Army in World War I. It was formed in France in December 1914. It remained in France until March 1916, when it was broken up.[1] The corps consisted of the 1st Indian Cavalry Division and the 2nd Indian Cavalry Division, and together with the Indian Corps formed Indian Expeditionary Force A.[2]

The high number of officer casualties suffered early on had an effect on its later performance. British officers that understood the language, customs, and psychology of their men could not be quickly replaced, and the alien environment of the Western Front had some effect on the soldiers.[3]

Hew Fanshawe, from the 19th Hussars, commanded the 2nd Indian Cavalry Division in 1914. He was head of V Corps from 1915 to 1916.[4]

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  1. ^ Baker, Chris. "The British Corps of 1914-1918". Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  2. ^ Sumner, Konstam, Chappell, p.5
  3. ^ Haythornthwaite P.J. (1992). The World War One Sourcebook, Arms and Armour Press.
  4. ^ Badsey, Stephen (2008). Doctrine and Reform in the British Cavalry 1880-1918. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. p. 261. ISBN 978-0-7546-6467-3. 

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