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Chapter 5: Move to France
Not long after the Indian Legion's arrival in France the process of "Indianisation" within the unit made a significant step forward with the appointment of the first Indians as commissioned officers. At a ceremony held at the regimental headquarters in Lacanau-Ville on 1st October 1943, the twelve chosen men received their written commissions and badges of the rank of Leutnant from Generalleutnant Felix Schwalbe, the commanding officer of the 344. I.D., who handed them their parchment Ernennungsurkunden (Certificates of appointment).
Newly promoted Leutnant Sant Singh in his immaculate new uniform, complete with dress dagger, 1943. (Peter Krappe Collection)
What others say about the book:
"a most valuable and timely contribution to the literature of the war ... does much to redress the tabloid version of the Second World War the world has accepted"
Mihir Bose, Author, Journalist, Broadcaster, former BBC Edito and Biographer of Subhas Chandra Bose.
"A priori we never really know what will lead to success: When all is said and done, the attempt to set up an Indian Legion certainly seemed a worthwhile effort for the Indian side and, for probably other reasons, for the various German actors, as well. I sincerely hope that this book will be of interest to many people concerned with the topic of Indo-German relations in a historic perspective and with this little-known part of British colonial history. "
Prof. Dr. Anita B. Pfaff, daughter of
Subhas Chandra Bose.