Review of the Military co-operation of the Self-Governing Dominions and of India
This document gives a broad overview of the involvement of troops from different self-governing dominions, including India, in different theatres of the First World War. It addresses similar themes to those listed in the document CAB 24/7/52, however, given that it details the involvement of various countries, it is less detailed in accounting for each individual country’s involvement. It would be useful for someone looking for a distilled understanding of India’s military contribution to the war. The document also contains the Commission’s recommendations on the number of troops to be requested for the future.
The document recommends that white personnel should be replaced by Indians for labour work like that on transport. For instance, it is suggested that native mechanics should be enlisted for service in Mesopotamia and Egypt so that ‘skilled Europeans’ could serve in Europe. As scholars have shown, in a policy known as Indianization, Indian troops were deployed to relieve British forces from the Middle East and Egypt, so that the latter could serve in France.
The supply of raw materials and manufactured articles from the country which have been used so far and could be used in the future are also addressed in this document.