On the outbreak of the War in 1914, the Indian Army was comprised of 39 Cavalry Regiments and 112 Infantry Regiments. Most infantry regiments were single battalion units but as the War progressed, the need for expansion led to the raising of second battalions for many of the regiments. All these regiments and war-raised battalions had distinct badges that adorned the uniforms of officers and men. The badges that survive today are a strong link with the military history of each unit of that bygone era. The badges include pagri and cap badges, shoulder titles and badges worn on crossbelts, pouches and other accoutrements. We have showcased a few examples of these badges.



  • About Us

    The Joint USI-MEA Centenary Commemoration project highlights the oft-forgotten role of India in the First World War and commemorates those soldiers who served during the War. The project is aimed at exploring India’s engagement in the war from a variety of perspectives.
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