Women at War: Subhas Chandra Bose and the Rani of Jhansi Regiment

Women at War: Subhas Chandra Bose and the Rani of Jhansi Regiment

ISBN: 9352640683, 1682473155 | 2016 | EPUB | 328 Pages | 4 MB

I want a unit of brave Indian women to form a Death-defying Regiment who will wield the sword which the brave Rani of Jhansi wielded in India s First War of Independence in 1857.' ? Subhas Chandra Bose The Rani of Jhansi Regiment (RJR), the first all-female infantry fighting unit in military history, was created in Singapore in July 1943 by Indian nationalist and visionary leader Subhas Chandra Bose to liberate India from British colonial oppression. His young recruits were girls from Indian families of the diasporas in Singapore, Malaya and Burma, and consisted entirely of civilian volunteers lacking any prior military training. These soldiers, deployed to the steamy jungles of Burma during the last two years of World War II, were determined to follow their commander to victory. Seven decades later, their history has been forgotten, their service and the role played by Bose himself having remained largely unexplored. Through in-depth interviews with the surviving Ranis in their eighties and nineties and meticulous archival research, historian Vera Hildebrand has uncovered extensive new evidence that separates the myth of the Bengali hero and his jungle warrior maidens from historical fact. The result is a wholly fresh perspective on the remarkable women of the RJR and their place in Indian and world history. The truth is every bit as impressive as the myth.

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