Forgotten Men: Post-war memory of Indian Prisoners of War of the Japanese in World War Two
The fate of 67,000 Indian troops of the British Indian Army taken prisoner in the Far East by the Japanese, has been a neglected subject in the historiography of the Second World War. Compared to their British and Australian counterparts, there has been comparatively little material published on the experiences of Indian prisoners, with what there is dominated by the formation and activities of the Japanese-sponsored Indian National Army (INA), created to help secure Indian independence from British rule.
The research will investigate what factors shaped the post-war memory of Indian Prisoners of War, and how this portrayal is supported or challenged by new or previously underused sources. A key theme will be how the memory of Indian prisoners was affected by the cooperation of some with the Japanese.
Previous conference talks:
Captivity and internment across the Far East during the Second World War, Institute of Historical Research, London, 10 June 2019
Forgotten Men: Memory and Remembrance of Indian Prisoners of War of the Japanese during World War Two
Armageddon: The Second World War in Comparative Perspective, Annual Conference of the Second World War Research Group, University of Wolverhampton, 13-14 June 2019
"Trusted Men": Post-war memory of a Japanese intelligence failure in India during World War Two
The 2019 History of War Conference, All Souls College, Oxford, March 2019