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

TitleWomen at War: Subhas Chandra Bose and the Rani of Jhansi Regiment
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsHildebrand, Vera
Number of Pages321
PublisherHarper Collins Publishers India
CityNoida, Uttar Pradesh

Among the more improbable events of the Asia-Pacific Theater in World War II was the creation of a corps of female Indian combat soldiers, the Rani of Jhansi Regiment (RJR), in Singapore in July 1943. They served under Indian freedom fighter, Subhas Chandra Bose, in the Indian National Army. Because the creation of an Indian all-female regiment of combat soldiers was a radical military innovation in 1943, and because the role of women in today's broader context of Indian culture has become a prevalent and pressing issue, the extensive testimony of the surviving veterans of this unit is timely and urgent. The history of these brave women soldiers is little known, and their extraordinary service and the role played by Bose remains largely unexplored.

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