Ypres monument

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Monday, June 12, 2006 (CST)
Unveiling of the monument for Indian soldiers fallen in Belgium during the First World War (Hollebeke, Belgium, 3 April 1999)

Over 138,000 Indian troops fought in Belgium and France during World War I, many of them Sikhs. More than one quarter of these soldiers would became casualties.
In the first battle of Ypres at Flanders in 1914 a platoon of Dogra Sikhs died fighting to the last man, who shot himself with his last cartridge rather than surrender.


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