The British hold over the Indian Army was born of strategic calculations; the army was the most powerful weapon in Asia at Britain's disposal, and its huge manpower enabled Britain to punch above its weight on the world stage during the conflict. The British government attempted to limit the numbers of commissions granted to Indian officers, but the demands of war and the mass mobilisation of India to fight the Axis powers meant that by 1945, the numbers of officers leading Indian companies and regiments had dramatically expanded.


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