1900-1919 | India | Racism

General – ‘The Indian is simply not fit to lead his men’

31 January 1915 On 31 January 1915, despite the hideous casualty rate suffered by commissioned British officers in the trenches of the Western Front, General Sir James Wilcox commanding the India Corps, refused to appoint Indian officers to lead his soldiers. ‘The Indian,’ he explained, ‘is simply not fit to lead his men against Europeans….