The 89th Punjabis had a most distinguished record of service during the First World War. They have the unique distinction of claiming to have served in more theatres of war than any other unit of the British Empire. These included: Aden (Yemen), Egypt, Gallipoli, France, Mesopotamia, North West Frontier of India, Salonika (Greece), and the Russian Transcaucasia, where they served from 1918-20 as part of the British Expeditionary Force.
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A recent review from Diomedes on Amazon
Although slightly mistitled since it covers only the period 1914 to 1920 (the Battalion was actually raised in 1798, but the title is that of the original edition) this is a wonderful and fascinating book.
As mentioned above the book covers the Battalion’s service during the period from the outbreak of the First World War in 1914 to it leaving Russia in 1920, where it had been a part of the ‘intervention force’ fighting the Bolshevik Revolution (perhaps one of the most obscure campaigns of the British Imperial Armies).
The Battalion has the UNIQUE distinction of having served in more of the theatres of the First World War (yes, there were more theatres than France!) that ANY other battalion, British or Imperial and for this reason alone the book is well worth reading. It was written by two officers of the Battalion who served through the whole period, including the (latterly) Commanding Officer, Colonel Geoghegan and is full of interesting small-scale anecdotes as well as the records of the Battalion’s actions. All is ably supported by a number of Appendices listing casualties, awards, ‘Depot Notes’, etc.
For anyone with an interest in the First World War or the Imperial Indian Army this is an absolute must for your bookshelves and Gosling Press are to be congratulated for making it available,