The First World War and contribution of Haryana to the world war (1914-1918)
The First World War start on 4 august 1914. At the start ‘the conflict’ involved seven countries, but later some thirty countries joined it. It was most bloody affair where world’s entire resources were used to produce death and destruction. Nothing like it had happened before. The First World War broke out in 1914 and India being a part of the British Empire was dragged into the war activities. The people of Haryana helped the government by providing recruits and by contributing money and material. “Haryana contribution to the army personnel was 71,366”. Not very differently from their countrymen elsewhere. The Hindu, Muslims and Sikhs vied each other to help the Sarkar Bahaudur in their ‘bad times’. The jats, Ahirs, Rajputs, Gujars, Ranghars, almost everyone who considered oneself to be a part of the so – called ‘martial races’, came forward to join the army with great enthusiasm, and in pretty large numbers.