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Hira Singh is the story of a regiment of Sikh cavalry who are captured in battle in Flanders in the early days of World War I. The book narrates the adventures faced by these troops as they escape from captivity and under the leadership of the hero of the story Ranjoor Singh, a Sikh officer, they try to make their way back to India under conditions of great difficulty.


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Hira Singh is the story of a regiment of Sikh cavalry who are captured in battle in Flanders in the early days of World War I. The book narrates the adventures faced by these troops as they escape from captivity and under the leadership of the hero of the story Ranjoor Singh, a Sikh officer, they try to make their way back to India under conditions of great difficulty.

46 review for Hira Singh by Talbot Mundy, Fiction, Historical

  1. 4 out of 5

    Simpreet Kaur

    A thriller about the adventures of a Sikh regiment from the time of World War 1. This book was penned by the author about a 100 years ago. Those two sentences are just enough to pique the interest of anyone interested in history. You don't really hear about the Indian contributions to both the World Wars, there were about a million soldiers from British India during WW1 and statistics put the number of lost lives at about 75,000. These soldiers were pretty much forgotten by the western world and A thriller about the adventures of a Sikh regiment from the time of World War 1. This book was penned by the author about a 100 years ago. Those two sentences are just enough to pique the interest of anyone interested in history. You don't really hear about the Indian contributions to both the World Wars, there were about a million soldiers from British India during WW1 and statistics put the number of lost lives at about 75,000. These soldiers were pretty much forgotten by the western world and it seems even the Indian historians forgot about it. We know so little about these brave soldiers who fought various battles in Europe (France and Belgium), Turkey, Afghanistan, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Gallipoli, Palestine and Sinai. Most of these soldiers were Sikhs. Now back tot he book, the author himself has a pretty interesting life story- runaway kid from England, travels across India, Africa and the Middle East and writes a bunch of books, mostly adventure thrillers. This book being one of them. The story takes you on the adventures of a Sikh regiment that gets captured in Belgium by the Germans and their journey to the British post in Afghanistan via Turkey. I won't put any spoilers in this review, the main characters Ranjoor Singh, a clever, strategic leader leading his troops outwitting his opponents while upholding the principles of Sikh faith and the narrator of the story, Hira Singh, a Sergeant under Ranjoor Singh takes you back in time and you hear all the shelling, feel the cold bunkers, see the grey days of war and feel the quiet efficiency of the Germans, the plight of the Armenians dying at the hands of the brutish Turkish soldiers. But most of all, you get to feel what the typical Indian soldier went through while fighting in a war which was not his own but he still fought because of the valor in his heart, for want of respect and to earn a hard living.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Zapata

    This book is a sequel of sorts to The Winds Of The World, detailing the adventures of Ranjoor Singh, Hira Singh, and the other members of Outram's Own regiment in the First World War. Supposedly it was based on true events, but in doing a bit of research when I first began the book, I discovered that the author's preface (which claimed the story was based on actual Army reports) was actually added for the American market. But even though this was "merely" a novel after all, it was still a cracki This book is a sequel of sorts to The Winds Of The World, detailing the adventures of Ranjoor Singh, Hira Singh, and the other members of Outram's Own regiment in the First World War. Supposedly it was based on true events, but in doing a bit of research when I first began the book, I discovered that the author's preface (which claimed the story was based on actual Army reports) was actually added for the American market. But even though this was "merely" a novel after all, it was still a cracking good one, and highlighted the participation of Sikh soldiers in WWI, which has been an under-appreciated subject, from what I read in my research. I hope to find more books on that subject. This was not as much of a breathless page turner as other Mundy books I have read: there was more thinking going on, especially with nearly the entire book concerned with the loyalty or lack thereof of Ranjoor Singh, and whether or not he would prove to be true to The Empire. Obviously he represented India and the concerns about that country's attitude at this particular point in history. I did enjoy the book but I could not call it amazing, because I had come to expect a different type of adventure from Mundy, therefore it did not get that 5th star. But I recommend it for anyone interested in WWI and India.....and the final few paragraphs would bring a proud tear to anyone's eyes.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    A wonderful story of courage and adversity with a good element of espionage as well. The characters are well developed and the settings beautifuuly described. A little jewel of a book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Paul J.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ajay Sharma

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nanauatl

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mac

  8. 5 out of 5

    Saurabh Dhir

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Friedheim

  10. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

  11. 4 out of 5

    Brian Beard

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lynne

  13. 5 out of 5

    Zoheb Mashiur

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sam Schulman

  15. 5 out of 5

    G. Hugh Bodell

  16. 4 out of 5

    George Gray

  17. 4 out of 5

    Timothy Evavold

  18. 4 out of 5

    Vikas Krishan

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mary

  20. 4 out of 5

    Iniyavan Karthik

  21. 4 out of 5

    Amit Sharma

  22. 5 out of 5

    William J. Griffin, Jr.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Peter

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ben

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  26. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Schaffter Schaffter

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  28. 4 out of 5

    Judith Kang

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amandeep singh

  30. 4 out of 5

    J.W. Wright

  31. 4 out of 5

    Steve Anderson

  32. 4 out of 5

    Miss M

  33. 5 out of 5

    Trupti

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    Pramod Nair

  35. 4 out of 5

    Veeral

  36. 4 out of 5

    BookDB

  37. 4 out of 5

    Shilpabk

  38. 5 out of 5

    HARSUMIT SINGH

  39. 5 out of 5

    Kennedy

  40. 5 out of 5

    Angel Vivero

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    Divyang Mehta

  42. 4 out of 5

    Daria

  43. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Embrey

  44. 5 out of 5

    Swapna Chakrabarti

  45. 5 out of 5

    Neena

  46. 5 out of 5

    Coralee

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