The sacrifice made by Muslims fighting for Britain in the World Wars is being marked on Thursday as the nation remembers on Armistice Day
from the Metro newspaper
More than 3.5million soldiers from the Asian subcontinent fought for Britain in the two conflicts, with tens of thousands killed in action.
The 2.5million men and women who came over to do their bit in World War II became the biggest volunteer force in history.
‘We need to remind not only the Muslim community but also the general public that the Muslim contribution to the defence of this nation runs deep,’ said secretary general Farooq Murad of the Muslim Council of Britain.
During World War I, Muslim troops in the Indian Army fought on the Western Front. By the end of the Great War, India had sent more than 1million troops. More than 47,000 died and 65,000 were wounded.
In World War II, 2.5million men and women fought for Britain, with 36,092 killed, 64,354 wounded and almost 80,000 taken prisoner.
Among the volunteers was Noor Inayat Khan, a radio operator for the Special Operations Executive.
She was parachuted into France in 1943 to send messages from the Resistance to London. Khan was eventually captured and tortured.
The Germans classified her ‘highly dangerous’ and she was sent to Dachau, where she was executed in 1944.