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Women at War: Subhas Chandra Bose and the Rani of Jhansi Regiment

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I want a unit of brave Indian women to form a “Death-defying Regiment” who will wield the sword which the brave Rani of Jhansi wielded in India’s First War of Independence in 1857.' ¬– Subhas Chandra Bose

The Rani of Jhansi Regiment (RJR), the first all-female infantry fighting unit in military history, was created in Singapore in July 1943 by Indian nationalist and vi
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Paperback, 328 pages
Published December 5th 2016 by Harper Collins India
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Vera Hildebrand moved from Denmark to India because of her husband’s job. She noted the difference between Indian and European women and decided to examine the history of Indian women. While doing her research she came across information about the Rani of Jhansi Regiment of Women. The Rani was a regiment of women combat trained soldiers who served in Burma during World War Two.

The book is well written and meticulously researched. The first part of the book is an overview of the histo
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Yash Sharma
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Rani of Jhansi Regiment (RJR) : The first all-female fighting unit in military history
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' I want a unit of brave Indian women to form a "Death-Defying Regiment" who will wield the sword which the brave Rani of Jhansi wielded in India's First war of Independence. '

- Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose


Women at war, Subhash Chandra Bose and the Rani of Jhansi Regiment, was
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A.K. Kulshreshth
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Subhash Chandra Bose, “Netaji” as many Indians know him, was an Indian leader who established a provisional government in exile in Singapore in 1943, and created a rebel Indian National Army (INA) to fight for Indian independence.

Vera Hildebrand describes his creation of the Rani of Jhansi Regiment (RJR), an infantry regiment of women within the INA in 1943, as “one of the more improbable events of the Asia-Pacific theatre in World War II”.

I see RJR as proof of Bose’s ability to think beyond b
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Conrad Barwa
Great book on Bose's concept of an all-female regiment which was intended to be part of his Indian National Army, raised to fight the British in the South-east Asian theatre during WWII. Hildebrand does an excellent task of impartially assessing Bose's record both as a politician and nationalist (impressive and charismatic) as well as a military leader (not very good and tactically weak).

What she does unearth is that the Rani of Jhansi Regiment (RJR) was much smaller than was popular
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Devanshi Gupta
Jun 06, 2017 rated it liked it
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It was a very interesting read. I did not know many of the facts presented in this book, and they opened my mind about my country's struggle for independence.
This book is brutally factual. Vera Hildebrand has done a fantastic job in segregating fact from fiction and presenting a very true picture of what actually happened.
But I think the title is misleading. The women never actually go to war! They never really take part in combat! One possible explanation for this, as given in this book, is t
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