It is. . . important to remember this was a true world war: it was fought not only on the fields of Flanders and the Somme. But how many in Britain have ever heard of the battle of Gorlice-Tarnów in 1915, in which German and Austrian-Hungarian troops broke through the Russian front line and occupied most of Galicia and the Polish salient? Who knows that in 1918 the Central Powers occupied vast areas in the east that almost equaled the territory occupied in the Second World War? Who has ever heard of the Carpathian winter campaign of 1914–1915, in which Habsburg forces fought in vain to rescue 130,000 Austro-Hungarian soldiers trapped by Russian troops in the fortress Przemyśl and which resulted in 600,000 casualties?
|Memorial to Indian Fallen Near Loos, Western Front|
Who knows that the British forces were the junior partner on the Western Front pretty much throughout the war — they never held more than a quarter of the front. One-and-a-half million volunteers from the Indian subcontinent served in the "great war", and 850,000 of these went overseas.
Matthias Strohn, July 2013 Guardian Interview