007a 1 Toy Soldier Officer at attention
Toy Soldiers 54mm Indian Army 1890-1910
The British Indian Army was the principal army of the British Raj in India before the partition of India in 1947. It was not designated as the British Indian Army but as the Indian Army and when used within an article or a book which has a clear historical context is often referred to as the Indian Army. During the days of British rule, the Indian Army proved a very crucial adjunct to British forces not only in India but also in other places, particularly during the First and Second World Wars.
In India, it was responsible for the defence of the regions of direct British governance (the Provinces of India, or, collectively, British India) as well as of those under British suzerainty (the Princely States).
The first army officially called the ”Indian Army” was raised by the government of India in 1895, existing alongside the three long-established presidency armies (the Bengal Army, the Madras Army and the Bombay Army) of the Presidencies of British India. However, in 1903 the Indian Army absorbed these three armies.
The term ”Indian Army” was also sometimes used informally as a collective description of the former Presidency armies, particularly after the Indian Mutiny. The Indian Army should not be confused with the Army of India. Between 1903 and 1947 this consisted of two separate entities: the Indian Army itself (made up of Indian regiments originating in India), plus the British Army in India, which consisted of units of the British Army (with their origins in the United Kingdom) which were on a tour of duty in India.
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In 1980 the toy soldier range painted in gloss was introduced, sculpted by David Scheinmann, and today by Andrew Stadden which from modest beginnings has expanded to a very extensive range covering many popular subjects and periods of military history.