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Indian National Army 1945

Post  wfrad on Mon 28 Apr 2014, 10:29 am

The colonels rank I found on the Imperial War Museums site, not much luck with finding any other information.  
It appears, backed up by most authors, that the other ranks wore mainly German insignia.  Also some authors appear to confirm that there was no special insignia for the Indian National Army, although every now and again item appear that were gained from released prisoners returning to India.
I've made an uneducated guess and come up with what I believe could have been the officers rank structure.  The NCO's appear to have worn mainly German ranks.  
Again David Littlejohn in his book, Foreign Legions of the Third Reich, states that normal German rank terms were used and that there was no special insignia produced.
What ranks were used and what they were called remains an open question, since I'm unable to find anyone to agree on what was actually used I've left the chart without rank names.
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Post  ChrisF202 on Wed 30 Apr 2014, 8:04 am

Ive come across a rank insignia chart elsewhere, not sure of it's accuracy though. I recall that the enlisted ranks wore bars to detonate ranks.

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Post  Animal on Wed 30 Apr 2014, 3:21 pm

A subadar I believe.

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Post  wfrad on Fri 02 May 2014, 8:07 am

Pity you couldn't dig up that chart Chris.

Bars for the enlisted ranks among the other foreign units were quite common, so maybe the INA also used bars.

Most of the information regarding the German Indian National Army refers to German ranks in use, and photographs of the period seems to support this.  
Also Indian nationals didn't hold senior positions in the pre-war British Indian army so there is no real comparison between the two regarding Indian Officers.

To compare the British/Indian ranks below with the my chart would be pure fantasy on my part.
Anglo sounding Colonel, Major and Capt. may not have been used.

That said there was a tendency for foreign units to have some form of rank identity so what if any did the INA have?
Does anyone know for certain?

British Indian Ranks:
Cavalry Ranks
Risaldar-Major...... A crown
Risaldar......Two stars
Jemadar......One star
Other ranks
Duffardar-Major......Royal Arms
Duffardar......Three stripes
Lance-Duffardar......Two stripes
Infantry ranks
Subadar-Major......A crown
Subadar…...Two stars
Jemadar…...One star
Havildar-Major…...Royal Arms
Havildar.…..Three stripes
Naik.…..Two stripes
Lance Naik.…..One stripe
Sowar is the trooper in the cavalry, and a sepoy the private in the infantry.

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Post  ChrisF202 on Thu 08 May 2014, 4:08 am

Hi Bill, I located the chart! Could you send me your email address?

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Post  wfrad on Fri 09 May 2014, 6:02 am

Thanks Chris
email sent by PM.
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