Hilt of an indian sword decorated with gold

India

Arms and armour feature as a central part of Indian culture from earliest times. The heroes of early epic stories such as the Mahabharata ride on chariots and shoot bows. Archery plays a central role in all Indian military until the widespread introduction of firearms in the 18th century.


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Female soldiers

The Nizam of Hyderabad raised two battalions of 1000 women each for his war against the Marathas in 1795. They were taught French drill and fought at the battle of Khurda.