(or Hira Singh : When India Came to Fight in Flanders
) is a short novel by Talbot Mundy
, originally published (under the title Hira Singh's Tale
) as a four-part serial in Adventure Magazine in October and November 1917, and published in book form in 1918 by Cassell (London) and Bobbs-Merrill (Indianapolis). The hero of the story is a Sikh
officer, Ranjoor Singh, an earlier adventure of whom is recounted in the novel The Winds of the World
is the story of a regiment of Sikh cavalry who are captured in battle in Flanders
in the early days of World War I
, but who escape from captivity and make their way back home by way of many adventures.
The underlying theme of the story is the nature of leadership, as Ranjoor Singh struggles to control his semi-rebellious force under conditions of great difficulty.