The Last Charge of the Calcutta Light Horse – how middle-aged amateurs defeated the German navy


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An extraordinary tale of improvised warfare in World War Two, of pluck against the odds, and how the old-boy network could get things done.

The Calcutta Light Horse was disbanded in 1947 with Indian independence, and so never saw action again, hence the title. I didn’t know as I recorded what the title would be.

Thanks to Karan Singh Kamboj for suggesting the topic.

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