In supporting the Allied war effort, as part of the British Empire, the Indian borders with Afghanistan (in the north west) and Burma (in the east) were left vulnerable to hostile action. A Turkish-German diplomatic mission arrived in Kabul in October 1915 to try and persuade the Afghans to declare full independence from Britain, join the Central Powers and declare war on India. Habibullah Khan, the Emir of Afghanistan, maintained the country’s neutrality, but this did not stop localised action on the Indian/Afghan border. Between December 1914 and March 1919 a series of skirmishes were carried out against the Burmese Kachins tribes, by auxiliary units of the Assam Rifles and the Burma Military Police.

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