Post by The Horny Goat Post by Pete Barrett
Possibly, though Indian troops were deployed in North Africa as well,
and some ended up in POW camps in Germany. No Far East theatre might
mean more Indian troops in Europe, and a quicker war, as you suggest. It
probably means S.C.Bose lives, too, to be a major spanner in the works!
Yes that's an interesting angle. Hadn't considered what effect his
survival might have - I would tend to think it would make a peaceful
settlement less not more likely.
Though not as well known Bose was at least as important in the grand
scheme of things as William Joyce and was a major thorn in the sides of
both Gandhi and Jinnah.
It's possible, of course, that Bose in Germany would not survive the war
(lots of people didn't). If he does survive, he's got to decide who to
surrender to. He has a certain amount of choice over that - once he's
decided the war is lost, he can move towards any of the advancing
Russians, British, or Americans, and hope to get picked up by the
He probably wouldn't want to surrender to the British, because prison and
trial would be the least he could expect, and he may be afraid of being
hanged for treason. (If acting sensibly, I don't think they'd do that,
given his popularity in India; but you can never be sure, and he
certainly wouldn't count on it.) And the British would have to decide
what to do with him, since Congress would undoubtedly have to call for
his release (much as Gandhi and Nehru would dislike the idea of a free
One of the interesting things is that, when he first escaped from the
British in India, he went first to Moscow, not Berlin - relations between
Moscow and Berlin were quite good at the time, so the Soviets sent him on
to Germany, not having any use for him themselves. So would he prefer to
surrender to the Soviets, hoping to cash in on the earlier friendliness?
If he does, I suspect he might disappear, because his later pro-Axis
orientation would be a severe embarrassment.
He'd probably prefer the Americans, all told - he could perhaps present
himself as an anti-imperialist (good) and only a reluctant (good) pro-
Nazi (bad), who knew nothing of any atrocities (good, and very likely
true as well). What the US would do with him, I'm not sure. If the
British really wanted him, they'd hand him over, but I think he'd be an
enormous embarrassment to the British, which I think they'd prefer not to
have - Joyce was a nobody who could be hung with impunity, but Bose
Post by The Horny Goat
Ironically I read the Goebbels diaries in my undergraduate years (mid
1970s) which is where I first learned both about him and the Grand Mufti