Black History and the Great War

The Great War saw Black and Asian soldiers and sailors from around the globe heavily involved in conflict. For the first time global interconnections saw men of all backgrounds and cultures participating in a major war. This presentation looks at the global aspects of Black and Asian participation in the Great War. It includes examples from Africa, Australia, Canada, Great Britain, France, Germany, the West Indies and the United States.

The presentation includes:
23 slides covering the role of Black and Asian men in the Army and Navy
Images and facts relating to the role of men from around the world
Examples of firsts by Black servicemen

The presentation includes enough facts for a non specialist to use it as a short assembly. It is editable so can be added to to make it region specific.

There is also a zi file with over 50 images of Black and Asian servicemen from the First World War.

Other areas:
Equality. For many of these volunteer and conscript soldiers the hope of a better world was a motivation. To what extent was this realised? We use the example of the British West Indian Regiment within the presentation. Similar questions can be raised about the men of the Indian Army, from African colonies or from the Harlem Fire Raisers or Canadian Black Regiment.

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