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THE WORLD’S WAR

David Olusoga

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(Paperback | ISBN 9781781858981 | 480 pages)

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A unique account of the millions of colonial troops who fought in the First World War, and why they were later air-brushed out of history. David Olusoga quotes extensively from soldiersÍ diaries and other eye-witness sources, bringing to life the searing experiences of these non-white troops. THE WORLD’S WAR unveils shocking truths such as: _ The first soldier of the British Army to fire a shot in World War One was a black African _ By the end of 1914 one third of the British sector of the Western Front was held by Indian soldiers. _ By 1917 the Western Front was the most multi-national, multi-racial, multi-faith place that had ever existed _ a strange portent of EuropeÍs future. _ Germany created a special camp with a mosque and halal food in an attempt to persuade Muslim P.O.W.s to defect.