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Saturday, 17 November 2012

BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY: THE BLACK PEOPLE CONTRIBUTION TO THE BRITISH FIRST WORLD WAR EFFORT: WE WERE THEIR:

Its hard to believe that the British Army had a rule that anyone with an Asian  or Negro facial feature cannot become an officer in the British Army, meaning you cannot be commission as a Officer in the British Army before the first world war. But as always some one is always going to beat the system, and when war broke out between Germany and Britain and her Allies France in particular, not one but two mix race young men, one a footballer with a well know North London Team, Tottenham Hot Spurs and another more Academic young man who has attend University and gained a degree, the young man pass him self off as white and got commission in the British Army, thus becoming the First Black Officer to become a full fledged Commission British Officer and joined the Artillery Regiment. The second Officer came up the ranks and got commission into the Army as an officer, so at one stroke the very thing they objected to in the first got side step and two Black Men Fought in the 1st World War for King and Country.





























The various Black Colonies provided various fighting Regiments from the men in each country, so we have the West Indian Regiment, East African Regiment, The West African Rifles, The Sudanese Regiment, and many other colonies provided trained fighting men. This Black Soldiers just like the French Colonial Regiments from various African Colonies, good example The Senegalese, the various West, Central and East African colonies, who provided Black Fighting Men to take on the Mighty German Army. These Soldiers fought with extreme bravery, lots of lives were lost and lots of brave deeds in battle was recorded by the British and French Army.