Britain's Black Regiments

Fighting for Empire and Equality
The History Press
  • erschienen am 1. September 2020
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  • 256 Seiten
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In three global conflicts and countless colonial campaigns, tens of thousands of black West Indian soldiers fought and died for Britain, first as slaves and then as volunteers. These all but forgotten regiments were unique because they were part of the British Army rather than colonial formations. All were stepchild units, despised by an army that was loath to number black soldiers in its ranks, and yet unable to do without them; their courage, endurance and loyalty were repaid with bigotry and abuse. In Britain's Black Regiments, Barry Renfrew shines a light on the experiences of these overlooked soldiers who travelled thousands of miles to serve the empire but were denied recognition in their lifetimes. From British campaigns in the Caribbean to the Second World War, this is a saga of war, bondage, hardship, mutiny, forlorn outposts and remarkable fortitude.
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Barry Renfrew is a military historian and foreign correspondent who has covered wars and unrest in Afghanistan, Russia, Africa and elsewhere. Front line experience in Chechnya and other conflict zones has helped him understand what soldiers through the ages have faced on the battlefield. He has previously written Wings of Empire for The History Press and lives with his wife Margaret in the Chiltern Hills.
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  • Contents
  • Prologue The Strangest Cargo
  • Acknowledgements
  • Part I The Wars of Empire
  • 1 The Graveyard of the British Army
  • 2 An Army of Slaves
  • 3 The Equal of Any Soldiers in the World
  • 4 Return to Africa
  • 5 Guardians of the West
  • 6 Black and Not Black Enough
  • 7 Clash of Empires
  • Part II The First World War
  • 8 Patriotic Britons All
  • 9 Raising the British West Indies Regiment
  • 10 Pyramids and Prejudice
  • 11 Bait for the Germans
  • 12 'Slightly Coloured' Officers
  • 13 On the Banks of the Jordan
  • 14 Mutiny
  • 15 Death of a Regiment
  • Part III The Second World War
  • 16 Let Us Fight Like Men
  • 17 An American Lake
  • 18 Not Wanted Here
  • Epilogue 'And to All the Forgotten'
  • Bibliography

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