This 1944/5 photo shows Troops of 11th East African Division passing the Chindwin River crossing on the road to Kalewa, Burma during World War II. From the collections of the Imperial War Museums (No 9 Army Film & Photographic Unit/ Watson E (Sgt))
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Front page of "Il Mattino' newspaper, May 10, 1936. Photo by Chirico Giuseppe, 2016.
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Seventy years after the start of the Second World War the overwhelming impression is of a conflict fought on the battlefields of Europe by white troops. Britain’s war effort was bolstered by soldiers from the white Commonwealth – Australia, Canada and New Zealand and later by the United States. The war in the Far East is often overlooked, as is the fighting that took place in Africa. Yet one million African troops participated in the conflict, fighting their way through the jungles of Burma, across the Libyan deserts and in the skies over London.
In this documentary we hear first hand from the African troops who participated in the war – and who played a critical part in freeing the world from the threat of fascism.