BBC Stories have created a short film exploring the white-washing history of World War One. Stories of black soldiers who fought during the war have been overlooked, and in this clip Emma Dabiri talks about the reasons why this might be.

She explains that 4 million non-european and non white soldiers participated in the war, including over 2 million French colonies in Africa and Indo-china, and 1.5 million from British India, 400,000 African Americans and 100,000 Chinese labourers, yet these people are hardly ever recognised as the heroes, and never seen in old footage or newspapers such as from the victory parade in London after Britain one the war in 1919.

Watch the clip to learn a little more about the critical moments Black British history that are so rarely discussed.

Originally created and published by BBC Stories

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