Screening of Forgotten Warriors of the Empire

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When: Tuesday, September 26, 7PM
Where: Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St, Alexandria, Virginia
Cost: Free
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Don’t miss this special screening of the 30-minute documentary “Forgotten Warriors of the Empire”. The film chronicles the little-known story of Africans who served with the Allied forces in World War II. The screening will begin at 7pm, and will be followed by a discussion.

About the Film

More than 100 million people served in combat and non-combat roles in the Second World War, over half of which perished during their tours of duty. The exploits of the Tuskeegee Airmen and other African American units serving in World War II are the stuff of legend today. But what is little-known by western society is that hundreds of thousands of those who served with the Allied forces hailed from the British colonies and other parts of continental Africa.

They came from cities like Kampala and Lagos, and villages like Malindi, in Malawi. Sometimes they felt a duty to protect the realm, sometimes they were merely hoping to earn a better wage. They served far and wide from Somaliland in East Africa to Burma. Some drove trucks, or tended to the wounded; others carried a rifle, shed blood, and died.

The goal of the documentary is to portray the range of experiences of Africans serving in the war effort, from how they were recruited, to how they were trained, to the combat they saw, to their post-war experiences. Their stories will be told through a mix of first-hand accounts on camera, archival photographs and film footage, and animation and graphics.

 

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