The heroic moments of African soldiers who fought in World War I

November 11, 2018 at 09:00 am | History

Mildred Europa Taylor

Mildred Europa Taylor | Associate Editor

November 11, 2018 at 09:00 am | History

The Gold Coast Regiment in the First World War

One of the largest and deadliest conflicts in history is the first World War which was fought between 1914 and 1918. With major European superpowers together with their allied non-European forces fighting against each other for supremacy, the war left nothing but emotional and physical ravaging damages in its aftermath.

Millions of military personnel, including nearly two million Africans, were recruited by these superpowers and their allies to fight in the war. Though largely forced into recruitment, it is disappointing that most of the efforts of these African soldiers have not received much recognition globally.

As the world commemorates Armistice Day, which remembers the end of World War I 100 years on, here are the gallant moments of African soldiers who fought in the war:

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