Depending on what part of the world you live in, today is Remembrance/Armistice/Veterans Day. As a kid, I remember my mother telling us stories of my Trinidadian great uncle who fought for the Commonwealth during either World War I or World War II. (We’re still trying to figure out which one it was…) As a result, I’ve always been interested in learning more about the troops – outside of the major powers – that played a role in either World War.
Accordingly, I’d like to call attention to the WWI in Africa Project, organized by Jacques Enaudeau (@jacksometer) & Kathleen Bomani (@KateBomz) to shed light on an overlooked theater of World War I – Africa. You can find additional information on the project below:
- Website: http://wwiafrica.ghost.io/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wwiafrica
- Twitter: @WWIAfrica
The curators of the project have also written articles detailing their work, such as The World War One in Africa Project: What happened in Africa should not stay in Africa, WWI’s untold story: The forgotten African battlefields, and African resistance and rebellion: The other side of World War I.
All of the links I’ve included in this post will lead you to rarely seen photographs and histories of the role of Africa, and Africans, in World War I. I highly recommend taking a look to gain a greater understanding of the less mainstream aspect of the war. I’ve found it highly educational and hope you will too!