History GCSE: West African troops in the French army

The rationale for creating a French African regiment is explained by David Olusoga.

Using contemporary film footage and photographs, one man's story illustrates the experience of African soldiers and the coercion that was used to make them fight.

This clip is from the series The World's War.

Teacher Notes

This film could be used to spark a discussion and get students researching the role and contribution of empire troops in World War One.

Students could be encouraged to work in groups and explore the different perspectives of the non-European troops, conducting their own research and presenting it back to the class.

Curriculum Notes

These films are suitable for teaching History at KS4 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and at 4th Level in Scotland.

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