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Tuesday, 3 May 2011
For King and Country? South Asian Soldiers Fighting for Britain in Two World Wars
A curator’s talk by Dr Florian Stadtler of the Open University
Surrey History Centre, Woking
Saturday 14 May 2011, 2.00pm – 3.30pm
This talk explores the role of South Asian soldiers in both world wars as part of the world's largest volunteer armies ever raised. It highlights their contributions as soldiers, journalists and commentators to the cataclysmic ‘national’ and global events of the First and Second World War and how this shaped their perception of Britain. The talk will also raise interesting questions how the crucial role of these soldiers is only gradually being brought to wider public attention and how slowly the historical lens is being refocused to include these stories in national commemorations of the wars.