2016 marks 100 years since the start of the Battles of the Somme - the bloodiest series of battles fought during World War I that saw approximately 1.2 million soldiers lose their lives.
Historians have begun to uncover the stories of soldiers of African descent who took part in the Battles of the Somme and many other campaigns during the war. What is often not understood is that people of African descent from all over the world fought for both sides. Men, who were blighted by combating oppression and bowed by colonial regimes, broke their backs to work and fight in the war.
Their contribution to the war would have significant effects on the course of the 20th century and the future of colonialism.
Join the historian Onyeka who uncovers fascinating information on the 'thin black line' of World War I.