Britain’s Forgotten Army
documentary / 7.00pm / C4
this amazing documentary reveals the role a 140,000strong chinese army played in World
War one. In the autumn of 1916 Allied losses were so great, Churchill was fearful Britain was about to lose the war. A secret deal was drawn up with China to send over masses of manual labourers to help with the war effort. They worked 10-hour days, seven days a week and were crucial in enabling Allied forces to keep fighting. But prejudice and racism has meant they have been erased from history. Now a campaign, helped by Joanna Lumley, is hoping to erect a memorial to mark these men’s invaluable contribution.
Digging for victory: Chinese labourers