This book is about the recognition that the 6,000 brave Caribbean men who joined up never received. Some
occupied dangerous front-line roles: they were gunners, radio operators, pilots and navigators.
The book delves into the personal accounts of veterans' experiences, backed up with historical facts and figures.
Many did not make it back from the war. They died believing they were fighting to uphold democracy, not just for Britain but for their own country of birth.
Men of Valour - Black Pilots of World War II. Read more:
The Westminster West India Committee Circular - Review
Largely the book achieves the author’s aims the biographies of those who served after the Second World War are particularly welcome. She has also taken care with the biographies of historic individuals, although some are beyond the Caribbean focus of her book. The book can serve as a very basic introduction to those topics and is undoubtedly a good and much-needed resource for those seeking to learn about the individual experiences of Caribbean service personnel in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Maureen Dickson is formally a U.S. Realtor, Property TV Presenter, Producer and Oral Historian.
Maureen’s long-standing passion for history took a turn after having a life-changing conversation with her terminally ill father about the war years although he had just turned eighteen at war end.
Maureen decided to document the stories and experiences of the Caribbean ex-servicemen for posterity, her hope was that the future generations, would be as inspired as she was, by her father’s account of life in Guyana during the war years, and the people he knew who had gone to war to fight alongside Britain.
This clip of the Tuskegee Airmen demonstrates similar actions that the black pilots of Britain participated in during World War II. Read more:
An Interview with Squadron Leader Philip Louie Ulric Cross DSO. DFC
Sergeant William Robbie Clarke Pilot WWI
(Royal Flying Corps - Army), and later the RAF, was a West Indian from Jamaica and was one of the first Black Pilots, if not the first who fought for Britain. He travelled thousands of miles at his own expense in order to fight beside Britain in WWI.
We know about his life in the service because he was a prolific writer and wrote to his mother frequently.
Read about him in the book
5.0 out of 5 stars The Untold Stories of the Caribbean Heroes of War
Reviewed in the United States on 22 June 2020
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This is the first book I've seen that tells the stories of the Caribbean islanders that voluntarily left their homes during WWI and II to fight for their mother country. Ms. Dickson's book adeptly chronicles their struggles and victories. They overcame countless inequities and discrimination, yet fought proudly and courageously to persevere. Many fighters earned medals and awards without public acclaim. These are the stories of our Caribbean heroes that weren't taught in our schools. Thanks to this book, they are finally getting the attention and acknowledgment that they most assuredly deserve