Black soldiers served in the First World War, just as they served in the Civil War (on both sides), and the Spanish American War.
The war started in 1914 and ended in 1918, mostly in Europe, but also spread to the Far East and Africa. The United States did not get involved until 1917, when president Woodrow Wilson declared war on Germany.
- My wife's great uncle, Willie B. Daniel, served in this war.
- Thomas Pridgett - singer "Ma" Rainey's brother
Links and Resources
- West India Regiment
- British use African, West Indian colonial troops in Europe in both WWI, WIII
- Remembering Henry Johnson and Needham Roberts
- African American Soldiers Fight Off 24 German Soldiers With Bolo Knives During World War I
- Black Poppy Rose: symbol of remembrance for black soldiers in the First World War