The West India Regiments were established as part of the British Army in the 1790s. At the time, the British were engaged in the Revolutionary Wars against France and facing a military and health crisis in the Caribbean. The story of these regiments is significant for two main reasons. Firstly, unlike most other colonial forces and the Indian Army for instance, they were formally part of the British Army. But secondly, the way their soldiers were recruited in the early years was unlike any other regiment.
This webinar by Jasdeep Singh, Research Curator at the National Army Museum and curator of the West Indian Soldier exhibition, highlights the military heritage shared between the UK and the Caribbean. It explains the role of slavery played in recruiting these regiments and the Caribbean contribution to the First and Second World Wars including the British West Indies Regiment and West Indian women that served the Auxiliary Territorial Service.
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