The Chinese Labour Corps 1916-1920 by Gregory James (Bayview Educational Publishing 2013, ISBN 978-988-12686-0-0, 1285pp, illustrated, £30.99+postage)
The Chinese Labour Corps was recruited from 1916 to assist with Britain’s desire for an ever-growing requirement for manpower to carry out labouring tasks on the Western Front. By the end of the conflict nearly 100,000 Chinamen had enlisted and served in France and Flanders, and continued to serve well into 1920 helping to clear up the old battlefields and recover the dead.
This new book by Gregory James is an incredibly detailed study into the Chinese Labour Corps; it runs to an amazing 1,285 pages fully backed up with endnotes and a detailed index. It is an in-depth academic study, long overdue, rather than a popular history but it brings into sharp focus the important role the CLC performed and offers a fascinating insight into this intriguing aspect of the Great War.
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