UNDER ONE FLAG - The book launch
Prince Harry writes ‘The stories told in Under One Flag are rarely heard, but they should be. The immense courage and selfless dedication of indigenous and ethnic people deserve to be celebrated by us today. ’ The book is aimed largely at secondary school pupils and Great Britain has a widely diverse ethnic population so children and adults alike can learn about the important part that their grandparents and others played in the defence of Great Britain, all as volunteers, in the War. By ordering a copy all the money will go towards the welfare of our needy veterans and widows.
HENRY OF WALES
The Blues and Royals of the
Household Cavalry Regiment
Under One Flag is an extremely important book, as it highlights the vital part indigenous and ethnic peoples of the Commonwealth played in securing victory in the Second World War.The stories told in Under One Flag are rarely heard, but they should be. The immense courage and selfless dedication of indigenous and ethnic peoples of what was then the British Empire deserve to be celebrated by us today. Those described in this book were ordinary people, but they rose to the challenges of extraordinary times so that we might live in peace and freedom.
Every year, The Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League helps thousands of Commonwealth veterans and widows across the globe. The League’s activities recognise the debt of gratitude we owe to these people and their matchless devotion to liberty.
I hope that everyone – whatever background you may have or ethnicity you may be – reading this book comes to share the same sense of pride that I feel, as a soldier and as someone who enjoys the freedoms that our predecessors fought for.
Wales’s Royal Regiment
Whilst I am
very proud to be the first living recipient of the Victoria Cross since 1966,
like everyone else profiled in this excellent book, Under One Flag, I was just
doing my job.
Flag shows the spirit and loyalty of indigenous and ethnic people of the
Commonwealth who helped Great Britain win World War II. It charts the story of
the Commonwealth contribution by highlighting individuals from across the
globe. Not all of them are well-known or famous and I am delighted that they
have been included.
I think this
is one of the most important books on World War II for the classroom as it
shows what an amazing contribution that people of colour have made. It also
shows that frontline soldiers, of whatever colour, are accepted unreservedly by
those with whom they serve. False values do not flourish amongst those
fortunate enough to have experienced the close bond that servicemen and women
of the British Armed Forces rely on every day.
I hope you enjoy this fascinating book as much as I did.