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  • Published: 31 May 2014
  • ISBN: 9780143800323
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 122
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The Chinese Labour Corps: The Forgotten Chinese Labourers of the First World War: Penguin Specials


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In this fascinating First World War China Special, journalist Mark O'Neill brings their story to light, describing in detail the labourers' recruitment, their daily experiences in a foreign land and the horrific work they carried out – including the clearing of remains from battlefields.

As the young men of Europe were fighting in the trenches, a little known contingent of Chinese labourers crossed the world to provide support vital to the Allied war effort. Largely illiterate farmers from northern China, these men were simply attempting to make a better life for themselves, ignorant of the war and its causes. Under brutal conditions many died for their efforts, and their involvement wasn't recognised for decades – it is still not widely known. In this fascinating First World War China Special, journalist Mark O'Neill brings their story to light, describing in detail the labourers' recruitment, their daily experiences in a foreign land and the horrific work they carried out – including the clearing of remains from battlefields.

  • Pub date: 31 May 2014
  • ISBN: 9780143800323
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 122
Categories:

About the Author

Mark O'Neill

Mark O'Neill has been a journalist in Asia since 1978, working for Reuters and the South China Morning Post. His books include Tzu Chi: Serving with Compassion, on the Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, and Frederick: The Life of My Missionary Grandfather in Manchuria. He currently works as an author, journalist and lecturer in Hong Kong.

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