The forgotten army of WWII: West Africa's soldiers in Burma – exclusive video

Nigerians made up more than half of the total force of 90,000 West African soldiers deployed to south east Asia after 1943. But while the role of Indians and Gurkhas in the campaign to drive the Japanese out of Burma was celebrated in the recent VJ day anniversary commemoration, African soldiers' voices are not often heard. Olly Owen with collaborators Dan Susman and Robin Forestier-Walker made this film trying to capture their own perspectives on the war and its aftermath. It uses interviews in Nigeria, as well footage of West Africa divisions fighting in Burma and original recordings of soldiers' songs about their war, courtesy of the Imperial War Museum