From Golden Fields to Crimson. Punjab’s brothers in arms in Flanders.
Why are certain histories covered, discussed and inquired about, while others remain hidden? Going beyond the old tropes of colonised histories this book presents the Indo-Canadian community’s pioneer experience within the events leading to the ejection of the Komagata Maru from Canadian waters in July 1914 and the subsequent outbreak of the Great War in August 1914. Canada has a proud Great War record, and its achievements will be celebrated during WW1 centennial commemorations. However, the story of a longstanding Punjabi-Canadian community that fought for western civilisation & the British Empire, side by side with Canadians and under the same flag, has gone untold. Punjabi soldiers played a pivotal role in the opening months of the war in France & Belgium. A great book to introduce Canadian youth to a more inclusive look at our history.
Written by Steven Purewal, illustrated by Christopher Rawlins.
Comic book story illustrated by Claude St. Aubin and Ruth Redmond.
“It has been said that in the history of the hunt, the hunter has always told the story of the lion. Between 1914 and 1918 nearly 500,000 Turban wearing soldiers from the Punjab Province of British India, served to deliver the freedoms we enjoy today, only to have their images scrubbed from the pages of history by their colonizers.Duty, Honour & Izzat restores those pages in glorious colour and sweeps you through multiple layers of a heroic narrative and a battlefield of emotions. By its end, and after 100 years, I had finally heard the black lion’s roar!”
– Pardeep Singh Nagra, Executive Director, Sikh Heritage Museum of Canada
“[A]n extremely well thought-out and researched book […] As a whole, Duty, Honour & Izzat shares the untold history of an entire army which was a major player in one of the greatest wars in history. This is something that Punjabis should be proud of, and it’s a history that everyone should know about.”
– Josh Rose, Rogues Portal
“A powerful reminder, or perhaps lesson, that Sikh soldiers were proud members of the British Empire, just like their comrades from Canada and that the First World War was a multicultural war as were Canadian victories at Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele and Cambrai.”
– Rob Alexander, Rocky Mountain Outlook