Erased: WW2's Heroes of Color

ERASED: WW2’S HEROES OF COLOR is a gripping journey to uncover the long-lost legacies of soldiers of color during the Second World War. Executive produced and narrated by Idris Elba, whose own grandfather fought in the war, this landmark series sheds light on the immense contributions of over 8 million individuals who fought heroically for the Allied forces and whose stories have largely gone untold. Through a blend of historical dramatizations and powerful first-hand accounts from descendants interwoven with insights from historians and curated archival footage, each episode focuses on at least three extraordinary heroes — from a 16-year-old New Yorker to an aristocrat from India — to witness their bravery unfold in WW2’s iconic theatres of war: Pearl Harbor, D-Day, Dunkirk, and the Battle of the Bulge. Looking beyond the battlefield, the limited series also reveals the direct link between their wartime struggles and the rise of post-war-inspired movements for freedom that swept the globe. The four-part series is a poignant testament to these heroes’ courage, a tribute to their sacrifices, and a powerful reminder that the fight for equality and recognition continues to this day.

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