Sets out to rescue the memory of Britain's African soldiers who served on the shores of the Bay of Bengal and in the swamps of Arakan during WWII. It recounts the experiences through the story of a Nigerian soldier, Isaac Fadoyebo, who joined the British Army at the age of 16. Fadoyebos unit was ambushed by Japanese soldiers, he was wounded and left to die, but out of the rainforest came Burmese villagers, Rohingya Muslims who hid him and put their own lives in danger.
In December 1941 the Japanese invaded Burma. For the British, the longest land campaign of the Second World War had begun. 100,000 African soldiers were taken from Britain's colonies to fight the Japanese in the Burmese jungles. They performed heroically in one of the most brutal theatres of war, yet their contribution has been largely ignored. Isaac Fadoyebo was one of those 'Burma Boys'. At the age of sixteen he ran away from his Nigerian village to join the British Army. Sent to Burma, he was attacked and left for dead in the jungle by the Japanese. Sheltered by courageous local rice farmers, Isaac spent nine months in hiding before his eventual rescue. He returned to Nigeria a hero, but his story was soon forgotten. Barnaby Phillips travelled to Nigeria and Burma in search of Isaac, the family who saved his life, and the legacy of an Empire. Another Man's War is Isaac's story.