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The Forgotten Heroes of Empire | People & Power

Discussion in 'History' started by AndrewvanZyl, Feb 13, 2019.

  1. AndrewvanZyl

    AndrewvanZyl Occasional commenter

    Published on Feb 13, 2019
    During World War II, Britain mobilised a huge, now-forgotten, army of African soldiers from its colonies on the continent to fight against the Axis powers (Nazi Germany, Italy and Japan) in battlefields across Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.But when peace came in 1945, the rapidly diminishing British Empire cynically betrayed these men, subjecting them to systematic discrimination and denying them the same post-war benefits as white soldiers.This truly shameful episode of colonial-era disregard reverberates to this day.Though their numbers have been whittled down by the passing years, the survivors continue to endure great poverty, hardship and alienation, in spite of having risked their lives for the Allied war effort and despite some of the best efforts of a few members of the UK military establishment who have been trying to address past wrongs.
     
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