A Basuto band marching past a saluting base on Empire Day, Cairo, 1943

W H J Sale

A Basuto band marching past a saluting base on Empire Day, Cairo, 1943
3 2 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 24cm

A Basuto band marching past a saluting base on Empire Day, Cairo, 1943.

Photograph by Major W H J Sale, MC, 3rd/4th County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters), World War Two, North Africa, 1943.

During the war more than 20,000 Sotho from the British protectorate of Basutoland (Lesotho) served in North Africa, the Middle East and Italy. Most served in the African Pioneer Corps where they undertook myriad tasks including the construction of fortifications, carrying of supplies, camouflaging of military installations, building of dummy tanks, guarding of supply dumps and POWs and working as dockers and stevedores.

Image Details

Negative No.
 
99653
Accession No.
 
NAM. 1984-07-15-8

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