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Title:Measuring the War Experience: Ghanaian Soldiers in World War II
Author:Israel, Adrienne M.
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:black soldiers
World War II
History and Exploration
Military, Defense and Arms
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/160973
Abstract:During World War II, some 65,000 Ghanaians were under the command of British officers in the Royal West African Frontier Force. This article examines the nature and socioeconomic implications of the war experience of these soldiers as later revealed by the veterans themselves in oral interviews and locally published materials. Attention is paid to such themes as unequal pay, racial abuse, experience in South Africa, and the impact of Asia. After the end of World War II, the ex-servicemen emerged as a group more likely than other young men to demand greater postwar concessions and rewards from the colonial administration. Notes, ref.