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Title:VE (Victory in Europe) Day 1995: African Commemorations and Perspectives from Botswana
Author:Jackson, Ashley
Periodical:Botswana Notes and Records (ISSN 0525-5090)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Botswana
Southern Africa
Subjects:World War II
History and Exploration
Military Science, Military Affairs
World War, 1939-1945
Great Britain. Army. African Pioneer Corps
armed forces
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/40980207
Abstract:In 1995 the world commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of the end of the Second World War. In Botswana, which as the Bechuanaland Protectorate had sent a higher percentage of its adult male population to join the British army than any other African colonial territory, the occasion led to several public commemorations, and attracted a great deal of press interest and public debate on a neglected episode in the country's history. The interest in Botswana's war-time history, and the debate about how the country should respond to the fiftieth anniversary, led to VE (Victory in Europe) Day services, such as that organized by the Supa Ngwao Museum in Francistown, questions in parliament, and the sending of an official delegation to the August 1995 Commonwealth Parade in London. However, all this does not appear to have led to any lasting gains for ex-servicemen and their dependants. Notes, ref., sum.