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Title:The South African Native Labour Contingent, 1916-1918
Author:Willan, Brian P.
Year:1978
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Volume:19
Issue:1
Pages:67-86
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:military recruitment
World War I
colonialism
History and Exploration
Labor and Employment
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/180612
Abstract:Between September 1916 and January 1918 a total of 25,000 black South Africans enlisted for non-combatant labouring duties with the South African Native Labour Contingent (SANLC) in support of the British forces in France. The present paper is intended to throw some more light on this episode in South Africa's history, with information about the raising of the SANLC, opposition from with opinion on both political and economic grounds, African attitudes and reasons for enlisting, the service of the SANLC in France, and the wider implications of the SANLC's contribution to the war effort. Notes, sum.
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