“Today Europe celebrates the 75th anniversary of victory in Europe - VE Day, the end of World War II in Europe (although the war in Asia and the Pacific was to continue).
Now is also a time to recognise the efforts of those of African descent who fought on Europe’s soil to aid the allied forces victory over Germany and their allies.
Many Africans fought across different continents during World War II, including Europe, Africa, and Asia. There were many who volunteered, but also many who were forced to fight for their colonial masters.
Their participation was not limited to support roles – as sometimes suggested. They also more than often fought bravely as active service people, and often received little or no recognition.
They were major contributors to Europe’s freedom, and the ensuing peace.” via: @asoglobal
Photo 1: Jaston Khosa, a Zambian in his late 90s and a veteran of Britain’s colonial military, on Nov. 27, 2018. Earlier that day, he spoke with Britain’s Prince Harry at a veterans meet-and-greet to coincide with Armistice Day commemorations, before returning to his home in a shantytown on the edge of the capital, Lusaka. (Jack Losh for Foreign Policy) .
Photo 2: West Indians in the Royal Air Force with the secretary of state for the colonies during a passing out parade in 1944 (Photo: © IWM CH 13849)
Photo 3:This Senegalese soldier served with the French army in 1942 (https://www.dw.com/en/africas-forgotten-world-war-ii-veterans/a-53358115)
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