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Timothy J Stapleton
Hardback - 188 pages
Publisher: Wilfred Laurier University Press (Canada) 2006
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First history of the only primarily African military unit from Zimbabwe to fight in the First World War. Recruited from the migrant labour network, most African soldiers in the RNR were originally miners or farm workers from what are now Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, and Malawi. Like others across the world, they joined the army for a variety of reason, chief among them a desire to escape low pay and horrible working conditions. The RNR participated in some of the key engagements of the German East Africa campaign's later phase, subsisting on extremely meagre rations and suffering from tropical diseases and exhaustion.