WHAT DID THE SOUTH AFRICANS DO IN WW2?

You can name the US divisions who landed on the shores of Normandy, you can recall the Canadian units who fought at Falaise, you know the OOB for the British at Arnhem and the bravery of the Polish at Monte Cassino but can you tell us about the part that South African forces played in the Second World War.

One of our members Panzer Kraut has set out to right the wrong of the forgotten army who fought alongside the Allied powers in WW2.  In his view the sacrifice and bravery of the South African units involved in the fighting has long been overlooked and he has carried out some research to share with the us and the wider military history community to enlighten us on the actions that South African combatants got involved in.  But not only that, he has put together some really informative threads detailing South African air power, its armour marking and the like.  A selection of the threads are below.  Be sure to check them out and learn about the valuable role South Africa played as one of our Allies in WW2.  And be sure to keep an eye out for future threads in the History section of the Forum.

6th South African Armoured Division (Italy 1944 – 1945) – Small History & Bibliography

6th South African Armoured Division (Italy 1944 – 1945) – Colour Schemes, Tactical Markings & Insignia’s

6th South African Armoured Division (Italy 1944 – 1945) – The Battle for Chiusi, June 21st, 1944 – The Only South African Surrender In Italy

6th South African Armoured Division (Italy 1944 – 1945) – The Battle of Celleno, June 10th, 1944 – South Africas First Victory In Italy

6th South African Armoured Division (Italy 1944 – 1945) – The Battle of Hell-House, July 25th, 1944 – The Story Behind the Famed Military Museum Photo

South African Airforce (Italy 1944 – 1945)

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