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The forgotten army: ‘In the jungle the Japanese are just like a snake’ – video

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The role of Indians and Gurkhas is known. But when Allied commander General William Slim thanked his 14th army at the end of the campaign, he did not even mention the Africans.

Nigerians made up more than half of the total force of 90,000 West African soldiers deployed to South East Asia after 1943 as part of the British Army’s 81st and 82nd (West Africa) Divisions. Although the Burma campaign ended 64 years ago, many remain bitter that their contribution was never adequately recognised. This is their remarkable story.

With exclusive never before seen footage of West Africa divisions fighting in Burma, courtesy of the Imperial War Museum

Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League: http://www.commonwealthveterans.org.uk/

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