Fighting in East Africa is most well known, however, the war in Africa started in West Africa (Togoland and Kamerun), involved South West Africa (the German colony and Angola), North Africa (Egypt) and the Horn (Somaliland, Darfur and Sudan).

In addition to fighting in Africa, soldiers and labourers from the continent – mainly South and North Africa – saw service in Europe, with others seeing the end of the war in Palestine.

Extracts from WO 33/3147 Report of the Battles Nomenclature Committee on the significant engagements in Africa

East and Central Africa
Egypt and North Africa
South West and Southern Africa
West Africa

A selection of personal histories from across the theatres.

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Although focusing on East Africa, the diagram below shows the extent of contribution across Africa.

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