Film footage – Africa at war 1914-1945

Links are to the Colonial Film website which contains a good synopsis and other details of each film.

1915 – Outposts Of Empire: British East African Troops Entraining On An Expedition Against German Territory (footage held by BFI: ID: 512962)
1916 – Operations of the British Expeditionary Forces in East Africa – Cherry Kearton (25th Royal Fusiliers (Legion of Frontiersmen) footage held by Imperial War Museum: ID: IWM 84)
1928 – Safari in East Africa featuring the 5th Battalion King’s East African Rifles returning from a route march (footage held by BFI: ID: 457935)
1930 – King’s African Rifles on parade (footage held by BFI: ID: 603060)
1940 – British News No. 22: SOUTH AFRICA BUILDS ITS OWN ARMOURED CARS; SOUTH AFRICAN TROOPS IN KENYA (footage held by BFI: ID: 671099)
1940 – Men of Africa – no mention of the war despite being released during the conflict: synopsis states: Development programmes in Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika illustrate that “even in the midst of war, Great Britain does not shirk her responsibilities to her colonies.” – contrast with 1945 Father and Son (footage held by BFI: ID: 13340 and Imperial War Museum: ID: CCE 200)
1941 – War Came to Kenya (footage held by Imperial War Museum: ID: CCE 202)
1942 – Showing Natives Of East Africa Being Taught And Trained To Become Effective Units Of A Water Transport Company (footage held by Imperial War Museum: ID: AYY 832)
1943 – British News No. 152: INDIANS IN TUNIS; KENYA POLICE AT FOOTBALL; LIGHTER MOMENTS IN THE DESERT; SOUTH AFRICA COAST DEFENCE (footage held by BFI: ID: 671317)
1944 – Lt. Gen. Stone Presents B.E.M. To East African Private Valentino Owori of the East African Pioneer Corps (footage held by Imperial War Museum: ID: AYY 754)
1944 – Road to Victory – South African Army at war (footage held by Imperial War Museum: ID: COI 839)
1944 – East Africa Army Exhibition in Nairobi in September 1944 (footage at Imperial War Museum: ID: AYY 809)
1944 – An East African Army Field Bakery (footage held by Imperial War Museum: ID: AYY 1171)
1944 – An East African Entertainment Unit (footage held by Imperial War Museum: ID: AYY 1172)
1945 – Father and Son British Navy, generation/cultural topics – watch online
1945 = East African Chiefs in Colombo – heads of tribes represented in 11th East African Division fighting in Burma (footage held by Imperial War Museum: ID: JFU 271)
1945 – African Home Life – recruiting for King’s African Rifles (footage held by BFI: ID: 3003)
1945 – Lieutenant-General Sir Oliver Leese visits 11th East African Division – Leese was commander Allied Land Forces South East Asia (ALFSEA) (footage held by Imperial War Museum: ID: JFU 260)
1945 – No 1 East African Entertainment Unit (footage held by Imperial War Museum: ID: JFU 259)
1945 – Colonial Cinemagazine No.3 – rehabilitation of African soldiers in East Africa and a victory parade in Nairobi (footage held by BFI: ID: 4625)
1946 – Colonial troops in England for the Victory Parade on 8 June 1946 (footage held by BFI: ID: 21304)

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