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Author Topic: Starting my British Force for Burma: African Detour 09Jan21  (Read 1937 times)

Offline Digits

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Re: Starting my British Force for Burma
« Reply #15 on: September 30, 2020, 11:48:59 PM »
Except Cameroon was both French and British (British in the north next to Nigeria)...formally German during WW1.

If Wiki is to be believed, some 3,500 fought for Britain in WW2...admittedly not many.
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Re: Starting my British Force for Burma
« Reply #16 on: September 30, 2020, 11:58:02 PM »
Cameroon was on the other side in the Great War, by the time of the sequel there were three Cameroons (sort of). The victorious Brits and French divided German Kamerun between them. The Brits got two non-contiguous parts, Northern Cameroons and Southern Cameroons (Known collectively as British Cameroons) while the French got the bulk of the colony, it becoming the French mandate of Cameroun.

Interestingly, the Belgians, who also participated in yanking Kamerun from Germany's grasp, didn't get anything for their trouble.

Due to British Cameroons both having a border with Nigeria I suppose it is perfectly possible that Nigeria recruited from there. That is mere speculation, mind, I have no solid info on that.
 
When independence rolled around plebiscites were held, with Southern Cameroons opting to join the Republic of Cameroon, while the people of Northern Cameroons decided they  wanted to be Nigerians, which I think they still are.



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Re: Starting my British Force for Burma
« Reply #17 on: September 30, 2020, 11:58:41 PM »
Digits beat me to it! :)




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Re: Starting my British Force for Burma
« Reply #18 on: October 01, 2020, 12:04:20 AM »
Only just.  ;)

I lived in Edea, about 2 hours from Douala (probably less now with good roads...back then,  not so good.) Firmly French speaking where I was.

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Re: Starting my British Force for Burma
« Reply #19 on: October 01, 2020, 09:36:13 AM »
Cheers lads, I stand totally corrected (and educated)! :)

That notwithstanding, there wasn't a Cameroon Regiment.  However, on reading up, lots of Cameroon lads joined up with the Nigeria Regiment.   :)
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Re: Starting my British Force for Burma
« Reply #20 on: October 01, 2020, 09:39:55 AM »
I get the impression that both British Cameroons were administered by the Nigerian colonial government, pretty much as extensions of Nigeria. Colonies of a colony, as it were. So it makes sense they would join the Nigeria Regt.




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Re: Starting my British Force for Burma
« Reply #21 on: October 01, 2020, 09:53:59 AM »
Close enough for me.  Very interesting stuff. Cheers both.

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Re: Starting my British Force for Burma
« Reply #22 on: October 02, 2020, 11:43:52 AM »
That notwithstanding, there wasn't a Cameroon Regiment.  However, on reading up, lots of Cameroon lads joined up with the Nigeria Regiment.   :)

What about the Cameroon Highlanders?  Not to be confused with the Cameroonians (Rifles), of course.  lol
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Re: Starting my British Force for Burma: Updated 05Nov20
« Reply #23 on: November 06, 2020, 12:21:58 AM »
Back with new early war troops, though some are for Singapore rather than Burma



A few more pics and details are on the blog:
https://majorthomasfoolery.blogspot.com/2020/11/more-ww2-bolt-action-british-troops-for.html

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Re: Starting my British Force for Burma: Updated 05Nov20
« Reply #24 on: November 06, 2020, 12:38:24 AM »
Fantastic! 

Don't forget that they're also perfect for Hong Kong (including the Lanchester)! :)

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Re: Starting my British Force for Burma: Updated 05Nov20
« Reply #25 on: November 08, 2020, 06:00:17 PM »
Thanks! Didn’t think about Hong Kong, but glad to know I have more uses for my Chinese terrain.

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Re: Starting my British Force for Burma: Updated 29Nov20
« Reply #26 on: November 30, 2020, 12:17:05 AM »
Next batch is off the table: Gurkhas and Sikhs


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Re: Starting my British Force for Burma: Updated 29Nov20
« Reply #27 on: November 30, 2020, 02:15:49 PM »
Beautiful, once again!  :-*

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Re: Starting my British Force for Burma: African Detour 09Jan21
« Reply #28 on: January 10, 2021, 12:51:42 AM »
Ok, I didn't think is was worth starting a new topic for this, so I'll add it here.  As some of my Burma force can pull double duty in Africa games, I took a slight detour over the holidays and picked up some items specific to the Ethiopian/Abyssinian theater.


https://majorthomasfoolery.blogspot.com/2021/01/a-detour-through-ethiopia.html

Regularly scheduled Burma updates will begin again soon.

Thanks for looking!

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Re: Starting my British Force for Burma: African Detour 09Jan21
« Reply #29 on: January 10, 2021, 09:35:57 AM »
Lovely project and painting! Great to see you are putting so much thought and work into this project.

 

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