The UK's wartime debt to the colonies.

Author:Sherwood, M.
Position:Renders' Views: LETTERS & COMMENTS - Letter to the editor
 
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Referring to Clayton Goodwin's article, "Brixton--A slap in the face of racial animosity" (NA, November 2017), discussing the monument erected in Brixton in honour of the contribution of African and Caribbean soldiers in the two world wars, I would like to add that apart from the many who fought for Britain, the "Mother Country" could not have survived/fought/won WWII without: the food sent from the colonies--for example, cattle from Tanganyika (now Tanzania); wheat and tea from Kenya; fish, grain and sugar from India.

The bauxite and other minerals, as well as rubber needed to manufacture planes, ships and weaponry came from the colonies; much of the oil to fly the planes came from Trinidad.

Workers "conscripted", if paid at all, received even less than the pittance paid to regular workers. The companies involved made fortunes: for example, the "consolidated net profit" of the...

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