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Presents an account of the tragic sinking of the troopship Mendi in the English Channel in 1917, where more than 600 black South Africans lost their lives. This book presents a detailed picture of the South African Native Labour Contingent recruited to support the Allied armies in France.
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Book Description University of Natal Press, Pietermaritzburg, 1987. Softcover. Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition.. Softcover. Interesting and important account. 204pp., ills., notes, Roll of honour, index. vgc card covers. Seller Inventory # 21660
Book Description University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, Pietermaritburg, 1987. Soft Cover. Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. First Edition. Pages xvi + 204, including index with a few illustrations. The sinking of the 'Mendi' is the central episode in this book. The rest of the book presents a full picture of the South African Native Labour Contingent, recruited tin 1916 and 1917 to support the Allied armies in France. In the early morning of 17 February 1917 a troop ship making its way to France was rammed by another ship coming out of the morning fog. The troop ship, The Mendi, quickly sank in the English Channel and 600 of the black South African troops lost their lives making this one of South Africa's greatest military disasters. (Rolcons-AIWY-1S) Size: Trade Paperback. Seller Inventory # 150049