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Botswana 1939–1945An African Country at War$
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Ashley Jackson

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198207641

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207641.001.0001

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At War: Welfare, Discipline, Race Relations, and Recreation

At War: Welfare, Discipline, Race Relations, and Recreation

(p.79) 4 At War: Welfare, Discipline, Race Relations, and Recreation
Botswana 1939–1945

Ashley Jackson

Oxford University Press

Because the Botswana troops were of a different origin and were generally unfamiliar with the military system, their effectiveness as soldiers mainly depended on those who served as liasons between them, the other soldiers they worked with, and the British officers, which included the following: the British welfare officers, the Botswana RSMs, and the sergeants who were in charge of leading their men in daily responsibilities and dealt with the concerns and grievances of these soldiers in terms of matters of both army life and home. Aside from providing the necessary communications network for keeping in touch with the families these soldiers had left at home, the HC and the DO ensured that the soldiers received the most sympathetic treatment possible during warfare. This chapter looks into various aspects of welfare and how the soldiers were with disciplined at war. It also examines how the soldiers were able to learn more about white people, ‘white prestige’, and other such issues of race relations, along with investigating how the soldiers kept themselves busy when they were off duty.

Keywords:   Botswana troops, welfare officers, Botswana RSMs, sympathetic treatment, communications network, race relations, welfare, off duty, recreation, discipline

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