Wednesday, May 13, 2009

AFRICAN SOLDIERS? DO YOU KNOW?

Can you tell me who the maker is and the names of these soldiers? I have 8 of them and don't know what to call them.

Thanks, Cindy

Cindy

Made in the 1970's by SAE (Swedish African Engineers) at their factory in Ireland. They are West African soldiers, often called Askaris, and served in the colonial armies probably prior to WW1. These are probably French, but could be Belgian or even German units. I don't recognise the uniforms.

Best wishes

John Tunstill