Troops of the Royal West African Frontier Force in the Arakan, Burma, c.1944

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The units depicted represent part of the 81st West African Division ‘The Black Tarantulas’, during the Second World War (1939–1945). These troops acquired a formidable reputation for their ability to wage war under extremely difficult conditions. The picture depicts infantry and artillery receiving an air drop of supplies. The artist served with the HQ of the 81st Division.

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Troops of the Royal West African Frontier Force in the Arakan, Burma, c.1944




oil on canvas


H 72 x W 92 cm (E)

Accession number

NAM. 1991-07-138

Acquisition method

gift from the artist, 1991

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