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AFRICAN-AMERICAN SOLDIERS IN AUSTRALIA

AFRICAN-AMERICAN SOLDIERS IN AUSTRALIA DURING WORLD WAR II

A very interesting site (work in progress).

Excerpt from the homepage:

On 29 March 1942, General Douglas MacArthur announced his support for the Australian Government's proposal that no more African-American soldiers be sent to Australia during World War 2. The proposal also suggested that those units that were already in Australia should be sent to New Caledonia or India. General Douglas MacArthur said:-

"I will do everything possible to prevent friction or resentment on the part of the Australian government and people at the presence of American colored troops ... Their policy of exclusion against everyone except the white race known locally as the 'White Australia' plan is universally supported here".

There is also a link to Bishop John A. Gregg and Chaplain DeVeaux's
inspection tour of black troops in Australia in 1943.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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