While drinking in a military bar a South African pilot was slamming back drinks with the army grunts he was going to do military maneuvers with. The infantry men knew he was one of the best but claimed that in a ball clanging contest their Boer balls would defeat any meek flying jockey. So the pilot made a pledge the next day that he could make them eat dirt.
By September 1941 there were nearly 60,000 South African troops in Egypt, 15,000 of them black: all had volunteered to serve outside South Africa, and wore an orange strip on their epaulettes to mark the fact. 1st South African Division was bloodily engaged during Operation Crusader, and the over 10,000 South Africans were captured when Tobruk fell. These South Africans take cover while their truck is bombed, June 4, 1942.