Western Desert: This South African sapper is carrying a load of death -- German anti-tank mines Mk.IV. Sappers were a little less concerned when dealing with the big boy busters -- they wouldn't explode if a human stepped on them.
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.