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South African World War II PORTAL

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PORTAL (master project) for South African involvement during World War II.

At the moment there aren't many projects for South African involvement during WWII. Here is the start of getting some sub-projects going where we can add profiles of SA soldiers who served during the war. Please be patient as new sub-projects are added and become more user-friendly.

Please do not add profiles to this project portal - they should kindly be added to the sub-projects only.

About 334,000 men volunteered for full-time service in the South African Army during the war (including some 211,000 whites, 77,000 blacks and 46,000 coloureds and Indians). The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has records of 11,023 known South Africans who died during World War II.

LIST OF SUB-PROJECTS (current & planned)



South African WWII POWs

South African WWII POWs - ITALY Camps
South African WWII POWs - POLAND Camps
South African WWII POWs - GERMANY Camps
South African WWII POWs - LIBYA Camps
South African WWII POWs - EGYPT Camps

South African WWII Medal Recipients

South African WWII Resistance Movement Participants


Please see South African WWII PARTICIPANTS for a more comprehensive list of the WWII Theatres, Campaigns and Battles that South Africans participated in.


WWII East African Campaign 10 June 1940 – 27 November 1941

WWII North African Campaign (Geni Project) 10 June 1940 - 13 May 1943 (Including the Western Desert Campaign and the Second Battle of El Alamein). Total of South African casualties in the North African Campaign = 20,279. Battle deaths 2,104, wounded 3,928, POW 14,247.

Battle of Madagascar 5 May 1942 – 6 November 1942.

WWII Italian Campaign 10 July 1943 – 2 May 1945.

Collaborators welcome!

Please join this project & it's sub-projects, so we can find and allocate all the related profiles. This will be a collaborative effort, so help, suggestions, and advice will be welcomed. If you are interested in any of the planned projects listed, please make contact. The more interest there is in a planned project, the sooner it will get created.


International War & Military Projects Portal

World War II (main project & portal)

WWII Casualties (international)

WWII Battle of Britain

WWII Resistance Movements

WWII Italian Resistance Movements

WWII Italian POWS in Zonderwater, South Africa

WWII North African Campaign

WWII 2 Squadron SAAF pilots in the Ethiopian campaign 1941

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