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A Yao askari, Kings African Rifles, 1914 circa (w / c)

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A Yao askari, Kings African Rifles, 1914 circa (w / c)

5920232 A Yao askari, Kings African Rifles, 1914 circa (w/c) by Browne (fl.c.1914); National Army Museum, London; (add.info.: A Yao askari, Kings African Rifles, 1914.
Watercolour by Browne, 1914 circa.
The Yao were a Moslem people from the region around the southern part of Lake Malawi (formerly in British Nyasaland). They formed the main source of recruits for the Kings African Rifles Nyasaland battalions. Originally, the main reason for the large number of Yao volunteers was probably the simple fact that the recruitment office was near Yao areas. However, due to prevailing racial ideals the British interpreted this as a sign of their martial spirit. This led to an active official policy of enlisting the Yao, which in turn made military service ever more attractive among this group.); © National Army Museum; out of copyright

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The captivating print titled "A Yao askari, Kings African Rifles, 1914 circa" by Browne showcases a remarkable watercolor depiction of a Yao askari from the Kings African Rifles. Created around 1914, this artwork can be found at the National Army Museum in London. The Yao people were predominantly Muslim and hailed from the southern region of Lake Malawi, which was formerly known as British Nyasaland. They played a crucial role in providing recruits for the Kings African Rifles Nyasaland battalions. Initially, their proximity to the recruitment office may have been the primary reason for their high numbers among volunteers. However, due to prevailing racial ideals held by the British at that time, this was seen as an indication of their martial spirit. As a result, an official policy was implemented to actively enlist more Yao individuals into military service. This policy further enhanced the appeal of joining the military within this community. This historical photograph offers us a glimpse into both cultural diversity and colonial dynamics during that era. It serves as a reminder of how interpretations based on race influenced decisions and policies made by those in power. Displayed proudly at the National Army Museum in London, this image is not only visually striking but also holds significant historical value regarding recruitment practices and representation within armed forces during early 20th-century Africa.

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