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Register of the Vanuatu Oral Histories of World War II MSS 435
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Description
The Vanuatu Oral Histories of World War II contains transcripts of interviews, conducted from 1987-1988, with Vanuatu men and women who experienced the war. The bulk of these transcripts are in Bislama, and describe topics such as the arrival of the US fleet, black soldiers, and the effects of war on wages.
Background
During World War II, Allied military bases were established on the islands of Éfaté and Espiritu Santo in Vanuatu. While the Solomon Islands experienced both land and sea battles, Vanuatu was spared from much of the actual fighting. People's lives were instead caught up in wartime work - officially and unofficially - for the foreign military now inhabiting the area.
Extent
0.4 Linear feet (one records carton)
Restrictions
Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.