A destroyed Daimler Ferret scout car of the Nigerian Army (NA3062), seen at Abagana following fighting during the Nigerian Civil (Biafran) War.
Loose black and white print. With an 'official' stamp in purple on the reverse, along with a hand-written number and paper label with typed details glued to the reverse.
The short Nigerian Civil War (Biafran War) saw a brutal campaign between the recently independent British colony and the secessionist state of Biafra which felt persecuted as a result of years of political unrest and inter-ethnic pograms. The war was one of the Cold War period's most deadly conflicts. Between July 1967 and January 1970, up to 100,000 military died and an estimated half a million to two million civilians starved from the resulting famine. The war is also one of the most complex of the Cold War's many proxy conflicts that affected decolonised countries in Africa. In that Britain and the Soviet Union, opposing Cold War factions, both supported the Nigerian government with arms and money. Yet, western allies France and Israel supported the Biafran cause. Many western mercenaries also fought for Biafra. Interventions by 'first world' countries undoubtedly extended the war and contributed to the suffering of millions of civilians.
The photographs are stamped as coming from the "Ministry of Information" of the Republic of Biafra, a self-declared nation which only existed for the two and half years duration of the secessionist movement.