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The British Honduran Forestry Unit in Duns: Police Raids and Moral Panic in Wartime Scotland by Dr David Smale

During the Second World War, Britain required vast quantities of wood. The U-Boat threat and the advance of Japanese forces in the Far East meant that homegrown timber had to be harvested. Forestry units from around the Empire came to Britain including a contingent from British Honduras arriving in Duns. The talk will examine why the Hondurans were treated differently from other foreign workers in Scotland.