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Bengal Entertainment Services Association

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Anthony Report 27 Oct 2013 09:23

If you have family connections to B.E.S.A. (Bengal Entertainment Services Association) please contact me.
BESA was a unit based in Calcutta that entertained troops across Bengal,Bihar, Orissa , Assam and even into Burma. It existed from 1942 until October 1942 when the better known ENSA organisation absorbed it. Servicemen with talents as actors, singers or musicians were recruited from India-based Army and RAF units. This was the real story of "It Ain't Half Hot Mum", with performances given in difficult and dangerous locations in the face of malaria and monsoons. The achievements of those involved deserve to be better-known.

Tony Green