GWA Conference – deadline for booking 26 April

Attached is the draft programme for the Great War Africa Conference on 3-4 May.
(A copy is also displayed below – to see page 2, hover your mouse at the bottom of the document and various options will appear, including print)
If you are intending to join us for one or both days, please complete and submit your registration form by 26 April (to assist with catering).

The cost of attending both days of the conference is £70, one day is £35. Details of how to pay are on the Registration form.

There will be a conference dinner on the evening of 3 May at Don Fernando’s in Richmond (next to the station). If you are interested in attending that, please let us know when you submit your registration form.

Finally, there will be some books on sale at the conference – all World War 1 related. A list of what will be available will be posted in due course.

We hope to see you in May.


April 2016 including Conference update

Thanks to Ed Yorke for bringing to our attention the special WW1 edition of British Journal for Military History vol 2, No 2 (2015). It contains an article by him on Northern Rhodesia.

On Call in Africa in War and Peace 1910-1932 by Norman Parsons Jewell is finally available – it’s had good reviews by Ann Crichton-Harris and James Willson amongst others whilst Ed Paice wrote the foreword. I’m naturally biased in the book’s favour as I was involved in compiling Part 2 and putting WW1 events in context. It is a very rich source on medical aspects of WW1 Africa especially as Norman was in charge of 3 East Africa Field Force. Tony Jewell will be presenting a paper on the book at the GWAA Conference in May and copies of the book will be on sale.

Alex Calvo has written a blog covering WW1 through tweets – GWAA and James Willson’s Guerrillas of Tsavo are mentioned.

Harry Fecitt has a new article on The Soldier’s Burden. It’s on The Mounted Infantry Company

The 1914-1918 encylcopedia currently has 159 papers on the First World War in Africa by various contributors, some of whom are GWAA members. I’ll look to do an overview of these in due course.

Updates to the Site
Two new Calls for Papers have been posted – see the Forum for details.

Conference Update
We’re still waiting for confirmation from 6 speakers which will hopefully come through asap. A draft programme will follow in the next week or so, but in the meantime, I thought I’d share the details of those which have been confirmed.
Hope to have you join us for an exciting two days. To register, please complete the GWA Registration 2016 form.
There will also be various books on sale. A list of these will be made available before the conference too.

Confirmed speakers
Tuesday 3 May

1. Miguel Freire – South Angola (1914-15): two expeditions, two enemies, one painful campaign
2. Ana Paula Pires, Antonio Duarte, Bruno Reis – The Portuguese Empire in Africa and the First World War
3. Tony Jewell – ‘On Call in Africa – in War and Peace 1910-1932′
4. Brad Faught – The writer, her brother and the general in wartime British East Africa: Karen Blixen, Thomas Dinesen and Paul von Lettow Vorbeck
5. James Hagerty – Padres, Missionaries and the Military: the war diary of the Senior Catholic chaplains in East Africa, 1914-1919
6. Nigel Davies – ‘Forgotten Citizens and Servicemen: The West African Contribution to the First World War’
7. Lanver Mak – Diversity in Adversity: The British in Egypt during the First World War
8. Kris Quanten – The First World War in German East Africa and the forgotten role of the Belgian Colonial Force Publique (1916-1917)

Wednesday 4 May
1. Gavan Duffy – Combatants, Prisoners or Settlers?: South African polices towards the Germans of Namibia, 1914-1918
2. Neil Parsons – South African Film Production during and related to the Great War
3. George Njung – ‘Death by the bayonet’: The brutal impact of the Cameroon campaign of the Great War on women, children and other civilian populations
4. David Boyd – Bridging the Gap (Northern Tanganyika)
5. Celia Reis – Germans and British in St Vincent, Cape Verde
6. Dan Guilfoyle – War diaries and beyond – researching the Great War in Africa at The National Archives