June 2016 update including Battlefield Tour

West African Frontier Force: request for information
The African Heritage and Education Centre is looking for first hand accounts by rank and file and carriers who were involved in the West African Frontier campaigns of World War 1. If you have any information about first hand accounts, photos etc, which you are willing to share (and own/know who owns copyright) please get in touch with Anne.
The outcome of the research project will be a conference in October (likely at Kew), an online education pack and a mobile exhibition.

Books for sale – update
As mentioned in the late May update, GWAA has produced the first volume of The Lake Tanganyika Expedition: A primary source chronology. For the month of June, the price for GWAA members is £35 excl postage and packaging, after which the price will increase to £40. The book will only be available through GWAA direct or Lulu.com (It’s worth checking the Lulu homepage to see if there are discounts you can use). GWAA is really pleased that The National Archives have endorsed the book.

Gerald Rillings and others have provided GWAA with a list of books for sale – purchase of these books includes a donation to the upkeep of GWAA.

Keith Steward has a special liminted print of The Lieutenant John Bruce Cairnie 5th/4th KAR War Diary October 1817 to Jan 1919. It includes an index, and two A0 maps. The estimated cost is £65 plus postage and packaging.
He also has a copy of Uganda Volunteers & the war by one of them (Lieut CJ Phillips) for £32 plus postage.
Contact Keith direct to arrange purchase. (Keith’s details can be obtained through GWAA, if needed).

Other News
Oliver Schulten has updated his bibliography of the African theatres during World War 1. This is available under resources. If you are looking for published material on the theatres, it is worth consulting both Oliver’s list and the GWAA Bibliography.

Kilimanjaro Battlefield Tour – 19-28 March 2017
Join Anne and Harry Fecitt between 22 March and 28 March following in the footsteps (roughly) of the advance on Moshi. We circle Mount Kilimanjaro following van Deventer’s route into Moshi and do Stewart’s in reverse. We’ll take in a number of German sites.
There is a three day additional option with James Willson to explore the British bases in Tsavo including Maktau, Mbuyuni and Salaita Hill.
Details of the Kilimanjaro toure are below.

Author: Anne

Publications: Britain, South Africa and the East Africa Campaign 1914-1918: the Union comes of age (IB Tauris, 2005) World War I in Africa: The Forgotten Conflict Among the European Powers (International Library of Twentieth Century History; IB Tauris, 2013) I am a London-based South African historian working on British and South African relations over Africa from 1910 onwards. My main focus to date has been the First World War although I am also working on later periods. In technical terms, I would be classified as a geo-political and war historian as opposed to a military expert. My overarching interest is British and South African relations over Africa from Union until 1994 and have done some work on South Africa’s ‘non-war’ in Angola in the 1970s-1990s as well as starting on WW2. The main focus of my work is trying to understand what it was all for (interlinking of politics and reality as well as remembrance). All my history work is done as an Independent Scholar at present not affiliated to any university (although I work for 2 – in other faculties). I’ve done this purposefully to keep my independence in terms of interest and focus. My husband, John, and I have travelled quite a bit of Tanzania as I also volunteer as an education adviser for an education charity in the Kilimanjaro area of Tanzania. Amongst other things, we’ve “done” Liemba and visited Tanga, Mikindani, Abercorn, Chembeshi and southern Malawi. John’s interest in East Africa is seeing the countryside and wildlife and taking photos – thank goodness all those battlefields are in reserves! – so we can combine our interests.

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