September Update

September is the month in which South Africans remember the Battle for Square Hill in Palestine. Many of the men who went from Africa to serve in Palestine had previously seen service in East Africa. Invariably, having been invalided to the Union of South Africa, if the men were passed fit on recovery they were permitted to serve elsewhere.

This provides an appropriate introduction for the Great War in Africa Medical Project that GWAA is embarking upon. The attached document sets out the broad details and ways you can get involved – this will hopefully be a truely international project with information from all theatres in all languages being brought together in one place.

Time is running out to book your place on the Kilimajaro Battlefield tour. Please do get in touch if you are interested/planning to join Harry Fecitt and myself.

For those who think East Africa gets too much of a mention, there’s a day of talks, documents and an opportunity to ask those research questions free of charge at The National Archives, Kew on 15 October. Details here

Other news

Oliver Schulten has updated his Bibliography of World War 1 in Africa. It can be found on the list of Sources of information and links

Thanks to @WW1EACampaign for drawing attention to the following WW1 Africa related items:
East Africa stamps, medals, coins
Memorial in Brussels for those who lost their lives in the battle for Tabora, 1916 (100 years ago this month)

Naval History is a wonderful site to discover what ships were up to in African waters.
HMS Trent August 1916 in East African waters

Michael Pesek reposted one of his earlier blogs – containing the names of German dead from 11 Feldkompanie. He has supplemented the images with a write-up in German.

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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