June 2019

A fascinating image was circulated on Twitter recently. The cages look like rat-catchers to prevent plague.

Keith Steward has very kindly provided an index to Conrad Cato’s article The Navy Everywhere.

Ross Anderson has very kindly made available his publication on The Battle of Tanga which is now under his copyright. Please acknowledge accordingly if you use anything from the book.

Christian Koller article on Colonial Troop recruitment in French and British West Africa, while William Dean looks at the experience of the French West African in Europe during the war.

For readers of French, UNESCO has an article on the consequences of World War 1 in Africa.

The East India Club has an article on East Africa during World War 1.

A collection of photos by Lieutenant Robert Vincent who served with the Belgian Force Publique in the Royal Library of Belgium. Each tab contains a number of photos – click on the camera icon or document to download.

An index of Old Africa articles has been started. If you know of any relevant articles, please send the details so they can be added. They will also be available on the general bibliography.

African Studies Association supports academia in Africa. If you know of an African working on WW1 Africa who is struggling to get their work published in Europe or the USA, this might be of interest. It would be helpful to let me know too as I am liaising with various people/organisations to try and overcome the publishing hurdles all researchers of WW1 Africa seem to be facing.

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May 2019

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office take on Africa’s Great War.

Brian Tarpey has kindly provided a short overview of Charles Futcher Smith of the 25th Royal Fusiliers Legion of Frontiersmen. It has been added to the other Personal Histories. More on the 25th Fusiliers and the Legion of Frontiersmen.

Intelligence galantry awards for East Africa by Harry Fecitt.

The Royal Marines were involved in the Battle of Trekkoppies in German South West Africa. Here’s a little more about Trekkoppies and a bit more academic, and locally in Namibia: overview, insignia in the desert. More digging is required to find out what the Marines did though.

A fascinating collection of items including Africa during World War 1, items 21-33

Diary of Battery Quartermaster Sergeant GJ Maker: A Narrative of the Right Section, 5th Mountain Battery, South African Mounted Riflemen. Central African Imperial Service Contingent, Nyasaland, 1915 – 1918. Part 1 ; Part 2

Keeping with Nyasaland, there’s a 1922 summary of the war by SS Murray in the Handbook of Nyasaland.

And interestingly on ebay there was a copy of Karonga Kronicles for sale during April. Thanks to Julian from Languages World War 1 for the link.

The 1914-1918 Encyclopedia team are looking for articles on Africa in World War 1 – I spotted ,em>4 on the list.

For anyone who wants to revisit the 2015 BBC discussion on Tanzania in World War 1, you can do so here. Thanks to Steve Eeles for sending in the link.

Sadly, member Kenneth Steuer passed away. He was looking into aspects of American YMCA in East Africa during the war. A few of us had the privilege of meeting Kenneth at the 2016 conference in Stellenbosch. Although Africa isn’t mentioned, here is a forerunner publication.

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April 2019

Why South African Wijnand Vic Hamman who died in France in 1917 has two graves – by Emile Coetzee

Thomas Royer has started bringing together information on Zanzibar in WW1.

Michelle Moyd’s Ordeal and Opportunity: Ending the First World War in Africa was published in The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, Winter 2019, vol 43:1

Fernando Rita on The First World War in Mozambique and
Luis Barroso on The First World War in Angola

There is an interesting forum discussion about the Konigsberg guns and what happened to them after the war. A pity I didn’t have the info for an article published in SA in November.

Following some enquiries around Namibia/South West Africa recently, this 2015 review might be of interest. And a search on Namibiana.

Geoff Pocock has a collection of essays published in The Frontiers of Truth – accounts of the Legion of Frontiersmen, some of whom served with the 25th Royal Fusiliers in East Africa.

Douglas Duncan, the grandson of EL Lindsay who was present at the laying down on arms on 25 November 1918 is having his grandfather’s photographs enhanced and which will be available for purchase. If you are interested, please let me know so I can put you in touch with Douglas.

Don’t forget to see what’s in the bookshop. More coming in the next few weeks.
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