October 2018

Nuno Lemos Pires has published a paper on Academia about Contradictions in the Great War concerning MozambiqueThe Imperial War Museum has a special exhibition on Africa in World War 1. It runs until March 2019.

Thomas Vennes looks at the 1915-1916 Volta-Bani War

Angelica, An international journal of English studies has two articles on Africa: Anne Samson on The End of the 1914-1918 War in Africa, and Anna Branach-Kallas on recent postcolonial First World War novels.

Various of Harry Fecitt’s articles which were on the Western Front Association website are now available here.

I missed this back in 2014, no doubt as I was in Africa. In case you missed it too for some reason, here’s a synopsis of a film about Liemba released in 2010.

Bjarne S. Bendtsen who has written about the blockade runners in a forthcoming GWAA book, sees his book ‘Mellem fronterne: om Første Verdenskrigs aftryk i dansk litteratur og kultur 1914-1939’ published during September.

Is there a World War 1 archive in Africa which would benefit from funding? Endangered Archive is open for applications until 19 November.

British Government support for WW1 commemoration in Kenya

Books on the German colonies and uniforms including World War 1 Africa

Question of authenticity:
The photo linked has the caption indicated. However, the small print on the photo is dated March 1918. My questions are:
1. Is the date of March 1918 correct? Surely the men are too spic and span for that stage of the campaign. Would they have had the luxury still of chairs and such clean uniforms?
2. The date of 1919 seems more plausible but is the ‘British’ officer British?. I can’t make out the cap badge but his buttons are different which does suggest a different force. The German officer on the right is Kraut.
General Lettow-Vorbeck in Dar es Salaam with a British Officer (left) and German Officer (right), March 1919.

September 2018 Update

The bell from SS Mendi was returned by Britain to South Africa at the end of August.

1914-1918 Encyclopedia is looking for Africa continent wide articles on food and nutrition and carriers amongst others.

A documentary by NWO Documentary Channel on the Lake Tanganyika Expedition made in 2017 was brought to attention by Jennie Upton. It’s the traditional story which contradicts itself on a few occasions, but worth a view (Youtube, 50mins). For the most complete account using all primary source material including Belgian and German, see vol 1 of The Lake Tanganyika Expedition 1914-1917: A primary source chronology. Vol 2 is due out later this year, early 2019.

Jennie Upton has published an article on Lieutenant Leslie St Legder Blakeney who served in West Africa.

An interpretation on Mozambique and the Great War by Meera Sabaratnam

For those who read French, there’s an account of the Togoland campaign from the German perspective.

Oliver Shulten has had an article published on the end of the First World War in Africa: Erste Weltkrieg: Zeitenwende 1918 (cost: 5,30 euros)

Sierra Leone in the First World War – thesis by Festis Cole, 1994

A postal history of the First World War in German East Africa by Tom Dietz.

Following a request from the British Legion for individual accounts of people who served in Africa, a page has been started to record histories which are not found elsewhere on line. If you have a WW1 Africa related personal history and would like to share it online, please get in touch. If it doesn’t go on this page because it is already online or published elsewhere, it will be linked to the In Memory lists.

The US Army Centre of Military held a conference on medicine in World War 1 – a summary of the Pike Report and other aspects was a feature of Beyond the Western Front

Keeping to the medical theme, the Central African Journal of Medicine has an online archive which is freely accessible

Your help is sought: animal sightings in your reading of WW1 in Africa.

With the centenary of the end of the war approaching, there are numerous events happening – please see the calendar for the details. The centenary commemorations in Zambia are falling into place – if you are intending to join us, please get in touch as accommodation in Mbala, in particular, is filling up quickly.

August 2018 Update

For those interested, you can see William Kentridge’s production of The Head and the Load online until 24 August.

Although the exhibition has now ended, this looks to have a very useful map showing basic Belgian movements in East Africa.

Did you know that 32 Congolese troops served in Europe? I discovered this thanks to the Belgian Minister Counsellor to Britain pointing me in the direction of Sophie de Schaepdrijver.

Andy Olver has written about Southern Rhodesia on the Western Front during World War 1
This article contains mention of Rhodesian and South African soldiers named on the Menin Gate.
Rhodesian units which served in Africa during WW1.

For a slightly different look at the war, Bill Nasson has written about the Home Front and economies in South Africa for the 1914-18 Encyclopedia

Possibly still one of the best overviews of the SANLC.

The Legion of Frontiersmen have posted some info on the 9000 which includes those who served in East Africa.

And, in case you missed it, some comments have been posted on previous posts:
Harry Fecitt on Lettow-Vorbeck
David Boyd on Road Corps

Finally, Michelle Moyd (author of Violent Intermediaries) asks some pertinent questions when dealing with images – context is crucial