October Update

Greetings all

There are a number of events and conferences coming up:

4 November 2014 – Johannesburg: Tim Couzens on his book The Great Silence: from Mushroom Valley to Delville Wood, South African forces in World War 1, 6pm Ditsong National Museum of Military History, 22 Erlsworld Way, Saxonworld. RSVP: books@sundaytimes.co.za

5 November 2014 – London: RUSI The First World War: Perspectives of the Home Front

10 November 2014 – London: Ed Paice: How the Great War razed Africa

17-20 November 2014 – Kinshasa: centenaire première guerre mondiale

22 November 2014 – I had hoped to be able to arrange a gathering in London for members, however, it has not been possible. I will look to do so for March 2015. Watch this space.

29 November 2014 – Sandhurst Military Academy: Europe and Beyond: to book

29-30 June 2015 – Stellenbosch University: The Great War in Africa

See Forum for Calls for Participation

The following articles have been brought to my attention during the past two months:

Tsavo battlefields and another on battlefield tourism

Tom Lawrence has an article on Thomas Postma (spy) in Old Africa No 54
Anthony Allen on Battle of Tanga in OMRS journal
Harry Fecitt on the 2nd Lancs in EA
There is a new Frontiersmen topic page dealing with EA

Other publication news and items of interest
Encyclopedia 1914-1918 is now live with articles and contributions being added regularly

Ross Anderson’s Forgotten Front is now available again having been reprinted

Togo WW1 centenary

Chinese Labour Corps which also served in East Africa too –

Collection of SA war propaganda posters

Finding an Indian soldier and India Office medical archives

Cultural Exchange in a Time of Global Conflict: Colonials, Neutrals and Belligerents during the First World War – If Africa doesn’t yet feature, it will be soon.

How Britain’s former dominions remember the war

Translations of Kikamba interviews (Jerry Rillings’ project)

If anyone is interested in seeing what those notorious Jigger fleas look like, the first page of this article in the Lancet will give you some idea.

Not strictly Africa but I thought this might be of interest – laws passed during World War 1

Call for information
If you have worked in an archive which has WW1 material on Africa, please share your experiences: GWAA is leading the way on providing a centralised space for WW1 African archive info across the world.
Please don’t forget to send me the titles of your articles and books dealing with the first World War in Africa. Also, get in touch if you would like to sell or publish your book through the association. We’re also hosting articles on the site – either on open access or under password protection.

Until next time,
best wishes

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The Great War in Africa Conference 2014


The Great War Africa Association and The International Network for the Study of the Great War in Africa are combining to host the 2014 conference on 14 and 15 July in Lisbon.
In recognition of the growing interest in the African theatres of the War, an interest which has spread across the globe and into various fields of study, the two organisations focusing on the Great War in Africa are continuing to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and information on the campaigns in Africa.
The conference aims at bringing together interested persons, both amateur and professional, to share and extend their knowledge of the war in Africa. The proceedings of the conference will be published.

In particular, contributions will be sought from those working on:

Military, political, social, economic or cultural themes around the campaigns
The dispute of empires including the mobilisation and strategy of the European powers towards the war in Africa
Heritage, including archival, archaeological, documentary and family history
The impact of the campaign or aspects thereof, including representations of the campaign through time, memory studies, re-enactment, literature and film

The deadline to submit an abstract or proposal of no more than 300 words is 30 April 2014. Please send your abstract/proposal and a 1 page CV or summary of talks you have given and research you’ve undertaken to:-greatwarinafrica2014@gmail.com

Working languages: Portuguese and English

Instituto de História Contemporânea at *NOVA *University of Lisbon

Students, 10 euros
Other researchers 20 euros

Conference organisers
Anne Samson, Great War in Africa Association http://gweaa.com
Ana Paula Pires, IHC-FCSH-UNL, International Network for the Study of the Great War in Africa
Maria Fernanda Rollo, IHC-FCSH-UNL, International Network for the Study of the Great War in Africa

Members of the International Network for the Study of the Great War in Africa
Ana Paula Pires (IHC-FCSH-UNL)
Anne Samson (Great War in Africa Association)
Maria Fernanda Rollo (IHC-FCSH-UNL)
Melvin E. Page, East Tennessee State University*
*Michael Neiberg (US Army War College)
Michelle Moyd (Indiana University – Bloomington)
Pierre Purseigle (Yale University)
Remy Porte (Service Historique de la Défense)
Richard Fogarty (University at Albany – SUNY)
Santanu Das (King’s College – University of London)”

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