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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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,