Sources of Information

* The excel spreadsheets listed below contain referenced material – names, ships, places, lists of books, articles, poetry, novels, films, pamphlets and online newspapers of the African campaigns. The files can be downloaded and sorted for personal use.
* South African Military Personnel Cards are being added to the site for reference and personal use. This is courtesy of the SANDF Document Centre which should be acknowledged accordingly. (Note: The images are not of publication quality, better quality images/scans can be obtained on request)
* A selection of Maps are made available courtesy of Noel Donagh who is happy to collaborate with others interested in mapping.
Below the spreadsheets are links to other reference sources which might be of interest.

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Books to Purchase

Reviews submitted to GWAA
Ed Yorke: Guerrillas of Tsavo by James Willson

Non-fiction on the Great War in East Africa
Novels and films on the East Africa Campaign (chronological order taken from the list above).

Oliver Schulten has produced a 273 page Bibliography Africa First World War 2018. The titles from this edition still need to be cross-referenced with the GWAA bibliography for researchers wanting access to other information about the texts.

Articles from 1914-1918 contains articles published during the war including a section on Africa

Free online books and newspapers contains some books relevant to Africa in World War 1 – always worth a check

Harry’s Africa: contains short summary articles on campaigns in Africa. Others are linked on the chronologies above.

Blog postings, including reviews, by thesamsonsedhistorian on World War 1 in Africa

Photos and Memorials

Other links where the Great War in Africa is mentioned

25th Royal Fusiliers:

Aerodrome Forum:

Ancestors of Nigel (O’Neil) Driscoll:

Anne Samson Historian:

Auckland City Library for photos on GSWA and EA (search Africa and 1914):

Axis History:

Belgian State Archives:

Blackwood Magazine 1918 (852 pages):

British and Commonwealth Military Badge Forum:

British Empire at War Research Group:

British South Africa Police:

Cambridge Forecast Group – Colonial and Military globalisation World War 1 in Africa (not updated since 2013):

Commonwealth War Graves Commission:

Cross & Cockade International (air war):

Chakoten: Danish Military Historical Society:

Der Bildbestand der Deutschen Kolonialgesellschaft in der Universitätsbibliothek
Frankfurt am Main:

Deutsches Historisches Museum:

Deutsche Schutzgebiete:

Deutsch-Sudwes Afrika: Kassenscheine des Gouvernements 1914:

Diversity House: Breaking the myths
Oral History soundcloud

Europeana 1914-1918:

Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania in Moshi, Tanzania (contains some records related to the war years 1914-1918):

First World War Society:

Force Publique:

Forces Postal History Society:

Forum Eerste Wereldoorlog:

Gentleman’s Military Interest Group:

German Colonial Uniforms (Guns of SMS Konigsberg; Aircraft):

German History Documents (German Historical Institute):

German South West Africa – Order of Battle (list of contingents involved):

German War Memorial Website:

gillww1: contains information on KAR; RNAS in East Africa

Graham’s Blog (Lake Tanganyika):

Great North Road:

Great War Blog:

Guide to First World War Collections (JISC)
Guide to First World War Collections (This JISC guide provides information on which archive, museum or library across the UK has material relevant to the First World War)

Histomil Historica:

Ike Skelton Combined Arms Research Library Digital Library

IlissAfrica (online library for SubSahara Africa):

Imperial War Museum, London: (documents and photos)
East Africa search: here

Index of the Regiments and Corps of South Africa:

In From the Cold:

International Guild of Battlefield Guides:

International Network for the study of Africa and the Great War:

King’s African Rifles and East African Forces Association:

Languages and the First World War

Lancashire Infantry Museum:

Legion of Frontiersmen:

Legion of Frontiersmen, University of Alberta archive, Bruce Peel Collection

Lettow-Vorbeck Family site:

Library of Congress newspaper collection

Liddell Hart Collection, King’s College London:

Machine Gun Corps Old Comrades Association:

Masonic Great War Project:

Memorial Gates Trust, Constitution Hill, London:

“Memórias da I Guerra Mundial (1914-1918)” [Memories of the First World War (1914-1918):órias-da-I-Guerra-Mundial-1914-1918/185749874875651


The National Archives, London:
See this link for finding information on WW1
Africa blog posts including WW1

The National Archives, London ‘Through a lens’ collection of photographs:

Naval History:

Northern Tanzania (an information resource from published sources):

On Call in Africa 1910-1932 – Dr Norman Parsons Jewell in Seychelles and East Africa:

Orders and Medals Society:

Penn State African Photos Collection:

The Regimental Museum of the Transvaal Scottish:


Rhodesian African Rifles:


Royal Logistics Corps (for Army Service Corps records):

Royal Museum of the Army and Military History, Brussels, Belgium:”

Royal Naval Medal Index:

SAAF Forum:

Samuel Steele Collection, University of Alberta (Legion of Frontiersmen):

South African Legion:

South African Military History Society:

South African National Archives:

South African National Defence Archives:

South Africa Remembers:

South African War Graves has the names and cemeteries of those who died in South Africa during World War One:

Stichting Studiecentrum Eerste Wereldoorlog:

Token Coins:


Volksbund (German War Graves):

War Office Archive (British):

Western Front Association:

Witwatersrand Rifles:

World War One Centenary: Continuations and Beginnings:

World War 1 Document Archive with link to World War 1 Discussion List:

World War 1 documenting the first total war of the Twentieth Century (Yale University):

World War One Historical Association:

World War One Historical Association – Tripwire:

World War One Historical sites in Kenya:

The Yorkshire Regiment:

Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO):

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