May 2018

Changes to Imperial War Museum document and library ordering

Thanks to Warwick Hojem for this little gem: The first South African train driver into GSWA in 1915.

Another little gem came through a contact in Kenya – a video exploring the African view of the war. It’s recorded by Josephine Niala and features GWAA member James Willson (Guerrillas of Tsavo). Knowledge of the wars in Africa is spreading…

Kathy Munro writes about the Durban War Memorial
and Peter Dickenson on Western Front VC winner, Reginald Hayward

Last month I mentioned Kevin Patience’s new book but forgot to include the details. They can be found here

For those interested in the West African campaigns and who can read French, Memoires des Hommes has scanned diaries for each of the campaigns. There are also diaries or accounts of the African cavalry who served in Europe.
There are some basic helpful maps of the various campaigns on Weapons and WarfareSouth African sculpture and artist has an exhibition on the Carrier of World War 1 in London and the US: Tate 11-15 July 2018 and Park Avenue Amory 4-15 Dec 2018. Some time ago he spoke to Denis Hirson about a previous exhibiton.

Some photos of the crew of zeppelin L-59 can be found at (3 in all). Weapons and Warfare include a bit on the German doctor Max Zupitza who had served in GSWA who was a member of the L-59 crew.

The National Army Museum have created some resources for teaching the East Africa campaign. Thanks to Away From the Western Front for bringing it to attention.

Another photo here – how genuine do you think this photo/print of a British armoured care in East Africa is?

Away From the Western Front newsletter contains a short write-up on the Pike Report which was transcribed as part of this project. There is also an appeal for a current military regiment to be involved in a discussion on how medical aspects compare between WW1 and today. Please get in touch if you can help.

Conference in South Africa
The GWAA is co-hosting a conference at Unisa, Pretoria, South Africa on 12-13 November 2018 on the aftermath of the Great War on southern Africa. You can see the call for papers here. Please share with anyone you think might have an interest – they don’t have to be an historian.

Centenary publication
Invitations have been sent inviting a range of people interested in World War 1 in Africa to contribute a piece on why the war in Africa should be remembered. If you have not received an invitation and would like to contribute a thought piece, please get in touch.

Finally, as many of you (especially UK based) know data protection is being more stringently reinforced from 25 May 2018. One of the big changes is that you, the recipient of information, need to opt in to receive this and I’m meant to get each of you to authorise being a member of GWAA. However, I am not going to do this as the forum aspect of the site has been removed for some months now and it is only the newsletter which goes out anonymously to people across the globe, a number who are not affected by the UK/EU legislation.
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I also need to let you know how the data GWAA holds is used.
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