November 2023

Thank you to all who participated in the recent GWAA conference. We had a lovely day talking all things WW1 Africa. We trialled a small-scale hybrid system which seemed to work – the outcome of which is that our 2024 conference will be a slightly bigger hybrid event. I’m not sure of the date yet, but will announce it early in the new year. In the meantime, if you would like to contribute a paper to the next There Came a Time which will include the papers presented at the conference, please get in touch for details – expected deadline for article submission is April 2024.

Apologies for bombarding your inbox recently with new books – it was not my intention, I pressed the wrong button. However, it does provide an opportunity to let you know that GWAA is making some of its books available electronically. For a one-off fee a title can be accessed online as though you’re reading a book (the book can’t be downloaded). I’m hoping this will be an easier option than an ebook for following through on references etc. More important though, I hope it will allow researchers in Africa to access material as getting books into the various countries is proving a nightmare (and very expensive).
New books include: Oliver Schulten, A humanitarian assessment of the First World War in Africa; Melvin E Page & T Cullen Young, Nyasaland Operations during the World War, 1914-1918 and Ludwig Boell’s The Operations in East Africa.

For a statistical comparative of German colonial forces at the outbreak of war: Kolonialismus has a section on German South West Africa during the 1914-1918 war and before
Archive listings for GSWA in the German archives (schutztruppe)
Imperial Schutztruppe collections for GSWA
Schutztruppe personnel files in the German archives
GSWA administrative bodies
There are also files for Cameroon etc.
In case you’re wondering, I came across these whilst trying to answer an obscure question for someone…

CFP Health care and the Second World War seeks to highlight research that raises new questions about Medical History and Southern Africans during the First and Second World Wars in the African theatre of war. Deadline for submission of abstracts: 8 January 2024

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