July 2019

The next Great War in Africa conference will be held on Saturday 23 November 2019, 10am-4.30pm, at the Indian YMCA in London, Fitzroy Square.
Please get in touch if you would like to present your research findings/paper related to the 1914-1918 war – recognising the diverse interests in the war in Africa, themes will be identified from the papers submitted and accepted for the conference. The event is open to all students of the campaign irrespective of academic qualification.
There is a charge of £20.00 per person including a buffet lunch.
Accommodation is available at the YMCA for people wanting to stay over and is close to King’s Cross St Pancras and Euston stations.
We look forward to seeing you and having another excellent day of knowledge exchange.
Anne Samson, Ana Paula Pires and Dan Gilfoyle
Great War in Africa Association
International Network for the First World War

Plea: If you presented any conference papers over the centenary years concerning Africa and World War 1, and even before, please let Anne have the details for the Bibliography. This will be very helpful for researchers, in particular those doing historiographical papers. The same goes for articles and books – you can access the bibliography from any of the tabbed pages. If you have everything listed on Academia.edu or Researchgate, let me have the link and I’ll transfer the info from there to save you time.

Harry Fecitt on 17 Cavalry in East Africa.

Ed Paice has a summary of the First World War in East Africa on the British Library website, with various images from across Africa.

An interesting collection of photos from the African campaigns.

Click on the link for a sample and archive details.

For those interested in medical history, here’s an article on Malaria’s contribution by Bernard Brabin.

For readers of Portguese, Maria Paula Meneses has an article on Mozambique in the war, published 2014

Looking for info from the Kenya Gazettes? It looks like they’ve all been added to Gazeti.Africa.

And for a list of WW1 Despatches including from the various African theatres, the London Gazette has a links page.

A collection of photos of East Africa including World War 1.

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June 2019

A fascinating image was circulated on Twitter recently. The cages look like rat-catchers to prevent plague.

Keith Steward has very kindly provided an index to Conrad Cato’s article The Navy Everywhere.

Ross Anderson has very kindly made available his publication on The Battle of Tanga which is now under his copyright. Please acknowledge accordingly if you use anything from the book.

Christian Koller article on Colonial Troop recruitment in French and British West Africa, while William Dean looks at the experience of the French West African in Europe during the war.

For readers of French, UNESCO has an article on the consequences of World War 1 in Africa.

The East India Club has an article on East Africa during World War 1.

A collection of photos by Lieutenant Robert Vincent who served with the Belgian Force Publique in the Royal Library of Belgium. Each tab contains a number of photos – click on the camera icon or document to download.

An index of Old Africa articles has been started. If you know of any relevant articles, please send the details so they can be added. They will also be available on the general bibliography.

African Studies Association supports academia in Africa. If you know of an African working on WW1 Africa who is struggling to get their work published in Europe or the USA, this might be of interest. It would be helpful to let me know too as I am liaising with various people/organisations to try and overcome the publishing hurdles all researchers of WW1 Africa seem to be facing.

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May 2019

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office take on Africa’s Great War.

Brian Tarpey has kindly provided a short overview of Charles Futcher Smith of the 25th Royal Fusiliers Legion of Frontiersmen. It has been added to the other Personal Histories. More on the 25th Fusiliers and the Legion of Frontiersmen.

Intelligence galantry awards for East Africa by Harry Fecitt.

The Royal Marines were involved in the Battle of Trekkoppies in German South West Africa. Here’s a little more about Trekkoppies and a bit more academic, and locally in Namibia: overview, insignia in the desert. More digging is required to find out what the Marines did though.

A fascinating collection of items including Africa during World War 1, items 21-33

Diary of Battery Quartermaster Sergeant GJ Maker: A Narrative of the Right Section, 5th Mountain Battery, South African Mounted Riflemen. Central African Imperial Service Contingent, Nyasaland, 1915 – 1918. Part 1 ; Part 2

Keeping with Nyasaland, there’s a 1922 summary of the war by SS Murray in the Handbook of Nyasaland.

And interestingly on ebay there was a copy of Karonga Kronicles for sale during April. Thanks to Julian from Languages World War 1 for the link.

The 1914-1918 Encyclopedia team are looking for articles on Africa in World War 1 – I spotted ,em>4 on the list.

For anyone who wants to revisit the 2015 BBC discussion on Tanzania in World War 1, you can do so here. Thanks to Steve Eeles for sending in the link.

Sadly, member Kenneth Steuer passed away. He was looking into aspects of American YMCA in East Africa during the war. A few of us had the privilege of meeting Kenneth at the 2016 conference in Stellenbosch. Although Africa isn’t mentioned, here is a forerunner publication.

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