January 2021

Thank you to the members who have added comments on archives to the June 2020 and November 2020 newsletters.

Professor Peter Stanley discusses with Dr Richard Dunley & Lieutenant Tim Döbler, FGN the German naval activities off East Africa and the role of HMAS Pioneer in the campaign to counter the German cruiser Königsberg. (link supplied by a couple of members – thank you).

For anyone interested in the official statistics of the war including East Africa, the 1922 publication is available. Figures in this document differ to those in the Official History released in 1942.

The Belgian Colonial Archive has some photographs of the Force Publique etc.

The Government Gazettes for South West Africa (Namibia) whilst it was under South African military administration (1915-1922) are available online (scroll down past the red block to get the date links and click on edition numbers to get the actual gazette rather than the index)

In case you haven’t seen the National Army Museum’s summary of the war in East Africa (thanks Paul).

I recently discovered this business survey on East Africa in 1917. Life continued during the war…

Medal collectors might be interested in Military Medals of South Africa. There’s a page dedicated to World War 1. (thanks to Paul for this link)

The following books are for sale through the GWAA, including the BSAP collection

November 2020

The Colonial archive at Bristol University is now catalogued online. There is not much at all on World War 1 in Africa. Charles Alfred Bungey has some photos related to the war.

Counting the cost of war: The Great War’s impact in Africa edited by Karin Pallaver and Massimo Zaccaria (thanks to Mel Page for this link)

An insight into the image of von Lettow-Vorbeck by Kai He. (This was a high school project). If you are aware of any papers, articles, or books concerning the war in Africa which are not on the GWAA bibliography, or websites on the Links page, please let me know.

Some detailed discussion on Mount Labafu in north-west GEA.
Although some of the images have been removed from the forum, there are useful links to documents/sources on naval action on Lake Kivu.

This link to a German road/rail map in East Africa was submitted by Mark Dunbar – many thanks.

Documents on Ghana’s railway have been made available through the British Library Endangered Archive programme. There area few produced during the war years.

A monetary history of German East Africa – includes World War 1 complications.

BlackPoppyRose has a crowdfunding project on the go. Although Jamaica is the initial focus, it does include all African territories. Flyers are available for the various territories involved in WW1 – please get in touch if you would like one.

October 2020

It is with sadness that I report the death of Dennis Weatherall, “Old Seadog”. A battlefield tour guide, his specific interest in WW1 was in the Lake Tanganyika Expedition.

The Rhodesiana Society has copies of journals available online for private research. There are a few links to WW1 Africa articles.

CWGC has a Facebook page dedicated to South Africa. They are looking for info on World War 1, if anyone is able to assist.
Evidence of lion activity in the EA Campaign.

Can anyone help please? Looking for a photo of a Nigerian WW1 memorial

Although not World War 1 is not mentioned, this history of Kilwa Kisiwani has an interesting reconstructed photo of the area putting it in perspective for its later WW1 involvement.

For members linked with archives in Africa, the following Endangered Archive funding round might be of interest. Deadline is 19 November.

Thanks to all who have been in email contact over the past few weeks – it’s always good to hear from members and what you’re doing or about items that have triggered other thoughts etc. This gravestone from Mozambique was one as was this one of a nurse laying a wreath at her brother’s grave at Delville Wood. For those who can’t read Dutch/Afrikaans, the inscription translates as “I won’t open my mouth – the Lord has determined so”. Not many headstones for South Africans have inscriptions on which adds another dimension to this one.

Finally, in anticipation of a researcher who has been in touch looking into “dog tags” including those for labour in the African theatres, if you have any images or sources of information which c/would be of help to someone not familiar with Africa in World War 1 please let me know.