Welcome to the GWEAA.
The Great War East Africa Association was formed to create awareness of the military campaigns of East Africa during WWI as the centenary of the epoch changing event approaches.
In 2013, due to requests by members, the scope of the group increased to incorporate all the campaigns of World War 1 in Africa – the E changing from ‘East’ to ‘Everywhere’. The Association is now simply referred to as the GWEAA.
It has a number of aims:
1) Bring researchers of the (East) Africa campaigns together
2 ) Signpost those interested in the campaigns to relevant sources of information
3 ) Help those living and working in (East) Africa to understand these little-known episodes of their history and to realise the economic potential of the historical heritage on their own doorstep.
4) Remember those of all countries involved who were affected by the campaigns, then and now
The Association was started by Howard Chinner, who wrote on 28th February 2011:
Having read Edward Paice’s book “Tip & Run – The Untold Tragedy of The Great War in Africa” [Weidenfeld & Nicholson – 2007], it occurred to me that there may be scope to develop battlefield tours in the area of the Campaign, similar to those so popular in Europe, South Africa and the USA. Such tours could be either dedicated battlefield tours or linked to wildlife safaris, where such safaris are already established (e.g. Tsavo, Kilimanjaro, Arusha, Serengeti, Lake Manyara, Tarangire, Selous). There might also be interest in events e.g. to mark the anniversary of the Battle of Tanga (3rd & 4th November 1914) and the Battle of Bukoba (22nd & 23rd June 1915). These initial thoughts have developed into the possibilities of marking the Centenary of the First World War East African Campaign during the four years from 2014 to 2018. This could require a combination of private, commercial, and local/national government effort.
Howard passed away unexpectedly in July 2011. Without his enthusiasm and drive, this group may not have come into being. Thank you, Howard.