Reconsideration of the Battle of Sandfontein : the first phase of the German South West Africa campaign, August to September 1914

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Saunders, Christopher en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Warwick, Rodney C en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2014-10-02T13:20:28Z
dc.date.available 2014-10-02T13:20:28Z
dc.date.issued 2003 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Warwick, R. 2003. Reconsideration of the Battle of Sandfontein : the first phase of the German South West Africa campaign, August to September 1914. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/7985
dc.description Bibliography: leaves 199-212. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract This thesis investigates the first phase of the German South West African military campaign during August - September 1914, conducted by the Union Defence Force on behalf of the South African government and British Empire. Its primary focus concerns the battle of Sandfontein on 26 September, and it attempts to re-explain and reinterpret events at this military engagement, with the specific emphasis upon trying to enlarge our understanding of why the defeat occurred, revealing the muted controversies surrounding it, and analysing how nearly three hundred UDF troops endured the horror of being trapped and shelled for a full day on a desert koppie. Besides describing, contextualising, utilising, and challenging the older historiography on Sandfontein, which consists essentially of dated patriotic battle accounts, more recent works in military history, including methodologies intended to analyse and explain how men endure in modern warfare, have been juxtaposed with numerous archival and secondary sources. Other issues concerning the first phase of the GSWA invasion, neglected or ignored in earlier historiography, have also received attention. These include the experiences of the force's black members, the white politcal disputes that assisted the shifting of defeat culpability to Afrikaner Rebels, and the colonial police background of Lukin's force which it is suggested, was not entirely suitable for suddenly embarking upon conventional modern war. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other History en_ZA
dc.title Reconsideration of the Battle of Sandfontein : the first phase of the German South West Africa campaign, August to September 1914 en_ZA
dc.type Master Thesis
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uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Historical Studies en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MA en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Warwick, R. C. (2003). <i>Reconsideration of the Battle of Sandfontein : the first phase of the German South West Africa campaign, August to September 1914</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Historical Studies. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/7985 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Warwick, Rodney C. <i>"Reconsideration of the Battle of Sandfontein : the first phase of the German South West Africa campaign, August to September 1914."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Historical Studies, 2003. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/7985 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Warwick RC. Reconsideration of the Battle of Sandfontein : the first phase of the German South West Africa campaign, August to September 1914. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Historical Studies, 2003 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/7985 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Warwick, Rodney C AB - This thesis investigates the first phase of the German South West African military campaign during August - September 1914, conducted by the Union Defence Force on behalf of the South African government and British Empire. Its primary focus concerns the battle of Sandfontein on 26 September, and it attempts to re-explain and reinterpret events at this military engagement, with the specific emphasis upon trying to enlarge our understanding of why the defeat occurred, revealing the muted controversies surrounding it, and analysing how nearly three hundred UDF troops endured the horror of being trapped and shelled for a full day on a desert koppie. Besides describing, contextualising, utilising, and challenging the older historiography on Sandfontein, which consists essentially of dated patriotic battle accounts, more recent works in military history, including methodologies intended to analyse and explain how men endure in modern warfare, have been juxtaposed with numerous archival and secondary sources. Other issues concerning the first phase of the GSWA invasion, neglected or ignored in earlier historiography, have also received attention. These include the experiences of the force's black members, the white politcal disputes that assisted the shifting of defeat culpability to Afrikaner Rebels, and the colonial police background of Lukin's force which it is suggested, was not entirely suitable for suddenly embarking upon conventional modern war. DA - 2003 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2003 T1 - Reconsideration of the Battle of Sandfontein : the first phase of the German South West Africa campaign, August to September 1914 TI - Reconsideration of the Battle of Sandfontein : the first phase of the German South West Africa campaign, August to September 1914 UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/7985 ER - en_ZA


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