The campaigns during the First World War in East Africa were among the longest running of that War and yet comparatively little has been written of them and an overall view is, at best, sketchy.
The various engagements could well be described as some of the most far-reaching of those grim four years, involving over 16 countries and embracing forces drawn from land, sea and air. Logistically and, as we hope this Conference will show, they can only be described as a 'nightmare'.
In recognition of the growing interest in this theatre of the War - an interest which has spread across the globe and into various fields of study, the Great War in East Africa Association (GWEA) in conjunction with the British South Africa Police Association have joined to facilitate a conference at the National Archives, London, on 14 July, 2012. The Conference aims at bringing together interested persons, both amateur and professional, to share and extend their knowledge of the War in East Africa. The proceedings of the conference will be published, in some format, and it is hoped that the second and final volume of the official history of the campaign will be brought to completion and subsequent publication.
In particular, contributions are sought from those working on:
There will also be opportunity to promote tours and publications on the day. To express an interest and find out more, please contact Anne.
There will be a charge for attending the conference. This is expected to be no more than £75 per person. Pending sponsorship, we hope to be able to offer a reduced rate especially for pensioners.
Further details of the conference, including fees, will be circulated in due course including through the Great War in East Africa Association website (http://gweaa.com)
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