African military geosciences : military history and the physical environment

Bezuidenhout, Jacques ; Van der Waag, Ian (2018)

CITATION: Bezuidenhout, J. & Smit, H. (eds) 2018. African military geosciences : military history and the physical environment. Stellenbosch: SUN PReSS, doi:10.18820/9781928480099.

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This eight-chapter volume, African Military Geosciences: Military History and the Physical Environment, is a tour-de-force covering nearly 500 years of African military geosciences. It is a truly global book that reveals keen insights into regional, national and international military-forces activities centered in Africa and how the understanding of geosciences plays important roles. It is written for the specialist, but also attractive to the general military buff – well referenced and illustrated with figures from primary sources, historical catalogues and compendia. The publication explores the “age of sail”, harbour defenses, the trafficability of desert environments and marshes, as well as climate controls on sailing or land battles. There is even insight into an elite artillery unit staffed by women during Second World War – essentially covering the whole gamut. Ultimately, the reader explores a nearly 500-year journey around the African continent and beyond.

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