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All splendid, but horrible : the politics of South Africa's second "Little Bit" and the war on the western front, 1915-1918

dc.contributor.authorVan der Waag, Ianen_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2013-07-03T08:19:02Z
dc.date.available2013-07-03T08:19:02Z
dc.date.issued2012
dc.identifier.citationVan der Waag, I. 2012. All splendid, but horrible : the politics of South Africa's second "Little Bit" and the war on the western front, 1915-1918. Scientia Militaria, 40(3):71-108, doi:10.5787/40-3-1040.
dc.identifier.issn2224-0020 (online)
dc.identifier.issn1022-8136 (print)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.5787/40-3-1040
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/81700
dc.descriptionCITATION: Van der Waag, I. 2012. All splendid, but horrible : the politics of South Africa's second "Little Bit" and the war on the western front, 1915-1918. Scientia Militaria, 40(3):71-108, doi:10.5787/40-3-1040.
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at http://scientiamilitaria.journals.ac.za
dc.description.abstractSouth Africa’s decision to enter the First World War was not easy. After a difficult interplay between Whitehall and Tuinhuis, the Botha government agreed to secure limited strategic objectives in neighbouring German South West Africa. An armed insurrection had to be suppressed first. When both these objects were achieved, and following a further British appeal, South African troops moved further afield. This move, representing South Africa’s second ‘little bit’, was a dangerous step for the Botha government. The despatch of troops to France was controversial. Yet, by the end of 1915, South African expeditionary forces were en route to Europe and East Africa. This paper investigates the political crisis in South Africa and the difficult decision to send troops out of Africa, their deployment in an environment entirely foreign to the South African way of war, and the impact of the Western Front on the drawing of ‘lessons’ by post-war Union authorities.
dc.description.urihttp://scientiamilitaria.journals.ac.za/pub/article/view/1040
dc.format.extent38 pages
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherStellenbosch University. Faculty of Military Science (Military Academy)
dc.subjectSouth Africa -- History, Military -- 20th centuryen_ZA
dc.subjectWorld war, 1914-1918en_ZA
dc.subjectUnion Defence Force -- South Africaen_ZA
dc.titleAll splendid, but horrible : the politics of South Africa's second "Little Bit" and the war on the western front, 1915-1918en_ZA
dc.typeArticle
dc.description.versionPublisher's version
dc.rights.holderStellenbosch University. Faculty of Military Science (Military Academy)


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