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South African defence in the age of total war, 1900–1940

dc.contributor.authorVan der Waag, Ianen_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2016-11-02T12:27:14Z
dc.date.available2016-11-02T12:27:14Z
dc.date.issued2015-05
dc.identifier.citationVan der Waag, I. 2015. South African defence in the age of total war, 1900–1940. Historia, 60(1):129-155, doi:10.17159/2309-8392/2015/v60n1a8.
dc.identifier.issn2309-8392 (online)
dc.identifier.issn0018-229X (print)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.17159/2309-8392/2015/v60n1a8
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/99814
dc.descriptionCITATION: Van der Waag, I. 2015. South African defence in the age of total war, 1900–1940. Historia, 60(1):129-155, doi:10.17159/2309-8392/2015/v60n1a8.
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at http://www.scielo.org.za
dc.description.abstractBased largely on a study of official archives and private papers held in South Africa and the United Kingdom, this article sketches the political-strategic landscape on which the armed forces of South Africa operated between 1900 and 1940 and analyses the organisational and extraneous factors that affected their functioning and influenced their preparation during peacetime. It explores the doctrinal framework, including an assessment of the services' commitment to the problem of doctrine and of their rigour in drawing, learning and implementing the so-called "lessons" of the First World War. The South African reaction to the 'total war' experience of industrialised warfare is discussed and the attempts, apparently always feeble, by the South African state to adapt to the changing face of modern warfare are explained. It comes with little surprise that the Union Defence Force, after the experiences of the Western Front (1916-1918), was still so unprepared for European warfare in 1941.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttp://www.scielo.org.za/scielo.php?script=sci_abstract&pid=S0018-229X2015000100008&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en
dc.format.extent27 pages
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherHistorical Association of South Africa
dc.subjectSouth Africa. Union Defence Forcesen_ZA
dc.subjectWorld War, 1914-1918en_ZA
dc.subjectWorld War, 1939-1945en_ZA
dc.subjectMilitary policy -- South Africa -- 1900-1940en_ZA
dc.subjectSmuts, Jan Christiaan, 1870-1950en_ZA
dc.titleSouth African defence in the age of total war, 1900–1940en_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
dc.description.versionPublisher's version
dc.rights.holderHistorical Association of South Africa


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