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Manoeuvre warfare in the South African campaign in German South West Africa during the First World War

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dc.contributor.advisor Southey, Nicholas
dc.contributor.advisor Dedering, Tilman
dc.contributor.author Garcia, Antonio
dc.date.accessioned 2015-08-13T08:51:42Z
dc.date.available 2015-08-13T08:51:42Z
dc.date.issued 2012-02
dc.identifier.citation Garcia, Antonio (2012) Manoeuvre warfare in the South African campaign in German South West Africa during the First World War, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <http://hdl.handle.net/10500/18899> en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/18899
dc.description.abstract This dissertation studies the First World War South African campaign in German South West Africa from 1914 until 1915. The campaign was characterised by the high mobility of the Union’s mounted soldiers which enabled swift advances and rapid envelopments. The German forces applied a defensive strategy relying on the lack of water and remoteness of the terrain to deter and prolong the Union’s invasion. The German force also relied on internal lines of communication to concentrate its forces on the Union’s advancing columns. The Union Defence Forces’s numbered approximately 50 000 compared to the German force of about 7 000. The campaign culminated on 9 July 1915 with the surrender of almost the entire German fighting force intact. This study analyses whether the victory can be attributed to the Union Defence Forces’s numerical superiority or the operational strategy and tactics which were applied during the campaign. It is argued that this operational strategy is congruent with the modern theory of manoeuvre warfare and that the campaign is therefore a textbook example of manoeuvre warfare theory en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (viii, 141 leaves) : illustrations, maps (some color)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject First World War en
dc.subject German South West Africa en
dc.subject Union of South Africa en
dc.subject Union Defence Forces en
dc.subject Manoeuvre warfare theory en
dc.subject Mobility in warfare en
dc.subject Logistics en
dc.subject.ddc 940.416
dc.subject.lcsh World War 1914-1918 -- Namibia
dc.subject.lcsh World War 1914-1918 -- Campaigns -- Namibia
dc.subject.lcsh Namibia -- History
dc.title Manoeuvre warfare in the South African campaign in German South West Africa during the First World War en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department History en
dc.description.degree M.A. (History)


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