Publisher: Penguin (2007)
Paperback – 255 pages
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Just four years after the Union of South Africa was forged, following a war of rebellion and brutal subjugation, another war, on a significantly larger scale, tugged South Africa and its people into a series of separate but connected conflicts – from the the short-lived “Afrikaner Rebellion” of 1914, through the sands of German South West Africa (Namibia), the steamy bush of German East Africa (Burundi, Rwanda and Tanganyika), and on to the mud and blood of France and Flanders fields.
Springboks on the Somme, by University of Cape Town Professor of History Bill Nasson, is the first general study of the complex ways in which South Africans experienced the impact of the First World War, and responded to its demands, burdens and opportunities.