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  1. Louis Botha's War: The Campaign in South West Africa, 1914-1915
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  2. Louis Botha's War: The Campaign in South West Africa, 1914-1915

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Louis Botha was prime minister of the Union of South Africa when Britain declared war on Germany in 1914. As South Africa was a dominion of the British Empire, Botha was asked to lead his country on a campaign against the Germans across the border in South West Africa.

In light of the relatively recent Anglo-Boer War, many Afrikaners balked at the request, but the prime minister was committed politically to unifying Boer and Brit and came down heavily in favor of taking up arms against Germany. So began a war on two fronts. While Union Defence Force troops gathered on the border and prepared to launch an offensive, a handful of Botha’s former comrades incited an Afrikaner rebellion intent on keeping South Africa out of the war, or worse, siding with Germany.

Louis Botha’s War is the story of how a former Boer War fighting-general-turned-politician crushed a rebellion, rallied his country’s first united army to fight in harsh conditions and defeated the enemy in the Great War’s first successful Allied campaign. Botha’s actions and these events would determine the fate of South West Africa, and its relationship with its southern neighbor, for the next eighty years.

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Penguin Random House South Africa
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I found this book to be a really interesting read. The central figure of General Louis Botha was a man Winston Churchill described as the greatest General he had known. Certainly the campaign he led in South West Africa (SWA) appears from this well researched and well written account by Adam Cruise to have been almost faultlessly conducted.The intriguing insights into this incredibly difficult campaign, against a well entrenched German army, are captivating. The book gives more that just a needed understanding of the SWA campaign, but also of the politics of South Africa in the wake of the Boer War in which England proved to be a merciless aggressor. Botha thus had to fight a political and physical battle in his home country whilst waging war against a determined and well disciplined German foe. The insights into the vast and harsh environment.of SWA are also intriguing and give a perspective on the later war to follow in Angola against SWAPO and the Russian backed Cuba. Altogether a... Read more
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