Military history

Anglo-Zulu War Historical Society
"...formed by of experts and historians to educate, .........and to further their interest in that most fascinating of Victorian campaigns, the Anglo Zulu War of 1879." Has the table of contents of its Journal and a few full text articles, photographs, sells postcards. Based in Great Britain.

Boer War Sites - Yahoo

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The Commission maintains graves / memorials throughout the world for members of the Commonwealth forces who died in World Wars I and II. Has statistics on the number of Commonwealth war dead commemorated by country, for ex. 50,000 + in Kenya, 8,000 + in South Africa,  5,000 + in Tanzania, 4,00 + in Nigeria, 900+ in Eritrea, etc. Select "Global Commitment" then "breakdown by country."

Cornell University. Library. Making of America
"...a digital library of primary sources [mainly from 1840 - 1900] in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction." Has scanned images of the full text of books and articles. A search on Cecil Rhodes produces 102 matches in 57 journal articles. Examples of article titles: The Ultimate Triumph of the Boers, Briton and Boer in South Africa, Military Problems in South Africa, A French General's Defense of the Boers, The Historical Causes of the Present War in South Africa, Problems of the Transvaal, The Responsibility of Cecil Rhodes. [KF]

Davis, Richard Harding- "Real Soldiers of Fortune"
Full text of the book (New York: C. Scribner's sons, 1911, 228 pp.) Includes:

  • accounts of a young Winston Churchill's escape from a South African prison during the Boer War (South African War)
  • American Frederick Russell Burnham's participation in the 1st and 2nd Matabele Uprisings, the Boer War, his killing of Umlimo, and brief mention of his visits to Ashanti and East Africa. Part of Project Gutenberg Etext. [KF]

Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online
Biographies of persons who died between the years 1000 and 1930. Use the Advanced Search. Under Geography, select Africa, then country. Find biographies of missionaries such as John Forbes of the White Fathers and Arthur Bouchard (Sudan), military personnel such as Duncan MacInnes (Ghana, South Africa), William Robert Wolseley Winniett (Ghana) and Frederick Charles Denison (Sudan), Richard Pierpoint (born in Senegal). There are fifteen biographies of persons connected to South Africa in some way. A joint project of the University of Toronto and the Université Laval. [KF]

Dovey's Military Page
Information, articles, citations to publications, photos on the South African military. Also information on Angola, Namibia, Zimbabwe. Maintained by John Dovey.

Discussion on the African history e-mail list about the Anglo-Boer War.

Halsall, Paul - Internet African History Sourcebook
Has full-text sources for African history arranged by topics (Siege of Khartoum, the German South African Army 1903-1904, . Includes the and many other historical topics. Maintained by Paul Halsall, Fordham University.

Historical Graphics Gallery - Jim Zwick - Boer War
Extensive essays are included on some sites. Has political cartoons from the "Boer War." Maintained by Jim Zwick.

The History Net
Site maintained by the National Historical Society, a U.S.-based membership organization of history enthusiasts. Use the Search box to locate sites on the Boer War. Has articles from Military History magazine on the 1879 Anglo-Zulu War and a dramatic (1879) Zulu reversal at Khambula.

Institut National de l'Audiovisuel, INA
In French. The INA houses French archives of radio and TV broadcasts, has a handful of citations to films/broadcasts related to World War II in French West Africa; use the Search box.

The Khyber Pass, A Page Devoted to Victorian Era Colonial Wargaming
Has scanned jpeg files of Zulu War pictures from the Illustrated London News and The Graphic plus some articles (as jpegs) from the Illustrated London News. Maintained by Ed Allen. Part of the Colonial Wargaming Ring.

Namibia. Ministry of Defence
Includes press releases, a brief history, etc. Address: Private Bag 13307, Windhoek - Republic of Namibia. Tel: 264-61-2049111. Fax: 264-61-232518. E-Mail:

Pankhurst, Richard - Ethiopian History
Articles by Dr. Pankhurst originally published in the newspaper, Addis Tribune. Topics include World Wars I and II, medical history, Ethiopian crosses, art, manuscripts, Lalibala, the Aksum Obelisk, Ethiopian dynastic marriages, etc.

Reitz, Deneys - Commando
Full text of the book, Commando; a Boer journal of the Boer War (probably 1929). "Deneys Reitz served in the Boer forces during the South African War and, after fighting to the bitter end, chose exile in Madagascar rather than life under the British flag." Includes a Preface by General J.C. Smuts who wrote "We have not only an unforgettable picture of mobile guerrilla warfare, but also an accurate description of life among the Boer forces." [KF]

Rhodesia and South Africa Military History - Richard Allport
Allport, based in the Netherlands, has a book business. His site contains his? reviews of books on "Rhodesia" and South Africa military history and vexillology (the study of flags). There are articles and links to other Rhodesia and South Africa pages. Has most of the text of a 1979 report by a Conservative Party (UK) election observer team to the first one man one vote Zimbabwe elections, text of Ministry of Information pamphlets published during the civil war, the text of an article "Rhodesian Insurgency" by J.R.T. Wood covering events to March 1980, a "Brief History of the Rhodesian Army" by Allport, a 19 page press conference with Ian Smith in April 1997, etc.

Sentinel Projects
A publisher of personal accounts of South African conscripts in the South African Defense Force between 1975 and 1994 with many references to Namibia. Has links to a web site which contains the discussion from Army-Talk, an email discussion list on the South African military (mainly recent events such as Cuito Cuanavale). Has a draft report by Barry Fowler of his South African Border Duty as a psychologist 22 June-Oct. 1, 1987. Maintained by Barry Fowler of Sentinel Projects.

South African Concentration Camps During the Boer War
"An example of classes and types of British official documents in the Stanford libraries for the study of African colonial history." Uses examples of British documents to illustrate how to locate sources for research. Prepared by John Rawlings, Stanford Univ. Libraries' Africa Bibliographer.

[South African Defence Force] Unofficial SADF Information Page
"...information relating to the relatively recent history of the South African Defence Force." Has full text selections of personal accounts of South African military personnel who served in Angola, Namibia, and elsewhere. Maintained by Paul Anderson. Part of the South African Military Web Ring. [KF]

South African Historical Documents - African National Congress site
The site maintained by the African National Congress has the full-text of primary documents - speeches by Albert J. Lutuli, Oliver Tambo, Mandela, G. M. Naicker, Yusuf Dadoo, Olof Palme, documents from Umkhonto we Sizwe, the OAU and the UN, documents concerning women in the struggle, the text of leaflet bomb fliers, biographies of leaders, etc.

South African Military History Society
Based in South Africa, founded in 1966 by a "group of amateur historians". Has issues of the national and branch newsletters from 1997, the tables of contents from June 1985 of Military History Journal and the full text of a few articles, pub. by the South African National Museum of Military History in assoc. with the Society, and links to Southern African military history web sites.

Umkhonto we Sizwe Documents [The ANC military force]
Full text documents including a chronology 1961-1990 of MK's history. On the African National Congress (South Africa) site.

U.S. Army. Center of Military History
Has a search facility for the web site and for their library catalog.  Searching the web site retrieves for ex. information on Somalia. Has bibliographies on the Herero Uprising (Namibia 1904-1098), on British Colonial Africa and World War II, and on Congo (Kinshasa) 1960-1965.