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World War I, German South-West Africa, Original Sketches of German Landmine Positions

With two letters from the Union Defence Force Headquarters in Pretoria

Published: 1915

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Lot of 6 original sketches outlining German landmine positions in German South-West Africa during World War I.

The sketches come with two typed letters (in Dutch/Afrikaans) to Johan Coetzee, from Captain van der Byl (on behalf of 'Adjudant-Generaal, U.V.M') under the Union Defence Force letterhead. In the letter dated 13 September 1915 Captain van der Byl acknowledges receipt of the sketches of landmines planted by German forces in the Military Protectorate and states that they will be forwarded to the Military Governor in Windhoek. In the letter dated 10 November 1915 van der Byl returned the sketches to Coetzee and thanked him for the use thereof. The On His Majesty's Service envelope in which it was mailed is included in this lot.

On 9 July 1915, enemy forces in German South-West Africa surrendered to the Allies. 

Four of the sketches (size 14x17cm) are pasted to a large sheet bearing the rubber stamp "Headquarters Union Forces, SWA Protectorate" with the date 20 September 1915. The pencil notes on the sketches are in the German language.

  • Overall Condition: Fair-Good
  • Sold By: Richmond Books and Prints
  • Contact Person: Ian Smit
  • Country: South Africa
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: 082 797 2018
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  • Trade Associations: AA Approved

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