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24 Jan 2019 16:30 GMT

German South West Africa


Reserve: $300


Estimate: $350/400

Bidding opens: 24 Jan 16:30 GMT

Bidding closes: 31 Jan 16:30 GMT

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11 individual maps which form part of the series of war maps of German South West Africa. It is an incomplete set. They are all mounted on linen except for Abbabis, which is unmounted. Kubas and Gr. Barmen have water stains on the outer folds, otherwise all in very good condition.

5 Sheet 4 Namutoni
6 Sheet 5 Okawango
7 Sheet 9 Zessfontein
8 Sheet 15 D 6 Abbabis – not mounted on linen
9 Sheet15 F5 Tsaobis
10 Sheet 16 B3 Okasise
11 Sheet 24 Bethany
12 Sheet26 Rietfontien
13 Sheet 29 Warmbad
15 Sheet E4 Kubas 
16 Sheet C4 Gr. Barmen

All these maps were compiled with the assistance of the Topographical Section of the Union Defence Force and printed in Pretoria by the Government Printing Works 1914 – 1915.

Jacobs (A.) Topographical mapping support in the South African Military during the 20th century: The Union Defence Force: (UDF) was established in July 1912 and two years later the UDF was subjected to its first campaign, the distant conflict in Europe bringing the invasion of German South West Africa. Although sources regarding this and the subsequent campaigns of the First World War are vague on the mapping support available to the South African forces, a few points may be deduced.

Firstly, for the German South West Africa campaign, General Louis Botha utilised existing lines of communication for the launch of attacks. This campaign was largely conducted according to the old Boer doctrine, with scouts undertaking the reconnaissance and then presenting briefs to their commanders.

Printed in Pretoria by the Government Printing Works 1914 - 1915

  • Overall Condition: Very Good Copies

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