Final Reports on the Military Engineering in the Campaign against German South West Africa

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Final Reports on the Military Engineering in the Campaign against German South West Africa

Full title: 'Final Reports on the Military Engineering in the Campaign against German South West Africa in 1914 & 1915

Published by the British Overseas Railways Historical Trust in 2020, 39 pages. A4 booklet (N8045WSO)

From the preface: Logistics and the associated engineering are essential to success in war, but the logistics and the related engineering of the Great War have received little attention from historians. So we offer this collection of papers from the Campaign against German South West Africa.

The following reports were the final reports written for military records by Engineer Officers at the end of the campaign in South West Africa. Carbon copies were sent to Col. Sir William Hoy as Director of Military Railways. (Hoy was also General Manager of S.A.R.) We have used Hoy's copies as the originals were not available to us.

It is not clear how much of these papers has been published and so for completeness we have reproduced the whole set of engineering reports, including Collins' s speculative paper on South African Defence Forces' engineering services in the future. The contents include:

Lt. Col. F. R. Collins Reviews The Work of The S.A.E. Corps.
The Railway Regiment in German South West Africa 1915 by Lt-Col. J. M. Fairweather.
Luderitzbucht - Windhoek Construction by Captain W.G. Cocks.
Seeheim-Keetmanshoop 365. Seeheim-Kalkfontein 180k.Reconstruction. Capt.C.G. Bateman.
Prieska - Upington - Nakop - Kalkfontein : Survey and Construction, 1914 by E P Popkiss.
Memorandum on Engineer Services, S.A. Defence Forces by Lt. Col. F. R. Collins.
Map of the Railways in S.W.A. at the End of Hostilities.
Honours and Awards to S.A.E.C. During G.S.W.A. Campaign.

The condition of the booklet is generally very good. The paper covers are clean and tidy, the staple spine is intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.