FIRST CAMPAIGN VICTORY OF THE GREAT WAR South Africa, Manoeuvre Warfare, the Afrikaner Rebellion and the German South West African Campaign, 1914-1915.

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Intended for the serious serious reader this book discuses whether this campaign was won by numerical superiority or manoeuvre. The difference between the two opposing armies could be to the contrasting personalities at the top, these could not be more stark, Louis Botha the South African commander “met all the classical requirements of a great commander,” writes Garcia. And the German schutztruppe commanded at the start by the very capable German commander Colonel Von Heydebreck, then in the latter part of the campaign by the incompetent Lieutenant Colonel Viktor Francke.