The Bechuanaland Pioneers and Gunners

0 avg rating
( 0 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780275979058: The Bechuanaland Pioneers and Gunners
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Relying on extensive oral interviews with WWII veterans in Botswana, Schmitt argues that British military policy during the Second World War directly impacted Bechuanaland's entry into the war, the nature of the soldier's service, and the lives of the individual soldiers. Because Bechuanaland was considered a small, rather unimportant backwater of colonial possessions, policy decisions were often influenced by the political situation in South Africa and by its attitudes towards arming Africans. Unwilling to cause friction with South Africa, Great Britain mirrored that policy with the recruitment, training, and deployment of soldiers from Bechuanaland during the Second World War. Once Great Britain realized that army recruitment strengths were below operational levels, recruiting began in Bechuanaland for many different types of support roles including anti-aircraft gunners, medical transport drivers, and pioneer duties. Over 10,000 soldiers from this small British protectorate served under British command and contributed significantly to operational readiness and effectiveness during the war.

Relying on extensive oral interviews with WWII veterans in Botswana, Schmitt argues that British military policy during the Second World War directly impacted Bechuanaland's entry into the war, the nature of the soldier's service, and the lives of the individual soldiers. Because Bechuanaland was considered a small, rather unimportant backwater of colonial possessions, policy decisions were often influenced by the political situation in South Africa and by its attitudes towards arming Africans. Unwilling to cause friction with South Africa, Great Britain mirrored that policy with the recruitment, training, and deployment of soldiers from Bechuanaland during the Second World War. However, once Great Britain realized that army recruitment strengths were below operational levels, recruiting began in Bechuanaland for many different types of support roles including anti-aircraft gunners, medical transport drivers, and pioneer duties. Over 10,000 soldiers from this small British protectorate served under British command and contributed significantly to operational readiness and effectiveness during the war.

Schmitt notes that African leaders were given quotas to fill based on population figures within the different provinces, but it was stressed that enlistment was to be voluntary. When African leaders had a difficult time meeting the demand, some methods of coercion were used. New recruits were enlisted, trained, and then shipped off to North Africa, the Middle East, and Europe to begin their assigned duties. Interviews conducted with veterans highlight the nature of their service and the many challenges they faced with difficult weather, discriminatory policies, and as a result of being near the front lines of combat. The soldiers of Bechuanaland adapted well to military life under the leadership of white officers.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Book Description:

A military and social history of African soldiers who served under British command during WWII.

About the Author:

Deborah Ann Schmitt earned her M.A. and PhD in history from Indiana University under the mentorship of Dr. Phyllis Martin. Upon completion of her degrees, Dr. Schmitt taught at the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado in the Department of History for eight years. She retired from the AF in 2002, and is currently the Dean of Communications, Humanities and Technical Studies at Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Deborah Schmitt
ISBN 10: 0275979059 ISBN 13: 9780275979058
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
East West Academic Books LLC
(Burlington, NC, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: New. Seller Inventory # UK1544

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 30.47
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Schmitt
ISBN 10: 0275979059 ISBN 13: 9780275979058
New Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
firstbookstore
(New Delhi, India)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: Brand New. Brand New Original US Edition, Perfect Condition. Printed in English. Excellent Quality, Service and customer satisfaction guaranteed!. Seller Inventory # AIND-15317

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 41.49
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From India to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Schmitt
ISBN 10: 0275979059 ISBN 13: 9780275979058
New Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Bookshub
(Karol Bagh, India)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: New. New. US edition. Perfect condition. Customer satisfaction our priority. Seller Inventory # ABE-AUG-31030

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 41.93
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From India to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Schmitt
ISBN 10: 0275979059 ISBN 13: 9780275979058
New Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
EBOOKSTORE2010
(New Delhi, ND, India)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: Brand New. New. US edition. Customer Satisfaction guaranteed!!. Seller Inventory # SHUB31030

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 41.98
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From India to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Schmitt
ISBN 10: 0275979059 ISBN 13: 9780275979058
New Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
Romtrade Corp.
(STERLING HEIGHTS, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: New. Brand New Original US Edition.We Ship to PO BOX Address also. EXPEDITED shipping option also available for faster delivery.This item may ship fro the US or other locations in India depending on your location and availability. Seller Inventory # AUSBNEW-15317

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 44.51
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

Schmitt
ISBN 10: 0275979059 ISBN 13: 9780275979058
New Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Basi6 International
(Irving, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: Brand New. New, US edition. Excellent Customer Service. Seller Inventory # ABEUSA-31030

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 44.52
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

Deborah Schmitt
ISBN 10: 0275979059 ISBN 13: 9780275979058
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
East West Academic Books LLC
(Burlington, NC, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: New. New, Fast Delivery , 100 % money back if any problem with product and services. Seller Inventory # ABECA15408

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 61.99
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

8.

Schmitt, Deborah
Published by ABC-CLIO (2005)
ISBN 10: 0275979059 ISBN 13: 9780275979058
New Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description ABC-CLIO, 2005. HRD. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # IQ-9780275979058

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 84.87
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

9.

Schmitt, Deborah
Published by ABC-CLIO (2005)
ISBN 10: 0275979059 ISBN 13: 9780275979058
New Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description ABC-CLIO, 2005. HRD. Condition: New. New Book. Delivered from our UK warehouse in 4 to 14 business days. THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # IQ-9780275979058

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 88.02
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 11.52
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

10.

Schmitt, Deborah Ann
Published by Praeger (2016)
ISBN 10: 0275979059 ISBN 13: 9780275979058
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Print on Demand
Seller:
Ria Christie Collections
(Uxbridge, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Praeger, 2016. Paperback. Condition: New. PRINT ON DEMAND Book; New; Publication Year 2016; Not Signed; Fast Shipping from the UK. No. book. Seller Inventory # ria9780275979058_lsuk

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 102.04
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.96
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book