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Title:The Kalahari Expedition March 1908: The Forgotten Story of the Final battle of the Nama War
Author:Haacke, Wulf D.
Periodical:Botswana Notes and Records (ISSN 0525-5090)
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:Botswana
Southern Africa
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Military Science, Military Affairs
Military activity
Kalahari Expedition of 1908
German-Nama War
Kalahari Desert
External links:https://www.jstor.org/stable/40979912
Abstract:This paper describes the final action of the German-Nama war, the Kalahari expedition of 1908. Officially the war situation in German South West Africa (GSWA, today Namibia) ended on 31 March 1907 by a decree of the German Emperor. Peace agreements had been signed between the German colonial government and the surviving Nama chiefs who had been involved. However, one Nama chief, Simon Kopper (also known as Koper, Copper and Cooper), who had withdrawn into the Kalahari in an area which today is part of the National Gemsbok Park of Botswana, was unwilling to sign the agreement. His men, the Fransman Hottentots, occasionally raided back into GSWA. On March 4, 1908, the Kalahari expedition started with the aim to subdue Kopper or to force him deeper into the Kalahari. On March 16, a battle took place in Geinab vlei. Although the German losses were quite high and Simon Kopper managed to escape, the main purpose of the operation was achieved as no further raids into the area took place until the start of the First World War. Bibliogr.