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Title:The Battle of Karonga revisited: Janet Nyaunthali remembers
Author:Mwalilino, Walusako A.ISNI
Periodical:The Society of Malawi Journal
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:Malawi
Central Africa
Subjects:military operations
oral history
World War I
History, Archaeology
Karonga District (Malawi)
Nyaunthali, Janet
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/29779181
Abstract:The Battle of Karonga, at the north end of Malawi in September 1914, is a mere footnote in the annals of the First World War. But in the Ngonde kingdom in which it was fought, part of Britain's Nyasaland Protectorate, it was a cataclysmic showdown, and it left a lasting impression on the author's parents. The story of the British-German battles in his hometown was one of his parents' favourite topics, and they spoke of the battles with great passion and dramatization. In this article, he sets out what his parents did not know about the nature of relations between the Germans and the British just prior to the outbreak of the war. He further indicates where written sources and his parents' memories are in agreement on events of the battle, and relates the personal experiences of his mother, Janet Nyaunthali. To date African women's recollections of the war have been virtually excluded from most accounts, which have been written by men, ostensibly for men. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]