THE RAILWAYS AND THE WAR EFFORT, 1914-1915

  • R.J. Bouch SADF
Keywords: Defence Act of 1912, Union of South Africa, Union Defence Forces, August 1914,  Clause 89 of the Act of 1912, General Manager of Railways, Railway Transportation Officer

Abstract

Political and administrative backgroundSubsequent to the creation of the Union of South Africa in 1910, steps were taken to combine the armed forces of the four excolonies in the new Union Defence Forces. Appropriate legislation was provided in the Defence Act of 1912. Considerable time was needed before all the provisos of the Act could be implemented, and the outbreak of war in August 1914 found the infant Defence Forces incomplete and unprepared for a task of the magnitude confronting them. One specific area where arrangements were inadequate was that of railway transport.
Published
2012-02-28
How to Cite
Bouch, R. (2012). THE RAILWAYS AND THE WAR EFFORT, 1914-1915. Scientia Militaria - South African Journal of Military Studies, 4(4). https://doi.org/10.5787/4-4-903
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