Bed Breakfast BB accommodation, Alternative Space accommodation, Swakopmund Namibia

 
Bed Breakfast BB accommodation, Alternative Space accommodation, Swakopmund Namibia

 

The Alternative Space and
Archaeology

During the last four years, the Alternative Space Bed and Breakfast has sponsored an ongoing archaeology project of the First World War, as being executed by Rafael R÷rich. The site of the project is situated about 2 km east of Swakopmund,

   

in an area that is presently being mined for building sand. An extensive exhibition of artifacts collected is on display at the Alternative Space Bed and Breakfast.


THE IMPORTANT MILITARY ROLE SWAKOPMUND PLAYED DURING THE FIRST WORLD WAR 

It is my opinion that:

  • The South Africans attacked German South West Africa to get control over the diamond reserves.

  • It is highly questionable that General Botha turned against the Germans that previously supported him during the Anglo-Boere war (only 12 years earlier).

  • At the start of the war, the German military had the initial advantages of maneuverability (railway lines) and strategic location. These advantages were not used, and the South African attack was made easy. The Germans could have used their advantage to make the landing of enemy soldiers impossible from the sea.

  • By surrendering Swakopmund, all hope for support from Germany (reinforcement troops, food supplies, ammunition and weapons) were made impossible. By surrendering Swakopmund to the enemy, the result of the war became a foregone conclusion because the German military were cut off and were pushed on the retreat.

  • The battle of Trekkopje was a useless exercise, as the war for the Germans in German South West Africa was a lost cause by that time.

 

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Bed Breakfast BB accommodation, Alternative Space accommodation, Swakopmund Namibia