Bed Breakfast BB
accommodation, Alternative Space accommodation, Swakopmund Namibia
The Alternative Space and
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
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
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.