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Monday, November 11, 2019
We left off in August 1944 with Batswana APC companies engaged in allied efforts to overrun the German 10th Army’s last major defences in the mountainous terrain of...
Monday, November 04, 2019
After the fall of Naples and the crossing of the Sangro and Volturno rivers, in October-November 1943, fighting between the Anglo-American led United Nations and German...
Monday, October 28, 2019
The Second World War was fought as a “total war” in which entire societies were mobilised to defeat the enemy.
Monday, October 21, 2019
With the nation going to the polls this week, we take a pause in our coverage of Batswana in World War II to look at the dynamics of our first national election, held i...
Monday, October 14, 2019
We left off with at the port of Bari, Italy, where the Batswana of 1979 APC Smoke Company lost five men, with another seven critically wounded, while distinguishing the...
Tuesday, October 08, 2019
We left off in the second week of September 1943 with Batswana HAA gunners amongst the British X Corps artillery that was valiantly holding off the German 10th Army&rsq...
Monday, September 23, 2019
We left off on September 9, 1943 with Operation Avalanche, the landing of the American led but multinational US 5th Army at the beaches of Salerno bay in Italy.
Monday, September 16, 2019
We left off with Batswana APC artillery and smoke companies of the British 8th Army having distinguished themselves during the initial phase of "Operation Husky", the J...
Friday, September 13, 2019
Open and vigorous debate is the fuel that fires and sustains any democracy, which is why true democrats will always welcome the robust exchange of diverse opinion. The ...
Monday, September 09, 2019
We left off with the gunners of APC companies 1971-76 having mastered the complexities of the deadly 3.7-inch Heavy Anti-Aircraft (HAA) artillery.
Monday, September 02, 2019
We left off in November 1941 with the arrival of the first seven companies of Batswana APC, some 2,500 troops altogether, at the Qasassin Pioneer Corps depot in Egypt, ...
Monday, August 26, 2019
We left off in the middle of 1941 with dikgosi throughout the Bechuanaland Protectorate calling up their mephato or age regiments for enlistment in the African Pioneer ...
Monday, August 19, 2019
We last left off with the observation that, at the time of outbreak of the Second World War, the bitter experiences endured by veterans who had served during the First ...
Monday, August 12, 2019
When, on September 3, 1939, Britain declared war on Nazi Germany, the Bechuanaland Protectorate automatically became part of the imperial conflict.
Monday, August 05, 2019
The advent of this coming month will mark the eightieth anniversary of the September 1, 1939 German invasion of Poland, an event that set off the cataclysm of World War I...
Monday, July 29, 2019
Previously, it was noted that the 1936 High Court Judgement in the case between Dikgosi Tshekedi Khama and Bathoen II versus the High Commissioner had upheld the latter&r...
Monday, July 22, 2019
As previously noted, in November 1933 Resident Commissioner Rey had decided as part of his plans for the relocation of Molepolole away from its two then existing clusters...
Monday, July 08, 2019
In our last episode we observed that the initial protests of Dikgosi Bathoen II and Tshekedi Khama, along with the emergence of rising BoSebele agitation within Kweneng c...
Monday, June 24, 2019
By the end of our last episode the Bechuanaland Resident Commissioner, Charles Rey had during the first week of June 1931 lured Kgosi Sebele II to Mahikeng, supposedly to...
Monday, June 17, 2019
Previously, we noted that although bogwera had been routinely practised amongst the Bakwena without any interference from the colonial regime for decades, while police in...
Monday, June 10, 2019
Written on this very day eighty-eight years ago: “I want to let you know that I have already left, even though I do not like it. I just had to follow the Whiteman’s o...
Monday, June 03, 2019
Previously, we noted that notwithstanding the judgement that Third Bakwena Tribal Council had been reduced to a "broken reed", Bechuanaland's then Resident Commissioner, ...
Monday, May 27, 2019
Previously, we noted that in the face of the continued strong support by the majority of Bakwena for Sebele II, Molepolole’s Resident Magistrate, A.C. Stigand, became o...
Monday, May 20, 2019
In our last instalment it was noted that during the 1920s the colonial authorities suspected that Sebele II, working with other leading Bakwena, was at the centre of an e...
Monday, May 13, 2019
During the 1920s the colonial authorities in Mahikeng suspected that Sebele II was at the centre of an underground economy. Much of their concern was focussed on his perc...

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