Contributions to the Geography of South-West Africa


Fritz Jaeger and Leo Waibel were professors of geography in Germany who, in late 1913, were commissioned by the German colonial office to explore the northern part of German South-West Africa (present-day Namibia). They arrived in the colony in mid-1914 and soon were caught up in the events of World War I, which broke out in August of that year. Both men were drafted into the German Protection Force and fought in engagements with the South African forces entering German South-West Africa from the south. They were released from military duty in July 1915, after the Germans surrendered to the South Africans and the colony came under British control. Jaeger and Waibel were able to resume their expedition, which they continued until early 1919, when, the war having ended with Germany’s surrender, they returned home. This book contains an account of their research, with emphasis on the geography, geology, hydrology, and economy of the colony. Included are photographs and four thematic maps. German South-West Africa became a League of Nations mandate territory in 1919 and, after a long struggle for independence, the Republic of Namibia in 1990.

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E.S. Mittler, Berlin


Title in Original Language

Beiträge zur Landeskunde von Südwestafrika


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3 plates, 127 and 1 unnumbered pages : illustrations, 8 plates, maps (4 folded) ; 32 centimeters


  • From the series: Mitteilungen aus den deutschen Schutzgebieten. Ergänzungsheft.

Last updated: November 14, 2017