South Africa: A Short History

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CHAPTER XIII
WAR, APARTHEID AND THE REPUBLIC

THE Smuts government was a coalition. Though the old United party was split from top to bottom, the pro-war section was strong enough to capture its machinery and retain the party name. The small Labour and Dominion parties, which had voted for war in the critical division, were given seats in the Cabinet. Hertzog's followers crossed the floor, to sit in uneasy association with those of Malan. After five years of bitter mutual recriminations their relationship could hardly be cordial. But the political circumstances forced them to co-operate, and even, after a decent interval, to merge their identities in the Herenigde Nasionale Party, the Reunited National Party.

Deeply divided as it was, South Africa was nevertheless more genuinely involved in the Second World War than in the first. There could be no question of conscription. But from those sections of the population that were not neutralist or proNazi, from English and Afrikaners, white, black and Coloured, volunteers enlisted in greater numbers than the run-down Department of Defence could equip or organise. The NonEuropeans were used in auxiliary capacities only. All volunteers were required to take an oath to serve anywhere in Africa; on taking the oath they were distinguished by the orange tabs on their epaulettes which became the mark of the South African troops.

Starting virtually from an empty quartermaster's store Smuts was able to equip his "boys", as he called them, in time to send the first brigade to Kenya before Mussolini entered the war. The South Africans were involved in the invasion of Abyssinia and were then moved to Egypt -- 160,000 of them -- in the middle of 1941. They fought in all the North African campaigns, suffering the grievous loss of a division in the surrender of Tobruk. A new oath was the preliminary to sending reorganised forces to Sicily and the Italian mainland.

Inevitably, however, the main interest of South Africa's

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Table of contents

  • Title Page 3
  • Contents 5
  • Introduction 7
  • Chapter I - The Half-Way House 11
  • Chapter II - Afrikaners 24
  • Chapter III - Slaves and Hottentots 38
  • Chapter IV - The Bantu Frontier 51
  • Chapter V - The Great Trek 65
  • Chapter VI - Diamonds and Englishmen 82
  • Chapter VII - The Imperial Factor 96
  • Chapter VIII - The Uitlanders 116
  • Chapter IX - Nationalism 145
  • Chapter X - Union and Disunity 153
  • Chapter XI - Race Relations 166
  • Chapter XII - Hertzog 179
  • Chapter XIII - War, Apartheid and the Republic 196
  • Short Bibliography 225
  • Index 227
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