n Journal for Contemporary History - The South African Engineer Corp's water supply operations in Kenya during the Second World War : its wartime impact and postwar legacy
|Article Title||The South African Engineer Corp's water supply operations in Kenya during the Second World War : its wartime impact and postwar legacy|
|© Publisher:||University of the Free State|
|Journal||Journal for Contemporary History|
|Affiliations||1 Stellenbosch University and 2 University of Nairobi, Kenya|
|Publication Date||Dec 2012|
|Pages||32 - 51|
|Keyword(s)||36ste Watervoorsieningskompanie, 36th Water Supply Company, 42nd Survey Section, 42ste Opmetingseksie, Boorgate, Boreholes, Kenia, Kenya, Opsporing (of aanwysing) van ondergrondse water, Second World War, South African Engineer Corps, Suid-Afrikaanse Geniekorps, Tweede Wereldoorlog, Underground water location, Unieverdedigingsmag, Union Defence Force, Water history and Watergeskiedenis|
War is often conducted in areas where water is not readily available, which forces militaries to create sufficient water sources in the theatre of war. During a war military activities often place much pressure on civil society's access to their traditional water sources. After a war the increased water supply created by the military may be exploited for the benefit of civil society. The Second World War propelled the belligerent forces into some areas where fresh water was in short supply, including East and North Africa. This article, firstly, explores the efforts of the South African Engineer Corps (SAEC) to exploit existing water sources in Kenya and to create new ones to meet the needs of the Allied forces during their campaign against the Italians. Secondly it tries to establish how the activities of the SAEC affected the lives of the local population during the war. Lastly, it attempts to determine the postwar legacy of the SAEC's water supply activities in Kenya.
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