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Botswana 1939–1945An African Country at War$
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Ashley Jackson

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198207641

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207641.001.0001

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Bridging the Gaps: Communications and Control

Bridging the Gaps: Communications and Control

(p.98) 5 Bridging the Gaps: Communications and Control
Botswana 1939–1945

Ashley Jackson

Oxford University Press

Because of how the 11,000 men who were sent to join the army accounted for a significant percentage of Bechuanaland's population and how these men had to experience four years of war in unfamiliar and distant lands, both the military and civilian authorities had to make substantial efforts for establishing military control while simultaneously bridging the communication gaps between the soldiers and their homeland. Several people were involved in such efforts, and the media – particularly in the form of newspapers, letters, photographs, radio broadcasts, and other such sources – served as key tools for maintaining bonds and developing psychological contact. This chapter attempts to explain the different techniques employed by the colonial and African authorities in providing sanctions to those who attempted to interfere with the operations of the soldiers, and various measures for controlling and assuring communication.

Keywords:   civilian authorities, military authorities, communication gaps, control, media, sanctions

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