Professor Andre Wessels

Adjunct Professor
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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André Wessels has been a visiting professor at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy, since 2009. His full-time employment is as a Professor of History at the University of the Free State, in Bloemfontein, Republic of South Africa. Previously he also worked as a researcher at the Human Sciences Research Council in Pretoria.

Prof. Wessels's main research focus area is South African military history, with special reference to the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) and the South African National Defence Force, in particular the history of the South African Navy. He is the author of nine books, more than a hundred articles in peer-reviewed academic journals, as well as several chapters in books and other publications.

Books

Wessels A, 2017, Suid-Afrika se vlootmagte 1922-2012 (English version) South Africa's naval forces 1922-2012, Sun Press 2017, Bloemfontein

Wessels A, 2011, The Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902, First, Sun Press, an imprint of Afican Sun MeDIA, Bloemfontein South Africa

Wessels A, 2010, A Century of Postgraduate Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) Studies, First, SUN MeDIA Bloemfontein, Bloemfontein, South Africa

Book Chapters

Wessels A, 2017, '"Kabinetsminister en bevelvoerder: Smuts se bydrae tydens die eerste Wereldorlog" (English translation: Cabinet Minister and commander: Smuts's contribution during the First World War) in K. du Pisani', in Kabinetsminister en bevelvoerder: Smuts se bydrae tydens die Eerste Wereldoorlog, Protea Boekhuis, Pretoria 2017, Pretoria, pp. 163 - 184

Wessels A, 2017, 'Veldmaarskalk: Smuts en die Tweede Wereldoorlog (English translation: Field Marshal: Smuts and the Second world War) in K.du Pisani (editor-in-Chief), Jan Smuts: van boerseun tot wereldverhoog. 'n Her', in Veldmaarskalk: Smuts en die Tweede Wereldoorlog (English translation: Field Marshal: Smuts and the Second world War) in K.du Pisani (editor-in-Chief), Jan Smuts: van boerseun tot wereldverhoog. 'n Her, Protea Boekhuis, Pretoria, pp. 185 - 202

Wessels A, 2014, 'Die rebellie in die Vrystaat (English translation: The rebellion in the Free State)', in Langner DJ; Raath AWG (ed.), Die Afrikanerrebellie 1914-1915 [The Afrikaner rebellion 1914-1915], Kraal Uitgewers, Pretoria, Pretoria, pp. 108 - 127, http://maroelamedia.co.za/blog/afrikaans/boeke/boek-die-afrikanerrebellie-1914-1915/

Wessels A, 2013, 'The British blockhouses of the Anglo-Boer War', in Constantine R (ed.), New Perspectives on the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902, edn. Original, The War Museum of the Boer Republics, Bloemfontein, South Africa, pp. 93 - 119

Wessels A, 2013, 'The Principles of Military Stratgegy', in Constantine R (ed.), New Perspectives on the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902, edn. Original, The War Museum of the Boer Republics, Bloemfontein, South Africa, pp. 139 - 208

Wessels A, 2013, 'Was die Britse proklamasies van 1900 in die Oranje-Vrystaat wettige oorlogvoering?', in Constantine R (ed.), New Perspectives on the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902, edn. Original, The War Museum of the Boer Republics, Bloemfontein, South Africa, pp. 65 - 92

Wessels A, 2013, 'The Meaning of the Term 'Military Strategy", with special reference to the Anglo-Boer War', in Constantine R (ed.), New Perspectives on the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902, edn. Original, The War Museum of the Boer Republics, Bloemfontein, South Africa, pp. 39 - 62

Wessels A; Bredenkamp I, 2011, 'The South African Military Chaplaincy Service and Transformation, c.1990-1998', in Journal for Contemporary History, edn. Original, SUNMeDIA Bloemfontein, South Africa, Bloemfontein, South Africa, pp. 101 - 124

Journal articles

Wessels A, 2017, 'The war for Southern Africa (1966-1989) that Continues to Fascinate and Haunt Us', Historia

Wessels A; Bredenkamp I, 2016, '"Suid-Afrikaanse kapelaansvroue en die Grensoorlog (1966-1989); 'n gevallestudie van denominale pastorale versorging" (English version: South African chaplains' wives and the Border War (1966-1989): a', The Journal of Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa, pp. 1 - 11

Wessels A; Bredenkamp I, 2016, '"Melita: die geskiedenis van die Rooikruishut te Voortrekkerhoogte tydens die Grensoorlog (1966-1989) (English Version: Melita: the history of the Red Cross hut at Voortrekkerhoogte during the Border', Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif vir Kultuurgeskiedenis/South African Journal of Cultural History, pp. 1 - 22

Wessels A, 2016, '"40: The Journal for Contemporary History, 1925-2015"', Journal for Contemporary History/Joernaal vie Eietydse Geskiedenis 42(2), pp. 1 - 19

Wessels A; du Bruyn D, 2016, '"13 May 2915: Bloemfontein's night of broken glass"', New Contree, pp. 145 - 168

Wessels A; Botes M, 2016, '"Vroue se rol in laat negentiende-eeuse Bloemfontein" (English version: The role of women in late nineteenth-century Bloemfontein)', Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif vir Kultuurgeskiedenis/South African Journal for Cultural History, pp. 84 - 109

Wessels A; Bredenkamp I, 2015, '"'n Historiese perspektief op die Kapelaansvrouekomitee, c.1970-1990" [A historical perspective on the Chaplain Women's Committee, c1970-1990]', Journal for Contemporary History, vol. Volume 40, pp. 77 - 101

Wessels A; De Bruin J, 2015, 'Die oorlogsherinneringe van P.H. Roux: verontskuldiging of'n juiste verklaring van die oorgawe in Julie 1900? [The war reminiscences of P.H. Roux: an excuse or a correct explanation of the surrender', LitNet Akademies, vol. Volume 12, Number 1, pp. 152 - 179

Wessels A, 2015, 'Die Suid-Afrikaanse Vloot se sogenaamde omstrede nuwe fregatte: hulle eerste tien jaar van diens, 2004-2014. [The South African Navy's so-called controversial new frigates: their first decade of se', Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe, vol. Volume 55, No. 2, pp. 270 - 288

Wessels A, 2015, ''n Historiese perspektief op die Kapelaansvrouekomitee, c1970-1990 [A historical perspective on the Chaplain Women's Committee, c1970-1990]', Journal for Contemporary History, vol. Volume 40, No. 1, pp. 77 - 101

Wessels A, 2015, ''Die Suid-Afrikaanse Vloot se sogenaamde omstrede nuwe fregatte: hulle eerste decade van diens, 2004-2014" (English version: The South African Navy's so-called controversial new frigates: their firs', Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe, pp. 270 - 288

Wessels A; de Bruin J, 2015, 'Die oorlogsherinneringe van P.H.Roux: verontskuldiging of 'n juiste verklaring van die oorgawe in Junie 1900? (English version: The war reminiscences of P.H. Roux: excuse or just explanation of the su', LitNet Akademies, pp. 152 - 179

Wessels A; Bredenkamp I, 2015, ''n Historiese perspektief op die Kapelaansvrouekomittee, c.1970-1990 (English version - A historical perspective on the Chaplain Women's Committee, c.1970-1990).', Journal for Contemporary History/Joernaal vir Eietydse Geskiedenis, pp. 77 - 101

Wessels A, 2014, 'Three Fleet Reviews - and the South African Navy', Languages in Contrast: international journal for contrastive linguistics, vol. 39, pp. 153 - 176

Wessels A, 2014, 'Japie Neser en die Afrikaner-opstand van 1914-1915: rebel sonder/met 'n rede? [Japie Neser and the Afrikaner revolt of 1914-1915: rebel without/with a cause?]', Journal for Contemporary History, vol. 39, pp. 37 - 59

Wessels A; Bredenkamp I, 2014, 'The early history of South African military chaplaincy: A case study of the variance between British imperialism and Afrikaner nationalism, c.1914-1973', Journal for Contemporary History, vol. 39, pp. 60 - 80

Wessels A; Botes M, 2014, '"Eetgewoontes van Bloemfontein se inwoners tydens die laat 1negentiende eeu (Culinary practices of Bloemfontein's citizens during the late nineteenth century)', South African Journal for Cultural History/Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif vir Kultuurgeskiedenis, vol. 28, pp. 1 - 23

Wessels A, 2013, 'SAS Drakensberg's First 25 Years: The Life and Times of the SA Navy's Foremost Grey Diplomat, 1987-2012', Scientia Militaria, South African Journal of Military Studies, vol. 41, pp. 116 - 141, http://dx.doi.org/10.5787/41-2-1071

Wessels A, 2013, 'South Africa's land forces, 1912-2012', Journal for Contemporary History, vol. 38, pp. 229 - 254

Wessels A; du BRUYN D, 2013, ''N Terugkeer Na Die "Veilige Laer": Die Politiek Van regse Blanke Vrese, 1988-1989', Journal for Contemporary History, vol. 38, pp. 100 - 125

Du Bruyn D; Wessels A, 2013, '"The British soldiers' Bloemfontein: impressions and experiences during the time of the British occupation and Lord Roberts' halt, 13 March-3 May 1900".', Navorsinge van die Nasionale Museum Bloemfontein, vol. 29, pp. 29 - 68

Wessels A; Bredenkamp I, 2013, 'A historical perspective on South African military chaplaincy and Cold War ideologies during the Border War, 1966-1989', Journal for Contemporary History, vol. Vol.38 No. 2 December 2013, pp. 46 - 69

Wessels A, 2012, 'Hidrografiese opmetingskepe in diens van die Suid-Afrikaanse Vloot, 1922-2012', , vol. 37, pp. 232 - 250

Wessels A, 2011, 'Boer Guerrilla and British Counter-Guerrilla Operations in South Africa, 1899 to 1902', Scientia Militaria, South African Journal for Military Studies, pp. 1 - 24

Wessels A, 2011, 'Die Britse Militere Strategie Vir Oorlog in Suid-Afrika, 1899', Journal for Contemporary History, vol. 36, pp. 1 - 24

Wessels A, 2011, 'The Orange Free State's Strategy to Continue the Anglo-Boer War in July 1900: A Lost Opportunity?', Journal for Contemporary History, vol. 36, pp. 112 - 134

Wessels A, 2011, 'Die Britse Veroweringsaanspraak op die Oranje-Vrystaat, 1900', Journal for Contemporary History, vol. No. 36, pp. 135 - 153

Wessels A, 2011, 'A different kind of decolonization: The struggle for South Africa, 1961-1994', Journal for Contemporary History, vol. 36, pp. 30 - 49, http://www.ufs.ac.za/templates/journals.aspx?article=1231

Wessels A, 2011, 'Japie Neser: Cape colonial and Afrikaner rebel, 1899-1902 and beyond', NEW CONTREE, pp. 57 - 80

Wessels A, 2010, 'Sestig Jaar Se Mynteenmaatreelswerk in Die Suid-Afrikaanse Vloot, 1947-2007 (2): Die 'Oorlogsjare', 1966-1989', Journal for Contemporary History, vol. 34, pp. 190 - 206

Wessels A; Du bruyn D, 2010, 'Black protest versus white resistance: The politics of right-wing white fears, 1982-1987', Journal for Contemporary History, vol. 35, pp. 99 - 122

Wessels A; Bredenkamp I, 2010, 'The South African Chaplaincy Service and the just war principle: The Namibian War of Independence 1966-1989', Journal for Contemporary History, vol. 35, pp. 39 - 61

Wessels A, 2010, 'Sixty years of mine-countermeasures work in the South African Navy 1947-2007(e): En route towards and in the new South Africa, 1990-2007', Journal for Contemporary History, vol. 35, pp. 184 - 202

Wessels A, 2010, 'Mourning becomes ... Post/memory, commemoration and the concentration camps of the South African War', Journal for Contemporary History, vol. 35, pp. 203 - 204

Wessels A, 2010, 'The South African Navy and its predecessors, 1910-2010: A Century of interaction with Commonwealth navies', Scientia Militaria, South African Journal for Military Studies, vol. 38