At the beginning of the First World War, when the Union of South Africa was drawn into the war through being part of the British Empire, it was expected of the South African forces to move into German South West Africa.
The Schutztruppe, as a result of this, came over the border south to block the fords over the Orange River. Thus blocking the route into South West Africa.
The fighting that ensued cost the lives of seven members of the Schutztruppe and two on the South African side. The end result was that the Germans got pushed back and did not succeed in their effort.
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