Undaunted, he built a small hospital in Lambarene, then French Equatorial Africa
, from what had been a chicken coop, and worked there until his death in 1965.
French Equatorial Africa
was a large, landlocked area with a relatively small population, which had been the semi-fiefdom of private companies under French colonial rule and became a semi-fiefdom under barely competent military men after independence.
When World War II broke out, as part of the WAFF, units of the Gold Coast Regiment took part in the 1940 Allied invasions of Vichy-controlled French West Africa and French Equatorial Africa
. They were then transferred to various fronts and saw service in Italian Somaliland, Abyssinia, and Burma.
Chapters III, IV, and V examine the development of European medical practices in German East Africa, French Equatorial Africa
, and British Uganda.
Gabon is in western Central Africa, and in Schweitzer's lifetime was part of French Equatorial Africa
. If you read about Schweitzer and his activities you'll realize how primitive the environment was.
Anatolia (Turkey), Algeria (Numidia), Cambodia (Kampuchea), Burkina Faso (Upper Volta), Czech Republic (Czechoslovakia), Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire), Ho Chin Minh City (Vietnam), Saigon (South Vietnam), Iran (Persia), Iraq (Mesopotamia), Libya (Tripolitania and Cyrenaica), France (Gull), Myanmar (Burma), Mali (Sudanese Republic), Moldova (Moldavia), Namibia (South-West Africa), Central Africa Republic Chad (French Equatorial Africa
), Korea South and North (Choson), Sri Lanka (Ceylon), Ethiopia (Abyssinia), Tokyo, Japan (Edo), Taiwan (Formosa), Thailand (Siam), Tanzania (Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zimbabwe (Southern Rhodesia), Zambia (Northern Rhodesia); St.
France, the other big winner, got much of West and Central Africa--all the way from Mauritania, Senegal, Mali, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Niger, Chad, Benin (all these territories were then called French West Africa), to Gabon, Central African Republic, Congo-Brazzaville (forming French Equatorial Africa
), to French Somaliland (modern Djibouti) in the northeast, and Madagascar in the southeast.
Author and doctor Schweitzer established a hospital in Lambarene (now in Gabon) in 1913, what was then French Equatorial Africa
HL: My dissertation focused on French post-colonial military policy in former French Equatorial Africa
, particularly with regards to the creation of the building of national armies and defense planning.