Political map of Sub-Saharan Africa 25 October 1914 (Maritz Rebellion): Just twelve years after the Second Boer War, many Afrikaners were still hostile to Britain and saw Germany as a natural ally when World War I broke out. In October 1914, Boer officer Manie Maritz and his troops went over to the Germans. Encouraged by this move, a number of Boer generals also revolted against the British but were quickly defeated by their loyalist compatriots (Maritz rebellion).