Armies in East Africa 1914–18

Armies in East Africa 1914–18

Men-at-Arms 379
  • Author: Peter Abbott
  • Illustrator: Raffaele Ruggeri
  • Short code: MAA 379
  • Publication Date: 25 Oct 2002
  • ISBN: 9781841764894
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 48
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About this Product

One of the least-published campaigns of the Great War was that fought in East Africa by forces of colonial troops - British Empire, Belgian, Portuguese and German. Short of resources, many European, African and Indian soldiers recorded epics of endurance as they hunted the outnumbered but brilliantly led German colonial forces across a disease-ridden wilderness. The achievements of Paul von Lettow Vorbeck - the last German commander in the field to lay down his arms - brought him fame and respect comparable to that won by Rommel in World War II. The events and the forces are described here in concise detail, and illustrated with rare photographs and striking colour artworks.

Biographical Note

Peter Abbott has co-authored several titles for Osprey, including Men-at-Arms 131: ‘Germany's Eastern Front Allies 1941-45' and Men-at-Arms 202: ‘Modern African Wars 2: Angola and Mozambique'.Raffaele Ruggeri was born in 1964 in Bologna where he still lives and works. After studying at the Fine Arts Academy he worked in several areas of graphics and design before deciding to devote himself to illustration. He has long been interested in military history and has illustrated a number of books for Osprey including, MAA 269 The Ottoman Army 1914-18, and MAA 309 The Italian Invasion of Abyssinia 1935-36.


Strategic background - colonial east and central Africa in 1914 Von Lettow-Vorbeck and his aims First phase: British repulse at Tanga - German attacks on Uganda, Congo, Rhodesia, Mozambique General mobilisation by both sides Second phase: co-ordinated Allied offensive of 1916 Bush fighting - weapons, tactics, logistics Final phase: Lettow-Vorbeck's expedition into Mozambique and Rhodesia Wartime developments in the armies - the King's African Rifles Evaluation of the forces involved Uniforms: German, British, Belgian, Portuguese

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