Armies in East Africa 1914–18

Armies in East Africa 1914–18 cover

Armies in East Africa 1914–18

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One of the least-published campaigns of World War I (1914-1918) 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.

Table of Contents

· 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

Product details

Published Oct 18 2002
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 48
ISBN 9781841764894
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 38 b/w; 8 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Men-at-Arms
Short code MAA 379
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Peter Abbott

Peter Abbott is a retired university lecturer. H…

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Raffaele Ruggeri

Raffaele Ruggeri was born in Bologna where he stil…

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