Armies in East Africa 1914 18

Armies in East Africa 1914   18

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.

Author: Peter Abbott

Publisher: Osprey Publishing

ISBN: IND:30000100423924

Category: History

Page: 48

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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.
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Indian Army in East Africa 1914 1918

Indian Army in East Africa  1914 1918

A study of excellence of military elements including strategy, troop morale, topography and leadership. It is thorough investigation of the role of Indian Soldiers in East-Africa during the worldwar I makes fascinating reading.

Author: S. D. Pradhan

Publisher: South Asia Books

ISBN: UOM:39015028408949

Category: History

Page: 172

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A study of excellence of military elements including strategy, troop morale, topography and leadership. It is thorough investigation of the role of Indian Soldiers in East-Africa during the worldwar I makes fascinating reading.
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The Forgotten Front

The Forgotten Front

The Forgotten Front is the first full-scale history of this neglected campaign. Ross Anderson details both the fighting and the strategic and political background to the war and the differing viewpoints of the principal protagonists

Author: Ross Anderson

Publisher: The History Press

ISBN: 9780750958738

Category: History

Page: 160

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The First World War began in East Africa in August 1914 and did not end until 13 November 1918. In its scale and impact, it was the largest conflict yet to take place on African soil. Four empires and their subject peoples were engaged in a conflict that ranged from modern Kenya in the north to Mozambique in the south. The campaign combined heroic human endeavour and terrible suffering, set in some of the most difficult terrain in the world. The troops had to cope with extremes that ranged from arid deserts to tropical jungles to formidable mountains and almost always on inadequate rations.Yet the East African campaign has languished in undeserved obscurity over the years with many people only vaguely aware of its course of events. Indeed, Humphrey Bogart’s famous film, The African Queen, inspired by an episode of the campaign, often provides its only lasting image. The Forgotten Front is the first full-scale history of this neglected campaign. Ross Anderson details both the fighting and the strategic and political background to the war and the differing viewpoints of the principal protagonists
Categories: History

The Carrier Corps

The Carrier Corps

Author: Geoffrey Hodges

Publisher: Greenwood

ISBN: UCAL:B4956368

Category: History

Page: 244

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Categories: History

Kariakor

Kariakor

Originally published in 1986, this second edition has been re-written by the author, keeping much of the original material, but adding new information which has come to light since the work was first published.

Author: Geoffrey Hodges

Publisher: University of Nairobi Press

ISBN: UOM:39015055166022

Category: History

Page: 247

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The Carrier Corps carried everything the soldiers needed to survive during the East African Campaign of the first World War. The Corps suffered heavier casualties than all the other units put together. Originally published in 1986, this second edition has been re-written by the author, keeping much of the original material, but adding new information which has come to light since the work was first published. Much of the original research was based on the reminiscences of the men who took part. Photographs and statistics enhance the six chapters covering African labour; the war strategy; in the battlefields; carrier units; carrier welfare and effects of the war.
Categories: History

Duel for Kilimanjaro

Duel for Kilimanjaro

Author: Leonard Mosley

Publisher:

ISBN: UCBK:C104825121

Category: Guerre mondiale, 1914-1918

Page: 244

View: 99

Categories: Guerre mondiale, 1914-1918

African Kaiser

African Kaiser

African Kaiser is the fascinating story of a forgotten guerrilla campaign in a remote corner of Equatorial Africa in World War I; of a small army of ultraloyal African troops led by a smaller cadre of rugged German officers—of white men ...

Author: Robert Gaudi

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780698411524

Category: History

Page: 448

View: 864

The incredible true account of World War I in Africa and General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, the last undefeated German commander. “Let me say straight out that if all military histories were as thrilling and well written as Robert Gaudi’s African Kaiser, I might give up reading fiction and literary bio­graphy… Gaudi writes with the flair of a latter-day Macaulay. He sets his scenes carefully and describes naval and military action like a novelist.”—Michael Dirda, The Washington Post As World War I ravaged the European continent, a completely different theater of war was being contested in Africa. And from this very different kind of war, there emerged a very different kind of military leader.... At the beginning of the twentieth century, the continent of Africa was a hotbed of international trade, colonialism, and political gamesmanship. So when World War I broke out, the European powers were forced to contend with one another not just in the bloody trenches, but in the treacherous jungle. And it was in that unforgiving land that General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck would make history. With the now-legendary Schutztruppe (Defensive Force), von Lettow-Vorbeck and a small cadre of hardened German officers fought alongside their fanatically devoted native African allies as equals, creating the first truly integrated army of the modern age. African Kaiser is the fascinating story of a forgotten guerrilla campaign in a remote corner of Equatorial Africa in World War I; of a small army of ultraloyal African troops led by a smaller cadre of rugged German officers—of white men and black who fought side by side. But mostly it is the story of von Lettow-Vorbeck—the only undefeated German commmander in the field during World War I and the last to surrender his arms.
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Askaris Asymmetry And Small Wars Operational Art And The German East African Campaign 1914 1918

Askaris  Asymmetry  And Small Wars  Operational Art And The German East African Campaign  1914 1918

The Army’s emerging doctrine, Student Text 3-0, Operations defines operational art as the “use of military force to achieve strategic goals through the design, organization, integration, and conduct of theater strategic, campaigns, ...

Author: Major Kenneth P. Adgie

Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing

ISBN: 9781782895176

Category: History

Page: 64

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This monograph analyzed whether Lieutenant Colonel Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck used operational art to defeat British forces in the East African campaign of World War I. British forces were superior in quantity of men and equipment, but slow moving and heavily dependent on secure lines of communication. Lettow-Vorbeck’s forces maintained an asymmetric advantage in mobility, knowledge of terrain, and responsive logistics. An analogy was suggested that the U.S. Army in the twenty-first century is similar to British forces in 1914, and the nation’s future adversaries could potentially use Lettow-Vorbeck’s unconventional warfare and asymmetric tactics woven together in a comprehensive campaign plan. This monograph reviewed the origins and characteristics of operational art. The Army’s emerging doctrine, Student Text 3-0, Operations defines operational art as the “use of military force to achieve strategic goals through the design, organization, integration, and conduct of theater strategic, campaigns, major operations, and battles” and serves as the entry point for discussion. A synthesis of Shimon Naveh and James Schneider’s theories revealed five primary characteristics of operational art and was used as the criteria to evaluate the research question. The five characteristics were: operational objectives, operational maneuver, disruption, operational approach, and operational logistics. The East African campaign was analyzed from the perspective of Lettow-Vorbeck linking his strategic aim of forcing the British to commit forces to a secondary theater of operations to his limited resources. The four-year campaign was divided into three phases based on Lettow-Vorbeck’s operational objectives and the correlation of forces. Significant tactical vignettes were examined as part of an overarching campaign plan. Finally, this monograph considered how the U.S. Army would fight an asymmetric enemy in a similar environment.
Categories: History

Guerillas of Tsavo

Guerillas of Tsavo

"Guerrillas of Tsavo records the actions, tribulations and mismanagement of a British Empire army at war against an inferior and more adventurous enemy.

Author: James G. Wilson

Publisher:

ISBN: 9966757139

Category: Africa, East

Page: 356

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Categories: Africa, East

Springboks On The Somme South Africa in the Great War 1914 1918

Springboks On The Somme   South Africa in the Great War 1914   1918

This book is the first general study of the complex ways in which South Africans experienced the impact of the First World War, and responded to its demands, burdens and opportunities.

Author: Bill Nasson

Publisher: Penguin Random House South Africa

ISBN: 9780143027164

Category: History

Page: 265

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The Great War of 1914-18 was a conflict which engulfed the whole world, directly or indirectly. It was an imperialist world war that tugged the new Union of South Africa and its people into a series of separate but connected conflicts - from the domestic Afrikaner Rebellion on the highveld, through the sands of German South West Africa, the steamy bush of German East Africa, and on to the mud and blood of France and Flanders. This book is the first general study of the complex ways in which South Africans experienced the impact of the First World War, and responded to its demands, burdens and opportunities. Told with his customary narrative energy and ironic style, Bill Nasson's new history is a lively account not only of how South Africa fought the war, but also of the miscalculations and illusions that surrounded its involvement, and of how South African society came to imagine and remember that great and terrible conflict.
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Indian Soldiers in the First World War

Indian Soldiers in the First World War

Geoffrey Hodges, 'African Manpower Statistics for the British Forces in East Africa
19141918', Journal of African History, Vol. 19, No. 1, 1978, pp. 101–116.
George Morton-Jack, The Indian Empire at War: The Untold Story of the Indian
Army ...

Author: Ashutosh Kumar

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781000335286

Category: History

Page: 240

View: 159

This book explores the lives and social histories of Indians soldiers who fought in the First World War. It focuses on their motivations, experiences, and lives after returning from service in Europe, Mesopotamia, East Africa, and Palestine, to present a more complete picture of Indian participation in the war. The book looks at the Indian support to the war for political concessions from the British government and its repercussions through the perspective of the role played by more than one million Indian soldiers and labourers. It examines the social and cultural aspects of the experience of fighting on foreign soil in a deadly battle and their contributions which remain largely unrecognised. From micro-histories of fighting soldiers, aspects of recruitment and deployment, to macro-histories connecting different aspects of the War, the volume explores a variety of themes including: the material incentives, coercion and training which converted peasants into combatants; encounters of travelling Indian soldiers with other societies; and the contributions of returned soldiers in Indian society. The book will be useful to researchers and students of history, post-colonial studies, sociology, literature, and cultural studies as well as for those interested in military history, World War I, and colonial history.
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My Reminiscences of East Africa

My Reminiscences of East Africa

In four years his exploits had become a legend. Understandably proudly written, this book is a must have for anyone interested in the Great War, Africa, guerilla warfare, the German army or who admires human courage and ingenuity.

Author: Lettow-Vorbeck (General von)

Publisher:

ISBN: 1843429500

Category: History

Page: 368

View: 139

A classic war memoir by one of the great guerrilla leaders of military history. Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck had just been appointed military Commander of German East Africa (today s Tanzania) when the Great War began. With a small staff of dedicated officers, and his devoted native African troops - the famous Askaris - the resourceful Prussian general fought a brilliant defensive campaign throughout the entire war. His tiny army tied down thousands of British, Indian and South African troops sent to trap him. Again and again Lettow evaded his pursuers. He used all the tricks in the guerilla book to lead the dogged allied chase a merry dance across the harsh east African jungle, river and mountain terrain, and along the region s rivers and railways. Forced by superior numbers into neighbouring Kenya, Mozambique and Rhodesia - Lettow inflicted severe losses on the enemy along the way. His opponent for much of the campaign was an equally famous name in the annals of guerilla warfare - Jan Christaan Smuts - but Lettow proved more than a match for his Boer opposite number. Living off the land, resourcefully using such windfalls as the guns of the stricken German cruiser Konigsberg , and even extracting fat from hippos and elephants, the 1918 Armistice found his depleted force still in the field and undefeated. In four years his exploits had become a legend. Understandably proudly written, this book is a must have for anyone interested in the Great War, Africa, guerilla warfare, the German army or who admires human courage and ingenuity. Illustrated with 22 maps and 13 beautiful and unusual drawings executed by Lettow-Vorbeck s talented adjutant.
Categories: History

The Road to Independence

The Road to Independence

Author: Christopher Richard Vincent Bell

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:B4445820

Category: Africa, East

Page: 228

View: 221

Categories: Africa, East

The First World War in Africa

The First World War in Africa

Embracing the perspectives of all the nations who fought there, this is the first ever full account of the Great War in Africa.

Author: Hew Strachan

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199257280

Category: History

Page: 224

View: 117

The First World War was not just fought in the trenches of the western front. It embraced all of Africa. Many of those who fought this white man's war were black. The dangers they confronted went beyond those of the battlefield. They fell prey to malaria and dysentry, and they were attacked by lions and crocodiles. But it was a vast and spectacular theatre of operations and embraces the perspectives of all the nations who fought there, this is the first ever full account of the Great War in Africa.
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The King s African Rifles Volume 2

The King s African Rifles   Volume 2

This is a regimental history with a difference, one that is bound up with the history of the British Empire in Africa and the extension and development of British rule in the territories of Somaliland, British East Africa (redesignated ...

Author: Lieutenant-Colonel H. Moyse-Bartlett

Publisher: Andrews UK Limited

ISBN: 9781781506639

Category: History

Page: 355

View: 455

This is a regimental history with a difference, one that is bound up with the history of the British Empire in Africa and the extension and development of British rule in the territories of Somaliland, British East Africa (redesignated Kenya from July 1920), Uganda, Nyasaland and, after 1918, Tanganyika (previously German East Africa). These were the territories that were the recruiting grounds for the KAR to which officers from the British Army were seconded - there were no permanent commissions in the KAR unlike the Indian Army which had its own officer structure. No regiment has ever been more intimately connected with the territory through which it marched and fought, or with the peoples from which it was recruited. It was a unique regiment. The author has arranged the book in five parts: The Campaigns of the Early Regiments; The Consolidation of the Regiment, 1901-1914; The East Africa Campaign, 1914-1918; Internal Security and Reorganization 1914-1939; and The War of 1939-1945. The story begins with the political background to the British administration in East and Central Africa up to the close of the nineteenth century. During the last decade of that century three regiments were formed which were the forerunners of the K.A.R - The Central African Regiment, The Uganda Rifles and the East African Rifles. These saw action in various expeditions and campaigns, in Mauritius, Somaliland, The Ashanti War, The Gambia Expedition, Expeditions against the Nandi and others. On 1 January 1902 the King’s African Rifles came into being, incorporating the original regiments as battalions, six battalions: 1st and 2nd (Central Africa); 3rd (East Africa); 4th and 5th (Uganda) and 6th (Somaliland) Battalions. The total strength was returned as 4,683 officers and men, including 104 British officers. For the new regiment the main operations before WWI were the campaigns against the Mad Mullah of Somaliland involving four expeditions; he wasn’t finally seen off until 1920. During the Great War there were 21 battalions and at peak strength in July 1918 the K.A.R. numbered 1,193 officers, 1,497 British NCOs and 30,658 Africans; casualties amounted to 5,117 with a further 3,039 died of disease. The regiment’s part in the campaign against von Lettow-Vorbeck in East Africa is fully described. The regiment was again in action during WWII taking part in three separate campaigns: the defeat of the Italians in Somalia and Abyssinia; the occupation of Madagascar against the opposition of the Vichy French; and the reconquest of Burma when, for the first time, K.A.R. battalions fought outside the continent of Africa. This must be one of the best regimental histories ever written.
Categories: History

National and English Review

National and English Review

What previous campaign in the Tropics has ever approached in scale or in
diversity the East African operations of 191418 ? The number and variety of the
troops engaged , the appalling difficulties of transport and communications , the ...

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ISBN: UOM:39015078631366

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King s African Rifles

King s African Rifles

This is a regimental history with a difference, one that is bound up with the history of the British Empire in Africa and the extension and development of British rule in the territories of Somaliland, British East Africa (redesignated ...

Author: H. Moyse-Bartlett

Publisher:

ISBN: 1843423944

Category: Africa, Central

Page: 746

View: 142

This is a regimental history with a difference, one that is bound up with the history of the British Empire in Africa and the extension and development of British rule in the territories of Somaliland, British East Africa (redesignated Kenya from July 1920), Uganda, Nyasaland and, after 1918, Tanganyika (previously German East Africa). These were the territories that were the recruiting grounds for the KAR to which officers from the British Army were seconded - there were no permanent commissions in the KAR unlike the Indian Army which had its own officer structure. No regiment has ever been more intimately connected with the territory through which it marched and fought, or with the peoples from which it was recruited. It was a unique regiment. The author has arranged the book in five parts: The Campaigns of the Early Regiments; The Consolidation of the Regiment, 1901-1914; The East Africa Campaign, 1914-1918; Internal Security and Reorganization 1914-1939; and The War of 1939-1945. The story begins with the political background to the British administration in East and Central Africa up to the close of the nineteenth century. During the last decade of that century three regiments were formed which were the forerunners of the K.A.R - The Central African Regiment, The Uganda Rifles and the East African Rifles. These saw action in various expeditions and campaigns, in Mauritius, Somaliland, The Ashanti War, The Gambia Expedition, Expeditions against the Nandi and others. On 1 January 1902 the King s African Rifles came into being, incorporating the original regiments as battalions, six battalions: 1st and 2nd (Central Africa); 3rd (East Africa); 4th and 5th (Uganda) and 6th (Somaliland) Battalions. The total strength was returned as 4,683 officers and men, including104 British officers. For the new regiment the main operations before WWI were the campaigns against the Mad Mullah of Somaliland involving four expeditions; he wasn t finally seen off until 1920. During the Great War there were 21 battalions and at peak strength in July 1918 the K.A.R. numbered 1,193 officers, 1,497 British NCOs and 30,658 Africans; casualties amounted to 5,117 with a further 3,039 died of disease. The regiment s part in the campaign against von Lettow-Vorbeck in East Africa is fully described. The regiment was again in action during WWII taking part in three separate campaigns: the defeat of the Italians in Somalia and Abyssinia; the occupation of Madagascar against the opposition of the Vichy French; and the reconquest of Burma when, for the first time, K.A.R. battalions fought outside the continent of Africa. This must be one of the best regimental histories ever written.
Categories: Africa, Central