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Osprey Men-at-Arms 379 : Armies in East Africa 1914-1918

During World War I a self-contained war was fought in the European colonies of East Africa, between the British (from Kenya, Rhodesia & Uganda), Belgians (from the Congo) and Portuguese (from Mozambique), against the garrison from German East Africa. White troops were supported by askaris with white leadership; the British also deployed South African and Indian units. The German colonial army, led by the brilliant Gen. Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, spent much of the war running rings around the Allies, and Lettow-Vorbeck became world famous as a sort of 'Rommel' figure. The variety of uniforms worn in these bush campaigns was wide and extremely exotic, and the 'wild frontier' nature of the fighting makes a fascinating story. Text by Peter Abbott with illustrations by Raffaele Ruggeri.

    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 - Coordinated 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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