The East Africa Campaign 1914–18
Von Lettow-Vorrbeck’s Materpiece
This 96-page book is the 379th book in the Campaign series of books that are available from Osprey Publications.
A fascinating, beautifully illustrated study of the daring war in East Africa waged by German colonial forces under Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck against the wide array of colonial and expeditionary forces of the Allied Powers.
Mangeled Wreckage Of Konisberg
The East African Campaign in World War I comprised a series of battles and guerrilla actions which began in German East Africa in 1914 and spread to portions of Portuguese Mozambique, northern Rhodesia, British East Africa, the Uganda Protectorate, and the Belgian Congo. German colonial forces under Lieutenant-Colonel Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck attempt to divert Allied forces from the Western Front. Despite the efforts of the Allied forces, Lettow-Vorbeck’s troops remained undefeated at the end of the war.
- Origins of the Campaign
- Opposing Commanders
- South African
- Opposing Forces
- Orders of battle
- Opposing Plans
- The East Africa Campaign
- Part I: The British offensive
- Part II: The railway war
- Part III: The South African offensive
- Part IV: The Germans withdraw
- Part V: The final stage
- The Battlefield Today
- Further Reading
In this fascinating work, David Smith documents how a wide array of British, Indian, South African, Belgian, Portuguese and local native forces invaded German East Africa and slowly ousted the German forces, a process made tortuous by Lettow-Vorbeck’s masterful management of the campaign. Among the events covered in this work are the Battle of Tanga, the scuttling of the Königsberg, the German railway campaign, and the battles at Salaita Hill, Kondoa-Irangi, Mahenge, Mahiwa and Namacurra. Colourful period and specially commissioned illustrations bring to life a wide-ranging and eventful campaign in which a high price was extracted for every inch of ground given up.
The East Africa Campaign 1914–18, Von Lettow-Vorrbeck’s Materpiece takes an in-depth look at the important battles and guerrilla actions that began in German East Africa in 1914 and spread to portions of Portuguese Mozambique, northern Rhodesia, British East Africa, the Uganda Protectorate, and the Belgian Congo. These battles during World War 1 drew British troops away from the Western Front.
The Historian and World War 1 Wargamer will get tremendous insights into the World War 1 battles in East Africa. Full color battlefield scenes, illustrations, Orders of Batles and maps provide the readers with detailed information about the battles that took place in German East Africa. Historians and Wargamers each, will truly enjoy this Campaign Series book and can use it to further their knowledge during this important period of history. The one thing that you should take away from Campaign 379 is by the end of World War 1 General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck was undefeated in all his battles in Africa.
Campaign book 379 , The East Africa Campaign of 1914 – 1918 is a 96-page paperback book that is available from Osprey Publications.
(The photographs used in this review are copied with the permission of Osprey Publications.)
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