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During World War I a self-contained war was fought in the European colonies of East Africa, between the British (from Kenya, Rhodesia and Uganda), Belgians (from the Congo) and Portugese (from Mozambique), against the garrison from German East Africa. The German colonial army, led by the brilliant General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, spent much of the war running rings around the Allies, and Lettow-Vorbeck became world famous as a sort of "World War I Rommel" figure. In this title the weapons, tactics and logistics of this campaign are covered, along with the array of exotic uniforms worn.
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 lives and works in Bologna, Italy. He has a particular personal interest in the armies and forces of the Ottoman Empire, and has illustrated several titles for Osprey on this subject.
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 mobilization 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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