King's African Rifles Soldier vs Schutztruppe Soldier: East Africa 1917–18
Bloomsbury Publishing, 22 sept. 2016 - 80 pages
Specially commissioned artwork and thrilling combat accounts transport the reader to the far-flung and inhospitable East African theatre of World War I, where the Schutztruppe faced off against the King's African Rifles. In an attempt to divert Allied forces from the Western Front, a small German colonial force under the command of Oberst Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck raided British and Portuguese territory. Despite being heavily outnumbered, his expert use of guerrilla tactics forced the British to mount a series of offensives, culminating in a major battle at Nyangao-Mahiwa that saw both sides suffer heavy casualties.
Meticulously researched analysis highlights the tactical and technological innovation shown by both armies as they were forced to fight in a treacherous climate where local diseases could prove just as deadly as the opposition.
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17 October 25th Royal Fusiliers 2nd Battalion 30 August 30th Punjabis 31 August Abt Krüger Abt Lieberman Abt Müller Abt Wahle advance African Rifles battalions ammunition artillery attack BArch battle Bharatpurs Bild British forces bush warfare campaign captured casualties colonial combat command counter-attack defence defensive positions detached Deventer Dobbertin enemy enemy’s European officers Feldkompagnie field fighting firefight firing line flank front George Giffard German East Africa German force German movements Giffard heavy indigenous IWMQ KAR’s KARTUCOL Kenya Kilwa King’s African Rifles Kompagnie Lettow Lewis gun Lindi Linforce Linforce’s Lt-Col Lukuledi River machine guns Mahiwa main body moving Nakadi River Narunyu Nigerian Brigade Nyangao Nyasaland O’Grady offensive officers and NCOs patrols perimeter personnel platoon Portuguese East Africa pre-war recruited Regiment Regone reserve road Schutztruppe askaris sides soldiers Stokes mortar strength supplies Tanga Taylor’s column troops veteran Vickers Vickers machine guns Vorbeck Wahle’s Walther Westtruppen wounded