The East Africa Campaign 1914-18


B O E K B E S P R E K I N G by : Frank Neyts

Osprey Publishing issued a most interesting book “The East Africa Campaign 1914-18. Von Lettow-Vorbeck’s Masterpiece”. The book is written by David Smith and illustrated by Graham Turner.

The East African Campaign in World War I consisted of 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 attempted 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. 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 tactics and movement. Among the events covered 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.

Like all publications of Osprey Publishing, a most interesting book !

The East Africa Campaign 1914-18” (ISBN 978 1 4728 4891 8), a softback, counts 96 pages and costs £15.99 or USD 24.00, P&P exclusive. One can buy the book in the better bookshop or direct with the publishers: Via the Osprey website:




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