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Malaria in the Great War

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A 1946 map by kind permission of the World Health Organisation) Malaria in the Great War by Dr David Payne (This article first appeared in Stand To! No.77 September 2006 pp5 - 8) Introduction Throughout history pestilence has been the cause of the majority of the casualties of war. In general, the Great War proved to be an exception, with a r…


The Advance Beyond Kilimanjaro German East Africa (now Tanzania), March 1916

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Whilst the 2nd East African Division under Major General M J Tighe prepared to fight the battle of Latema-Reata Nek, General Smuts also had other formations on the move in early 1916. From the north Indian Army Brigadier General J M Stewart's 1st East African Division advanced from Longido with the task of blocking any German withdrawal along the M…


The Battle for Latema-Reata Nek, British East Africa, 11-12 March 1916

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By early March 1916 the British forces in British East Africa (BEA - now named Kenya) had been ordered to abandon the defensive operations that characterised their 1915 activities. A new theatre commander, General J C Smuts, had arrived with thousands of reinforcements from South Africa and with a mandate to invade German East Africa (GEA - now nam…


Indian Volunteers in the Great War East African Campaign

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In August 1914 the Volunteer units of the Indian Defence Force were recruited from white and mixed-race members of the civilian community whose expectations were that they would only be used operationally within India for local or home defence. However, on the declaration of war, several members of Volunteer units wished to serve overseas and their…


Ep.229- Jan Smuts and the German East African Campaign – David Katz

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Doctoral candidate David Katz, studying at Stellenbosch University, talks about his PhD research into Jan Smuts and his conduct of operations in German East Africa during the Great War. This will be released as a book in 2022. Your browser does not support the audio element. …


"The Navy in East Africa in 1915-1916, SMS Konigsberg and the African Queen" by Paul Blurton

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Paul's talk starts with the destruction of the German light cruiser SMS Konigsberg in the Rufiji river delta in German East Africa, now Tanzania. The second part covers the expedition to Lake Tanganyika, the Germans on the east bank of the lake and the control of the lake with the civilian ship the Graf von Gotzen which had been armed, and the B…


4 January 1917 : Captain Frederick Courtenay Selous

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He was the son of Frederick Lokes Selous and Ann Holgate Selous. Selous was a British explorer, officer, hunter, and conservationist. He was the inspiration Sir H. Rider Haggard who wrote books regarding the fictional Allan Quatermain character and was the subject of several movies.  Going out to Africa age 19 he spent twenty years shooting b…