Forgotten Front: The East African Campaign 1914-1918

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The First World War began in East Africa in August 1914 and did not end until 13 November 1918. In its scale and impact, it was the largest conflict yet to take place on African soil.

Four empires and their subject peoples were engaged in a conflict that ranged from modern Kenya in the north to Mozambique in the south. The campaign combined heroic human endeavour and terrible suffering, set in some of the most difficult terrain in the world. The troops had to cope with extremes...

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Overview

The First World War began in East Africa in August 1914 and did not end until 13 November 1918. In its scale and impact, it was the largest conflict yet to take place on African soil.

Four empires and their subject peoples were engaged in a conflict that ranged from modern Kenya in the north to Mozambique in the south. The campaign combined heroic human endeavour and terrible suffering, set in some of the most difficult terrain in the world. The troops had to cope with extremes that ranged from arid deserts to tropical jungles to formidable mountains and almost always on inadequate rations. Yet the East African campaign has languished in undeserved obscurity over the years with many people only vaguely aware of its course of events. Indeed, Humphrey Bogart's famous film, The African Queen, inspired by an episode of the campaign, often provides its only lasting image. The Forgotten Front is the first full-scale history of this neglected campaign. Ross Anderson details both the fighting and the strategic and political background to the war and the differing viewpoints of the principal protagonists.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780752423449
  • Publisher: Tempus Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Pages: 351
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Ross Anderson has a PhD in History from the University of Glasgow, and spent 30 years in the British and Canadian armies, becoming a Lieutenant-Colonel. He is the author of The Battle of Tanga 1914.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7
Foreword 9
1 The Strategic Background 13
2 Operations of 1914 30
3 Operations of 1915 64
4 The Allied Advance Begins 101
5 The Advance to the Rufiji 128
6 Reorganisation: January-May 1917 181
7 The Clearance of German East Africa 211
8 The Fight for Portuguese East Africa 259
9 Summary and Conclusions 295
Epilogue 299
List of Abbreviations 300
Bibliography 301
Notes 313
List of Illustrations 345
Index 347
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