Published on Mar 26, 2015 by Redcoat: British Military History
In this video clip James Willson, author of the book "Guerillas of Tsavo" explains the story behind the first shots of the East African Campaign in WW1.
By ERIC MUGENDI Posted Friday, March 13 2015 at 16:52
The East African: As the world marked the centenary of the First World War last August, there has been renewed interest in the history of the wars from both Europeans and East Africans, as more people trace the history of their loved ones who fought and who died in the Great Wars.
East Africa may have not seen battles on the scale of Verdun or the Somme, in France in First World War, or the landing at Normandy during the Second World War, it was nevertheless the theatre of some of the fiercest battles between the British and the Germans and the Africans fighting on either side. Kenya in particular, in present day Taita-Taveta County, still bears the scars of the Great Wars.
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BBC - The Essential with Reeta Chakrabarti
World War I was, by definition, a global conflict - and it involved combatants and support staff all around the world. It wasn't simply a fight between European powers: individuals across Africa and Asiavolunteered, struggled and fought, sometimes at home, sometimes half a world away.
A special essay from Reeta Chakrabarti, in France and Kenya, commemorates the contribution and the sacrifices of Indian and East African troops who served on the British side during the conflict.
100 years ago, she was the fearsome German warship that ruled the waters of Lake Tanganyika; today the MV Liemba runs as the world's oldest passenger ferry. The Goetzen, as she was known then, was sent to East Africa where she defended Germany's colony against the Allied forces during World War One. As part of a series looking at stories beyond the trenches of Europe, BBC Swahili's Zuhura Yunus travels to Tanzania and takes a journey aboard the indestructible warship.
Planned Events coming soon:
September 2015 - Darnell's Commemoration
October 2015 - First Flight in Kenya
11 November 2015 - Remembrance Day