Controversial and groundbreaking account of the infamous East African campaign during First World War
On 11 November 1918 the armistice requested by the beaten Germans came into effect, ending four years of fighting across Europe. However, in Africa, the Germans were still fighting and still winning.
A tiny army of African and German soldiers, led by an indomitable German colonel fought a large British and Imperial force to a standstill. Their battles took place across the African savannah, deep in the jungle and along the foothills of the mountains. Soldiers faced disease, crocodiles, insects and all manner of strange threats - including on one occasion - killer bees. This campaign involved troops from India, South Africa, Portugal and Rhodesia as well as British and Australian forces.
This true story has never before been told. A bestselling historian of colonial Africa, Edward Paice brings the story to life in a major new account of Africa's involvement in the First World War.
Edward Paice was a History Scholar at Cambridge and winner of the Leman prize. After a decade working in the City he spent four years living and writing in East Africa, and was the author of the first guidebook to newly independent Eritrea. He was awarded a Visiting Fellow by Magdalene College, Cambridge in 2003-4 and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He lives in Kent.