Guerrillas of Tsavo
An Illustraded Diary of a Forgotten Campaign in East Africa 1914-1916Guerrillas of Tsavo records the actions and tribulations of a British Empire army at war against an enterprising, adventurous enemy. Following the military operations, as well as the personal endeavors of the troops, porters and their followers, Guerrillas of Tsavo describes the first 22 months of the First World War in the Mombasa-Voi Command in British East Africa (Kenya). The German Schutztruppe, under the leadership of Colonel Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck - the only undefeated German general of the First World War, engaged a far larger Empire and Allied army and occupied the only British territory during the entire First World War - Taveta, Tsavo West National Park and down along the frontier to the Indian Ocean. The Empire forces faced high rates of attrition, not from fighting but from the hostile environment of wild animals, snakes, heat, thirst, malnutrition, caused by long lines of communication, malaria and other tropical diseases. Guerrillas of Tsavo brings to light the extensive part played by East Africa, in particular the communities of Taveta, Tsavo and the south coast in shaping the course of Kenya’s history.
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