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Tip & Run: The Untold Tragedy of the Great War in Africa. Edward Paice

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  32 ratings  ·  6 reviews
In the aftermath of the Great War, many Britons dismissed the East Africa campaign as a remote “sideshow.” But to the other combatant powers, it was a campaign of immense importance, and it continued to rage even after the Armistice was signed. Here, for the first time and in devastating detail, is the true story of what happened, told by one of the finest historians of ou
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Paperback, 488 pages
Published February 1st 2008 by Phoenix (first published August 1st 2007)
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Roderick Hart
This is an account of the first world war as fought in Africa. I have read an adverse report on this book by Edward Lucas which made a point or two against it. For example, the German commander. We are not told a thing about von Lettow-Vorbeck’s personal circumstances – was he married, did he have children? The author states that General Kurt Wahle was the oldest combatant in the war – hard to judge since he doesn’t tell us his age. He also writes ‘The inadequate maps do not help make sense of t ...more
Ashley Webb
I enjoyed this book, I have read many other Great War books about the war in Europe or the Middle East. I was surprised by the numbers of non-combatants who died, used for carrying all weapons and supplies, far outnumbering the soldiers and virtually slaves, although the British did offer a wage! As in some other reviews the maps were not much use, very small print and only at the front of the book,it would have been much better to have smaller maps throughout the book. The Germans certainly gav ...more
Philip
Sep 09, 2009 Philip rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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What a shame that this book doesn’t really do the subject justice. I know the areas and have travelled through many of these remote places but still find the maps and places mentioned hard to follow. Some of the most interesting stuff is simply not mentioned like Selous part in the conflict. I am enjoying the book but it could be a whole lot better.

Perhaps he tried to improve on it with the very similar book he published a year later but I see the reviews are much the same for it.
Walter Van praag
I was very interested to learn about the subject of this book, especially the two British battleships carried to lake Tanganyika. Unfortunately this book was so full of facts that it was just heavy going for me. I got stuck half way through and did not finish reading this book unfortunately. Although it is an interesting account of the history, it is not exactly made easy to read for the standard human being that I am...
Takipsilim
Well written but biased account on the fascinating but overlooked campaign during the First World War. The author's failure to give Lettow-Vorbeck his due is like writing about the Napoleonic Wars and barely mentioning Napoleon.
iain meek
I had never realised that the First World War had affected Africa so badly. Huge numbers of people died lugging supplies around to serve the European colonial troops.
Very sad.
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