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The First World War in Africa

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  4 reviews
To Arms is Hew Strachan's most complete and definitive study of the opening of the First World War. Now, key sections from this magisterial work are published as individual paperbacks, each complete in itself, and with a new introduction by the author. The First World War was not just fought in the trenches of the western front. It embraced all of Africa. Embracing the per ...more
Paperback, 234 pages
Published December 16th 2004 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 2004)
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Dimitri
Jun 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Unless Ross Anderson has been really busy in the past decade, this remains by far the best overview of the fighting on the African continent during WWI. Personally, I don't need any more detail; little happened in most colonies because both sides had scant resources to spare. Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck playing Vietnam avant la lettre with various Allied columns takes up half the pages for a reason. The only thing I miss is more background on the forces: weaponry, uniforms & tactical deployment.
Zeb Kantrowitz
Feb 13, 2014 rated it liked it
This is a portion of Hew Strachan’s larger series on the First World War. This part is strictly dealing with the battles for control of Germany’s African colonies. Togo, Cameroons, South-West Africa and German East Africa (Tanzania) were all conquered by the British and French by the end of the war in Europe.

Though the British fought Togo and Cameroons with mostly African troops, South-West and German East Africa were fought with combinations of South Africans (mostly Boers) and East Indians. It
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Jesse Toldness
Jan 04, 2014 rated it liked it
What it says on the tin. Its the First World War. In Africa.
iain meek
Jun 01, 2013 rated it liked it
A worthy tome describing the campaigns in Africa.
Not, in my opinion as good as Tip And Run by Edward Paice.
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Hew Strachan was born and brought up in Edinburgh, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 2003 and awarded an Hon. D.Univ., (Paisley) 2005. He is also Life Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he was successively Research Fellow, Admissions Tutor and Senior Tutor, 1975-92. From 1992 to 2001 he was Professor of Modern History at the University of Glasgow, and from ...more