Saul David

He Scorned the British

African Kaiser: General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck and the Great War in Africa

By

Hurst & Co 436pp £20 order from our bookshop

For more than four years during the First World War, Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck’s tiny army of German-officered African askaris – never more than 15,000 strong – led Allied forces in excess of 300,000 men a merry dance in East Africa. By the end of the war, this undefeated force ‘had inflicted casualties many times their own number, marched 10,000 miles on foot through impossibly rugged country, and had always managed to keep the respect of their enemy by fighting’ a clean war. It is an extraordinary story – in Robert Gaudi’s opinion ‘one of the most astonishing in modern warfare’ – and has been related a number of times before, most recently in Edward Paice’s superb Tip & Run.

Follow Literary Review on Twitter

  • Last Tweets

    • Something of an 'eccentric billionaire’s hobby': reviews 'The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and… ,
    • "At the age of fifteen, drunk on stolen Chardonnay or stoned on pot at a swimming party, the thoughts that come imm… ,
    • For the latest Bookends, here's Alan Taylor musing on his stint as an assistant librarian. ,
    • A ‘pretentious ass and impotent arriviste’ who surrounded himself with ‘degenerates, hooligans, childish layabouts,… ,
    • . reviews 'Aristotle’s Way: How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life' by ,
    • "As Beevor shows, it was one of the most daring, dangerous and fiercely fought operations of the whole war. It was… ,
    • "The characters are very rich and very male, with astronomical ambitions. The potted biographies in this book sugge… ,