Qty:1
  • List Price: $17.95
  • Save: $5.42 (30%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 3 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Armies in East Africa 191... has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Good | Details
Sold by -Daily Deals-
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: This Book is in Good Condition. Used Copy With Light Amount of Wear. 100% Guaranteed.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Armies in East Africa 1914-18 (Men-at-Arms) Paperback – October 18, 2002


See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
$12.53
$7.24 $9.12

Featured Book: 17 Carnations
A historical tour de force about the secret ties among Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and others before, during, and after World War II. Learn more
$12.53 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Only 3 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

Armies in East Africa 1914-18 (Men-at-Arms) + Imperial German Colonial and Overseas Troops 1885-1918 (Men-at-Arms)
Price for both: $25.59

Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Packed with specially commissioned artwork, maps and diagrams, the Men-at-Arms series is an unrivalled illustrated reference on the history, organisation, uniforms and equipment of the world's military forces, past and present.

About the Author

Peter Abbott has co-authored several titles for Osprey, including Men-at-Arms 131: ‘Germany’s Eastern Front Allies 1941-45’ and Men-at-Arms 202: ‘Modern African Wars 2: Angola and Mozambique’.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Series: Men-at-Arms (Book 379)
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (October 18, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841764892
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841764894
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #661,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
5 star
14%
4 star
86%
3 star
0%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
See all 7 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By R. A Forczyk VINE VOICE on February 7, 2003
Format: Paperback
Since the amazing resistance of the German colony in Tanganyika in the First World War is rarely covered in any kind of detail, Osprey's Men-at-Arms volume Armies in East Africa 1914-1918 is a welcome addition to the slim literature on that subject. While certainly not comprehensive, the author manages to pack a fair amount of data into less than fifty pages and is not distracted from his subject with trivia about collar piping or various types of footwear (a common flaw in the Men-at-Arms series). Instead, the author delivers a succinct summary of the campaign, with notes on equipment, organization, and uniforms. The best aspect of the volume is the considerable order of battle data provided on all combatants, included the usually neglected Belgian and Portuguese forces.
Armies in East Africa 1914-1918 is divided into short sections on the pre-war colonial forces in place (Germany, Britain, Belgium and Portugal), a campaign chronology, the campaign of 1914-1915, the 1916 Allied offensive, and then stalemate and pursuit in 1917. There are eight pages of color plates, covering the uniforms of all the combatant powers. The author also provides a surprisingly detailed bibliography, which readers may find quite useful.
The detail on Belgian and Portuguese forces provided is particularly welcome, since most sources virtually ignore non-Commonwealth participation in the war in East Africa. Portugal was unique in sending several large expeditionary forces from Europe to fight in East Africa, instead of relying on colonial troops as everyone else did. The author also details the rather self-inflated reputation of the South African troops, who initially disparaged the black German Askaris and even their Indian allies.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Paperback
The First World War was decided in Europe and the North Atlantic, there is no question that all other battlefields were sideshows. Nevertheless, they were important from the German side, for if they could keep armies in the field, the Allied powers would find it necessary to field armies to oppose them. With the German forces completely cut off from Germany and the Allies having full control of the seas, every soldier the Allies had to use in Africa meant one less soldier available for the Western Front.
The battles of World War I in East Africa were small, yet still significant. German General Paul von Lettow Vorbeck of German East Africa was the last German commander to surrender to the Allies and he led a brilliant campaign throughout the war. Vorbeck was also one of the few German commanders to reach a level of admiration in the eyes of the Allies, in many ways he was similar to Erwin Rommel of the Second World War.
This book is a brief history of the battles that took place in what is now Tanzania in Africa. Troops from all over the British Empire in combination with Belgian and Portuguese forces battled German forces throughout the war. Most of the soldiers were African in origin and in general, they fought very well, so well that the colonial powers were reluctant to have them officered by native Africans. There is a great deal of detail in the descriptions, all the way down to small features of their uniforms. The units and major combat operations are summarized in several tables.
East Africa was an area of combat that had no real effect on the final outcome of World War I, yet it is still important. For it was a battle of movement and in that sphere, the German forces were nearly always victorious. Fought primarily with native troops of the colonies, it demonstrated that Africans could be excellent soldiers, a lesson that their colonial masters took very seriously.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Berkel on September 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
The Great War was a sincere World War, not only was Europe involve on both the East and West Fronts, but also Africa (as well as China, the South Pacific islands of Samoa, New Guinea, the Carolines, the Solomans, Yap, and others). The German colonies in Africa were far greater in land mass than Germany itself. They yielded coffee, chocolate, metals, and a host of other products needed by the German homeland. When war broke out, many of the leading administrators of both the German and Entente colonies hoped not to fight each other but to keep the native blacks suppressed. This was not to be the case. Belgian, Portugese, French, and British troops all invaded German African territory.
German Togo, Cameroon, and Southwest Africa (Namibia) were speedily attacked and overwhelmed, since they were not prepared for war. German East Africa (Tanzania) wasn't such a pushover due to the military brilliance displayed by General Paul Emil von Lettow-Vorbeck. While this book is only a overview of the campaigns in East Africa during WWI it is very valuable because of it's illustrations of various uniforms and of native garb. It is of particular interest to collectors of toy soldiers, since similarities of khaki uniforms of WWI are specifically deliniated.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Waywood on April 7, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
THE COLONIAL TROOPS SERVING IN EASTERN AFRICA CANNOT BE AN EASY TOPIC TO COVER; AND AFTER AN INITIAL READING OF THIS ENTRY IN THE SERIES, I REALLY NEED TO GO BACK AND RE-READ CERTAIN SECTIONS. MOST IRRITATING IS THE POOR QUALITY MAP AT THE BEGINNING OF THE VOLUME. I GUESS AFTER YOU BECOME A SENIOR CITIZEN THEY FIGURE YOUR EYESIGHT SHOULD IMPROVE???????? STILL THIS LITTLE TOME HAS DATA AND INFORMATION YOU'D SPEND HOURS TRYING TO GLEAN FROM A LARGER WORK, AND I CANNOT HELP BUT RECOMMEND IT AS A STARTING POINT.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Armies in East Africa 1914-18 (Men-at-Arms)
This item: Armies in East Africa 1914-18 (Men-at-Arms)
Price: $17.95 $12.53
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?