German East Africa – World War 1 Colonial Warfare I THE GREAT WAR Special

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The military campaign in German East Africa during World War 1 went on longer than the whole war and thanks to Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck and his guerilla warfare is now infamous among the theatres of the great war. But what was the history behind German East Africa and was it really a gentleman’s war and what role did the Askari play in it?

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33 Responses

  1. so how did german east africa territory got taken over and how was it like living in that torritory during imperial rule?????

  2. Mike Jones says:

    So why are white people still angry.

  3. War is not civilized. This is called Racism White Supremacy

  4. Oli Bracey says:

    Where did you get the quote at the 7 minute mark?

  5. M Ketelhut says:

    50000:1 kd ratio, Wish we cleaned up like that with the Soviets.

  6. Steven Fairs says:

    Will there be any specials on the Rhodesian Native Regiment? I was brought up in a family who had ties to the Rhodesian African Rifles and who have always spoken highly of the native soldiers. There has also been a monument opened on the 100th anniversary of the RNR in the National Memorial Arboretum. It would be nice to hear more, and share more about the soldiers of the empire.

  7. Leopold says:

    The Germans were brutal.

  8. ali ali says:

    Hey Indy. i love your channel keep it up.here is my question .What was zanzibar role in WW1.thanks

  9. Gerald Swain says:

    Was Von Lettow,familiar with the jambok and it's frequent application on his askaris and native bearers ?.

  10. sjdm4211 says:

    So the European powers just kept their slaves in Africa…. out of sight, out of mind?

  11. Ivan Gomez says:

    Hello Indy can you tell in a video What happen in Egypt during the war ? I'm very interested in

  12. DamuEmran says:

    As you can see it wasn't just white men from Europe who committed rape or murder but also africans as well. And they all have on thing in common they were "men" who killed their fellow brothers in cold blood.
    "All wars are civil wars, because all men are brothers". Francois Fenelon

  13. do u have any information about Portuguese forces and battles in East and West Africa?

  14. What was the kill rate for one german compared to one tribesman in the hehe war

  15. von Lettow survived until after WWII and…was guest of honour of Afrika Korps vets meetings in Western Germany in 50ties and 60ties

  16. What is it with the Germans in the 20th century and being so horrible that everyone unites against them?

  17. Rommel's Afrika Korps widely used myth of Heia Safari from WWI

  18. What about the foregin legion

  19. shema vieira says:

    i like how he pronounces MAJIMAJi Rebellion. hehehh funny accent

  20. Is it true that some men from the tribes of askaris would join battles in their native, tribal outfits and would carry spears and shields. I remember reading it on the battle of Tanganyika.

  21. Pobblebonk says:

    This video is awesome, could I use it as a source for my history assignment 🙂

  22. the only book on the subject i can think of off hand is Battle for the Bundu i dont recall the authors name

  23. Will TGW do a special on Leopold's land in the Congo? Leopold 2 helped start WW1!

  24. Dayo 555 says:

    Are you going to make a video about colonial soldiers in the Western Front? It would be interesting to know about the French, German, and British colonial subjects in the Western Front.

  25. Well they weren't as bad as the French in Algeria, or God forbid the Belgians in Congo.

  26. David f says:

    WOW! Fantastic piece on Africa.

  27. David f says:

    15 to 250,000?????

  28. What a pointless FUCKING war

  29. Terry P says:

    Thanks for the video! I appreciate the objective look at the German Colonies of Africa

  30. all you guys saying there's no Afro German soldiers in ww1

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