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Tip and Run

Paice, Edward

The story of the First World War in Africa, an almost forgotten war, marking the most brutal and shameful war in colonial history.
The story of the First World War in Africa, which devastated an area five times the size of Germany and killed more than two million people.

On 11 November 1918, the First World War came to an end in Europe. But, in Northern Rhodesia, the bloodshed persisted for another two weeks in what one campaign historian described as ‘a war of extermination and attrition without parallel in modern times.’ But for Major-General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, the news of a German republic, and a Kaiser who had fled to Holland, seemed absurd. After approximately 650,000 carrier and civilian deaths in German Ruanda-Urundi and East Africa the hope of peace that armistice brought to Europe was not embraced with the same sense of relief.

In Tip and Run, Paice tells the story of the elusive, relentless and fanatical Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck in an engaging and detailed narrative that exposes the horrors of the European imperial fantasies so lethally visited upon Africa.

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