Battles - The African Wars

German East African commander, Colonel Paul von Lettow-VorbeckThis section of the site at present contains details of two battle fought on the African Front, at Sandfontein (in September 1914) and at Tanga (in November the same year).

It was at Tanga that the burgeoning reputation of German commander Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck was first established.

Lettow-Vorbeck went through the entire war with the unusual distinction of never being on the losing end of a battle.

Additional entries will be added periodically.

Engagement Date
ArticleBattle of Sandfontein Opened 26 September 1914
ArticleBattle of Tanga Opened 3 November 1914

Observation balloons were referred to as 'sausages'.

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