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Paul Lettow-Vorbeck (1870-1964)Download nowEnlargeShow similar images

Title: Paul Lettow-Vorbeck (1870-1964)

Description: German General Paul Lettow-Vorbeck (Paul Emil von Lettow-Vorbeck; March 20, 1870-March 9, 1964), second from right, visits a plantation in East Africa in 1914 during World War I. Lettow-Vorbeck commanded one of two German colonial forces, about 5,000 German and African soldiers, in East Africa (today’s Tanzania) during WWI that were not defeated. Lettow-Vorbeck defeated a superior British amphibious force at the coastal town of Tanga in the Battle of Tanga (Battle of the Bees; November 3, 1914-November 5, 1914). In addition to Lettow-Vorbeck’s effective counter-attacks against the invading British, swarms of bees attacked the British 98th Infantry, breaking up its ranks and causing its troops to flee in a screaming rout. The British later claimed that the Germans had planted hidden trip wires to agitate the bee hives that unleashed the bees against the enemy, a pure propaganda fabrication since the bees also attacked German forces. Following the British withdrawal from Tanga, Lettow-Vorbeck attacked the British-occupied town of Jassin (Battle of Jassin; January 18, 1915-January 19, 1915), capturing it and taking 1,300 British prisoners, which he paroled on their promise that they would play no further part in the war. Realizing that he did not have the resources or men to conduct such frontal attacks in the future, Lettow-Vorbeck conducted guerrilla warfare thereafter, leading raids into British East Africa (modern-day Kenya), which, as was the German commander’s intent, tied down as many as 50,000 British troops that could otherwise have served on the Western Front in the European Theater of the War. He mounted effective raids in Northern Rhodesia while British troops pursued his nomadic forces, and did not surrender his undefeated forces until November 23, 1918.

Category: World War I

Keywords: German generals, German military personnel, Prussian generals, German military leaders, African plantations, World War I, WWI, Great War, First World War, guerrilla warfare, German East Africa, Tanzania

Orientation: Landscape

Dimensions: 2625 x 1811 (4.75 MPixels) (1.45)

Print Size: 22.2 x 15.3 cm; 8.8 x 6.0 inches

File Size: 13.63 MB (14,292,568 Bytes)

Resolution: 300 x 300 dpi

Color Depth: 16.7 million (24 BitsPerPixel)

Compression: None

Image Number: 0000048457

Source: Jay Robert Nash Collection

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