Mau-Mau Warrior

Mau-Mau Warrior

By Abiodun Alao; Christa Hook (Illustrator)

Osprey Publishing (UK), Paperback, 9781846030246, 64pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2006

Description
Osprey's study of the Mau Mau Rebellion (1952-1960) in Kenya and its fighters. The Mau Mau Freedom Fighters waged a guerrilla war for eight years against their British colonial rulers, which became known as the Mau Mau Uprising. The Mau Mau sought to win back their land and independence. This underground militia was an extremely powerful force employing tactics, which included the assassination of British settlers and the Africans who collaborated with the British, as well as raiding colonial prisons for weapons and staging daring ambushes in the Kenyan forests and mountains. The conflict saw these untrained warriors, deemed by many to be terrorists employ an innovative mix of traditional African warfare tactics, counterinsurgency methods and European firepower. The uprising ended in failure but set the stage for Kenyan independence in 1963. This title will explore their unique motivations, training and tactics, as well as their battle experience.


About the Author
Alao is a lecturer in the department of War Studies, King's College, University of London.

Ian Castle is an experienced historian who is a member of the Napoleonic Association, the Victorian Military Society and is a consultant for the Anglo Zulu War Historical Society. Ian began writing more than ten years ago and, besides contributing numerous articles to military journals, he has written ten books, five of which are in the Osprey Campaign series The author lives in London, UK.