My Reminiscences of East Africa (Classic Reprint) (Paperback)

By General Von Lettow-Vorbeck

Forgotten Books, 9781440078378, 370pp.

Publication Date: July 28, 2018

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Excerpt from My Reminiscences of East Africa
N all the German colonies, though but a few decades old, a life full of promise was discernible. We were beginning to under stand the national value of our colonial possessions; settlers and capital were venturing in; industries and factories were beginning to flourish. Compared with that of other nations, the colonizing process of Germany had progressed peacefully and steadily, and the inhabitants had confidence in the justice of German administration. This development had barely commenced when it was destroyed by the world war. In spite of all tangible proofs to the contrary, an unjustifiable caign of falsehood is being conducted in order to make the world believe that the Germans lacked colonizing talent and were cruel to the natives.
A small force, mainly composed of these very natives, opposed this development. Almost without any external means of coercion, even without immediate payment, this force, with its numerous native followers, faithfully followed its German leaders throughout the whole of the prolonged war against a more than hundredfold superiority. When the armistice came it was still fit to fight, and imbued with the best soldierly spirit. That is a fact which cannot be controverted, and is in itself a sufficient answer to the hostile mis-statements.
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