Location of Mount Lubafu in East Africa?

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Location of Mount Lubafu in East Africa?

Postby Tanzania » 07 Mar 2017 18:03

Location of Mount Labafu in East Africa?Any idea where is Mount Lubafu in German-East Africa?
Seems to be a fortified place; conquered of defended from the Belgian Force Public?!?ImageOriginal Source:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/EST-AFRICAIN-EM ... 56/?_ul=AR
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Re: Location of Mount Lubafu in East Africa?

Postby danebrog » 11 Mar 2017 11:30

Have a glance at:
http://www.kaowarsom.be/documents/bbom/ ... Joseph.pdf
There we find a Goma - Mont Lubafu line. Also they mention a Mont Tshanjarue and a Mont Bulele. The text describes a Belgian Operation about 25/09/1914 near Lake Kivu

Regarding to this site, the Operation was launched at 04/10/1914
http://renaudjuste.wixsite.com/henrydel ... e-mondiale

Also:
http://www.wardeadregister.be/de/content/terlinden-0
Sterbedatum: 04/10/1914
Ort des Todes:
Kisenyi (Rwanda) - Lubafu (Rwanda)

obviously there was a second action around 1916
http://www.1914-1918.be/cimetieres_belg ... ricain.php

Also there´s a Belgian Newspaper from 20/04/1916 who has an article "a l`assaut du Mont Lubafu"
There the Mission Niondo was located nearby:
https://hetarchief.be/de/media/lecho-be ... JROHDc6pL6

Finally a sattelite view:
http://travelingluck.com/Africa/Congo+(Kinshasa)/(CG07)/_211137_Lubafu.html

After all I would assume Mont Boma was a Belgian Fortification
Hope this helpy a little

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Re: Location of Mount Lubafu in East Africa?

Postby danebrog » 11 Mar 2017 12:50

And here we are:

https://ia600807.us.archive.org/16/item ... ch.edu.pdf

The Windsor Magazine, pg 264 (numbering 301 in .pdf)
A Record of Valor
The Belgian´s part in the war in Africa

At
the beginning of the campaign, when there
was a lack of European officers, it frequently
happened that they skilfully led their men
against superior German forces and put them
to rout. This was actually the case with the
native sergeant Otohu, who, on September 2,
1915
, holding with only thirty of his men
the much-exposed post of Mount Lubafu,
found hiraself attacked by four German
columns, composed of 120 natives and
6 Europeans. The Belgian sergeant repulsed
the first column, and then turned against the
three others, which had succeeded in getting
past his positions. The Germans were
routed, and fled.


Onkel Ludwig could be of help. Unfortunately I have my specimen not at hand.
But the entire region was Wintgens Playground...

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Re: Location of Mount Lubafu in East Africa?

Postby stevebecker » 12 Mar 2017 02:08

Mate,

What do the German say about this?

While small forces have defeated large forces more then once in history, one has to wonder about the Germans orders here?

Like advance to contact, avoid contact, recee in force until meeting contact?

S.B

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Re: Location of Mount Lubafu in East Africa?

Postby danebrog » 12 Mar 2017 10:09

Hmm..I would say:
Mont Lubafu was a fortified position of the Belgian Force Publique at the northern Edge of Lake Kivu.
This in direct response to Holgers question above.
Furthermore the sources called us there were three documented actions at:
04/10/1914
02/09/1915
20/04/1916

In order to locate the exact location and further informations the knowledge base tell us:
The entire region was under command of Major Wintgens from the Schutztruppe.
Ludwig Boell wrote a very detailled chronicle about the Schutztruppe, hence these engagements should be documented there.

The heroical tenor of contemporary publications like the last source is far less interesting (as we have more reliable sources as war diaries and - of course - Boells chronicle) ;-)

hope this helps 8-)

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Re: Location of Mount Lubafu in East Africa?

Postby Tanzania » 09 Apr 2017 09:30

As you know, I am currently very busy with other topics for GEA, so the late answer.
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The Lubafu mountain (1890 meters high), which was named by the Belgians, is located in the North-West
corner of the former German East Africa. On the German side, it was called Kissi-Berg and was part of the
so-called `Ssebeja-Position', north of the border post Kissenji on the Kiwu-lake. The border-fights between
the German `Schutztruppe´ and the Belgian `Force Public´ took place between August 1914 and April 1916.
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The Lubafu-Mountain / Kissi-Berg changed during this time several times the owner. The motif of the Belgian
postcard was probably taken in February 1916.
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Original map: http://sammlungen.ub.uni-frankfurt.de/k ... ew/7789247
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The Lubafu-Mountain / Kissi-Berg. In the background is the Nyiragongo-Vulcan lying on the Congolese side.
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