“On the morning of August 3, 1914, the German community of Kinshasa, as well as several hundred specially-recruited
able-bodied Congolese, left port for the Sangha River, the main artery serving eastern Kamerun, then a German
colony. The mission of the “Dongo”, a steamer of the Kamerun Schiffahrt Gesellschaft company, was to link up with
German forces and ships located on the Sangha and return in force to seize Kinshasa and Brazzaville. Unfortunately
for German aspirations, French troops out of Brazzaville aboard the “Albert Dolisie” were on their heels and by August
6 the “Dongo” was captured and German plans to control the upper Congo and Ubangi Rivers were dreams. The
Great War had come to Leopoldville.”
“Authorities in Leopoldville and the colonial capital at Boma did not learn of the formal declaration of war in Europe
until August 5th. The Belgian government authorized aggressive action against the Germans and on August 28, Georges
Moulaert, District Commissioner in Leopoldville, seized the German commercial vessels “Congo” and “Lobaye” (renamed
Liege and Haelen, respectively).”
What is this blog claiming now? If we want to check the different statements, we have to
extract and analyse the individual text passages. The following statements have been made:
1) On the morning of August 3, 1914 . . .
It is mentioned that the European declarations of war on August 3, 1914 were known in Central Africa.
2). . . the German community of Kinshasa . . . (?)
Was there a German community in the capital of the Belgian Congo in 1914, and how big was it?
3) . . . as well as several hundred specially-recruited able-bodied Congolese . . . (?)
Here it is alleged that the Germans recruited several hundred Congolese in the Belgian territory and transported them to German territory.
4) . . . The mission of the “Dongo”, . . (?)
Was there a steamer “Dongo”, of the `Deutschen Kameruner Schifffahrt-Gesellschaft´, in 1914?
5) . . . was to link up with German forces and ships located on the Sangha . . .
Which forces of the `Schutztruppe´ were there in 1914 in the extreme south-east of the `Sangha Corner '?
How strong and where were they stationed? What other German ships were there at that time?
7) . . . and return in force to seize Kinshasa and Brazzaville. (?)
What reputable source mentions the plan of the `Schutztruppe´ to seize Léopoldville (Kinshasa) and Brazzaville?
On the lower section of the map we see the whole area of the `Sangha Corner´, which was part of
`Neu-Kamerun´ from 1911 and the connection on the Congo River from Léopoldville (Kinshasa) in
Belgian Congo and Brazzaville in French Equatorial-Africa to Bonga in German Cameroon at the
estuary of the Sangha River in the Congo, as well as further up the Sangha River to in the vicinity of
Wesso in French Equatorial-Africa. Some German companies and posts are also listed on this map.
Original Source: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/ ... amerun.jpg
We will try to investigate these further questions.
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