Surrendered German Cameroon 1916 or not?

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Surrendered German Cameroon 1916 or not?

Post by Tanzania » 20 Oct 2020 13:28

Surrendered German Cameroon 1916 or not?

In both, German and English Wikipedia, one can read of a surrender of the Germans in Cameroon.

When and where did the de facto surrender or corresponding negotiations take place?

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamerun_i ... _Weltkrieg
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamerun_Campaign

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Re: Surrendered German Cameroon 1916 or not?

Post by danebrog » 11 Jan 2021 00:01

The Schutztruppe never officially surrendered as most remaining German units escaped to the neutral Spanish colony of Rio Muni
A surrender in the broader sense may have taken place with the surrender of Mora Fortress on 18 February 1916, because here the last German troops in Cameroon ceased fighting.

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Re: Surrendered German Cameroon 1916 or not?

Post by Tanzania » 11 Jan 2021 11:47

Hi Oliver,

It was also more of a provocative question because many sources wrote of a surrender.

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Re: Surrendered German Cameroon 1916 or not?

Post by danebrog » 11 Jan 2021 15:31

Hi Holger

Since the troops under von Raben in Mora were the last German troops in Cameroon to lay down their arms, the fighting in Cameroon was officially ended by surrender according to the laws of war. This was a mere formality that did not change the fate of the colony in the slightest, but "honourable surrender" probably sounded better even to the German side than "abandonment of the colony by withdrawing from it". In those days, such subtleties were more important than they are today.
That Wiki only dealt with this aspect superficially is not really surprising, is it? :wink:

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