paul lettow vorbeck

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paul lettow vorbeck

Post by singletond » 16 Jul 2021 15:09

There was a WWI East Africa event where the British thought they had surrounded Paul Lettow Vorbeck. During the night the British heard what they thought was heavy guns being readied for the repel the next mornings attack. In the morning the British found the encirclement empty except for a few men who had carted heavy steel plates arounds making the clanging noise the British heard.

Please could someone point me to a historical description of that event.

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Re: paul lettow vorbeck

Post by Cantankerous » 29 Jul 2021 04:10

More info on this event is found at Wikipedia.

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Re: paul lettow vorbeck

Post by Sid Guttridge » 29 Jul 2021 07:22

Hi Cantankerous,

I had a quick look at your link and didn't find this incident mentioned. Could you be more specific?

Cheers,

Sid.

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Re: paul lettow vorbeck

Post by Peter89 » 10 Aug 2021 10:32

singletond wrote:
16 Jul 2021 15:09
There was a WWI East Africa event where the British thought they had surrounded Paul Lettow Vorbeck. During the night the British heard what they thought was heavy guns being readied for the repel the next mornings attack. In the morning the British found the encirclement empty except for a few men who had carted heavy steel plates arounds making the clanging noise the British heard.

Please could someone point me to a historical description of that event.

Dave
Hello Dave,

it might worth to read his memoirs, also available in English (My Reminiscences of East Africa by Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck). If you need a pdf, drop me a message.
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Re: paul lettow vorbeck

Post by Tanzania » 10 Aug 2021 18:26

singletond wrote:
16 Jul 2021 15:09
There was a WWI East Africa event where the British thought they had surrounded Paul Lettow Vorbeck. During the night the British heard what they thought was heavy guns being readied for the repel the next mornings attack. In the morning the British found the encirclement empty except for a few men who had carted heavy steel plates arounds making the clanging noise the British heard.
Please could someone point me to a historical description of that event.
Dave
Hi Dave

Without further details of the time or location, no one can ever give you a specific answer to your question.
What is the source of your information?

Cheers Holger
“Day by day and almost minute by minute the past was brought up to date. . . . All History was a
palimpsest, scraped clean and reinscribed exactly as often as was necessary” – G. ORWELL 1984

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