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TSL has published The Celebration Husband, a novel by Maya Alexandri set in the first months of the war in Africa.
Best known for its flamboyant Commander Geoffrey Basil Spicer Simson, the Africa Lake or Lake Tanganyika Expedition is often referred to by the names of the two British motor-boats, HMS Mimi and HMS Toutou, which travelled overland from Cape Town to Lake Tanganyika to confront the German Navy in 1915 and 1916. Using Primary Source material in English and French this Chronology places the texts most commonly used for the accounts published to date – both historical and fiction – into the context of the wider campaign in East Africa. As a result, it challenges some of the traditionally held beliefs of the Lake Tanganyika Expedition. This is part 1 of 3.
I’m about 70 pages into the book and already see that I have been laboring under a few misconceptions. For example, until now my understanding was that the British Admiralty hadn’t even considered the Lake Tanganyika issue until John Lee brought his proposal to them in April 1915, but it appears that the Belgians had been requesting British support for that area for several months prior, so here again, Thank You.
I am truly enjoying the read and am already looking forward to Volumes 2 & 3. Can’t wait!!!
Translation of a 1919 Belgian Government report into the experiences of prisoners of war in East Africa during World War 1.
Includes reports by:
Auditor General Dellicour who conducted the enquiry
Italian subjects: Mina and Ursina
German guard Muller
Turkish soldier Skianda
Mr and Mrs de Doncker
Italian subject Sperandio
Swiss subject Steiner
Austrian subject Krassnigg
German subject Karl Ninck
Auditor General Muyelle
Manager GEA Company (DOAG)
Mrs von Kutzleben
Mrs von Steumer
German Soldier Kotl
Pastor von Bodelschwing
Swiss subject Steiner
Campaign journal of prisoner Wasmer
Death threats against prisoners
Death and funeral of PoW Ebert
Mr and Mrs Prietzel
Ms von Kutzleben
Italian subject Pesci
Pastors Johanssen, Kraft, Kootz, Seibt
Part 5: Belgian and native population of GEA including
Major De Clerck’s report
Regents of the Sultan of Urundi