Lanarkshire Philatelic Society
"World War 1 in German East Africa"
Mr. Gordon Shepherd
of the Lanarkshire Philatelic Society enjoyed a wonderful evening on Friday, 20th
January when Gordon Shepherd of Larkhall presented his display of "World
War 1 in German East Africa".
began by drawing a map to ‘set the scene’ - showing where German East Africa
was at that time (now Tanzania + Burundi and Rwanda); – and surrounded then by
British East Africa (now Kenya);
Uganda; Belgian Congo; Nyasaland and Portuguese East Africa (now
postcards showed the railways which were used to bring in supplies – Mombasa
to Kisimu: Tanga to Moshi: Dar-es-Salaam to Kigoma.
Illustrations of some of the tribal armies which allied with Britain –
Maasai; Kikuyu; Swahili; Kavirande – in tribal dress;
Commanders – both British and German – particularly General Paul von
Lettow-Vorbek, Major General Aitken and Lieut.General Jan C. Smuts;
sinking of HMS
Zanzibar Harbour in September 1914 by SMS
and the retaliation the following year when the Königsberg
was scuttled by HMS
Mersey and HMS
Severn in the
Rufiji River in German East Africa.
The course of the Battles was greatly hampered by a lack of maps –
until the 6th Topographical Section was sent out to prepare maps.
Many postcards detailed various battles happening between the British and
1916 a German gunboat sank a number of Belgian vessels on Lake Tanganyika, so
now Congolese forces entered the war and fought against Germany in the Cameroons
and gained much of the east of German East Africa.
Portuguese East Africa was open for supplies to reach German troops but
after Portugal entered the war this route was blocked.
The Armistice was signed on 25th November 1918 – the Germans
on unconditional surrender.
final postcards illustrated jubilant troops – even General Paul von
Lettow-Vorbeck led his troops victoriously through the Brandenberg Gate in March
Norris led members in thanking Gordon for showing such a magnificent collection
and giving excellent information which brought the whole scene to life.
Our next meeting in the Caledonian Bowling Club, Motherwell Road, Hamilton, is on Friday, 3rd February, 2017, at 7:30pm when our guest will be Professor Ray Welland who will present displays on "World War 1" & "Netherlands and Colonies’.
with an interest in stamps, postal history, postcards etc is very welcome to