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Title:The 'Foreign Service' half of 1 King's African Rifles: Nyasaland Askari in British & German East Africa: part 1, August 1914 to January 1915: part 2, February 1915 to March 1916
Author:Fecitt, HarryISNI
Periodical:The Society of Malawi Journal
Geographic terms:Malawi
German East Africa
Central Africa
Subjects:military operations
World War I
colonial forces
black soldiers
History, Archaeology
Great Britain. Army. King's African Rifles--History
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/29779254
Abstract:As the Great War started, there were three battalions of the King's African Rifles (KAR) in existence. 1 KAR had eight companies of Askari. This two-part paper focuses on the deployment of the Nyasaland Askari in British and German East Africa. Part 1 (August 1914 to January 1915) examines the campaigns of 1 KAR in 1914 in Jubaland and on the occasion of the Giriama uprising (both in British East Africa, now Kenya); the defence of the Uganda railway (1914); operations in the Tsavo Valley, Gazi, and the Magadi Soda Lake area (1914, British East Africa); the seizure of Mafia Island (1914-1915, German East Africa, now Tanzania); and the battle for Jasin (1915, German East Africa). Part 2, covering the period February 1915 to March 1916, describes operations near Salaita Hill, in the Upper Tsavo Valley, at Mzima Springs, Mbuyuni, Kasigau, and in the Kahe area, and the advance into German East Africa. Attention is also paid to the debate on the desirability of recruiting more Askari units for service with the British forces in East Africa. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]