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11 comments

Bill Cainan
28 February 2012, 2.44pm

He led the greatest single

He led the greatest single guerilla operation in history.

Mark
1 March 2012, 10.28am

In South African military

In South African military history he holds a place akin to Robert E Lee in the USA. Considered a fine soldier who regretably fought for the "wrong side".

David Cohen
1 March 2012, 4.53pm

No doubt a most capable

No doubt a most capable adversary - unbeaten - he has my vote.

Steve
8 March 2012, 10.41pm

After listening to a recent

After listening to a recent podcast on Lettow-Vorbeck he seems the kind of character that we Brits think we had patented. Dashing, honourable, an excellent commander with a strong sense of loyalty to the native troops under his command. He also is reputed to have told Hitler to go 'f*** himself' when asked to return to service.

George Barry
10 March 2012, 12.33am

A Brilliant leader and worthy

A Brilliant leader and worthy opponent!

staunton
20 March 2012, 2.11pm

Unbeaten and surrendered on

Unbeaten and surrendered on enemy territory post Armistice.....

Richard
20 March 2012, 4.09pm

An astonishing commander.

An astonishing commander. Read "Battle of the Bundu" for a splendid description of his exploits

oldgold
24 March 2012, 1.19pm

Despite my great admiration

Despite my great admiration for such great military leaders as Collins and Botha, my vote has to go to von Lettow-Vorbeck. I agree that 'Battle for the Bundu' is a very good read, but 'Tip and Run, by Edward Paice (Orion Publishing: 2007) is also excellent - and is more comprehensive.

John Hoare
29 March 2012, 7.13pm

My sentiment would favour

My sentiment would favour Collins or Washington but in terms of both the odds he faced and the success he achieved with the very limited forces under his command von Lettow-Vorbeck has to be the winner hands down. Probably the best guerilla warfare commander of all time.

daantjie vorbeck
12 November 2013, 10.09pm

I'm proud to have the same

I'm proud to have the same surname.

Broderick Ailts
3 March 2014, 4.22am

I can trace my ancestry to

I can trace my ancestry to this gentleman and I'm pleased to be a relative. Mother's maiden name is Lettow.

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