The First World War in East Africa

Askaris moving a field gun into position, c1914
Julia Seth-Smith looks at the First World War's longest campaign, which for many years has been relegated to a footnote in the history books.

This talk focuses on a theatre of war where disease, thirst, and a charging rhino or marauding lion were as much the enemy as the Germans.

Julia Seth-Smith examines the East Africa campaign, using research based on family photo albums, contemporary accounts and the war diary of Donald Seth-Smith, who emigrated to Kenya at the beginning of the 20th century.

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