AFRICAN KAISER, General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck and the Great War in Africa

: Gaudi (R.)

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436pp., maps, paperback, Reprint, London (2017) 2023


General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck (1870-1964), was the commander of the Imperial German Army in the German East Africa campaign during the First World War. 

"If all military histories were as thrilling and well written as African Kaiser, I might give up reading fiction and literary bio­graphy … Gaudi writes with the flair of a latter-day Macaulay. He sets his scenes carefully and describes naval and military action like a novelist. His sentences are models of clarity and vivacity, sometimes further enlivened with wry authorial comments." The Washington Post

"Gaudi is superb on what made von Lettow such a formidable exponent of irregular warfare and on the reasons why his African soldiers would have followed him to the ends of the earth." Literary Review

Robert Gaudi is a freelance writer and historian.