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Tip and Run

Controversial and groundbreaking account of the infamous East African campaign during First World War In the aftermath of the Great War the East Africa campaign was destined to be dismissed by many in Britain as a remote 'sideshow' in which only a handful of names and episodes - the Koenigsberg, von Lettow-Vorbeck, the 'Naval Expedition to Lake Tanganyika' - achieved any lasting notoriety. But to the other combatant powers - Germany, South Africa, India, Belgium and Portugal - it was, and would remain, a campaign of huge importance. A 'small war', consisting of a few 'local affairs', was all that was expected in August 1914 as Britain moved to eliminate the threat to the high seas of German naval bases in Africa. But two weeks after the Armistice was signed in Europe British and German troops were still fighting in Africa after four years of what one campaign historian described as 'a war of extermination and attrition without parallel in modern times'. The expense of the campaign to the British Empire was immense, the Allied and German 'butchers bills' even greater. But the most tragic consequence of the two sides' deadly game of 'tip and run' was the devastation of an area five times the size of Germany, and civilian suffering on a scale unimaginable in Europe. Such was the cost of 'The White Man's Palaver', the final phase of the European conquest of Africa.
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By the Sunday Times best-selling author of LOST LION OF EMPIRE: THE LIFE OF 'CAPE TO CAIRO' GROGAN Includes the real stories behind the classic Humphrey Bogart/ Katharine Hepburn film THE AFRICAN QUEEN, William Boyd's Booker shortlisted novel AN ICE-CREAM WAR, Wilbur Smith's thriller SHOUT AT THE DEVIL. and two of the Young Indiana Jones films 'Superb ... meticulously researched and written with tremendous lucidity and brio' Sunday Times 'The definitive history of that war ... Minutely detailed yet entirely engrossing' Sunday Telegraph 'A masterful, damning, definitive account' Daily Mail 'Edward Paice's Tip and Run is a very well-researched and well written account of that extraordinary and fascinating sideshow of the First World War, the Anglo-German war in Africa' Antony Beevor 'Gripping ... I wholeheartedly recommend this fascinating book' Daily Telegraph

About the Author

Edward Paice was a History Scholar at Cambridge and winner of the Leman prize. After a decade working in the City he spent four years living and writing in East Africa. His acclaimed biography Lost Lion of Empire: The Life of 'Cape-to-Cairo' Grogan, nominated by The Week as 'Best Newcomer', was published in 2001. Edward Paice was awarded a Visting Fellowship by Magdalene College, Cambridge in 2003-4. He is married.


"[Paice] brillaintly chronicles a conflict as gruelling in its different way as that in Gallipoli or France" SUNDAY TELEGRAPH "A fascinating account of a largely forgotten episode" -- Simon Shaw MAIL ON SUNDAY "superb... [Paice] explains in vivid, relentless detail much of what makes Africa what it is today" Daily Telegraph

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