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The Crossing of the Rufiji River, German East Africa


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#1 bushfighter

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 11:17 AM

May I direct any Member interested in the Great War East Africa campaign to this link:

http://www.archive.o...gazi203edinuoft

then please read the first article At the River's Brink by Batouri.

You may then want to relate it to a description of the crossing here:

http://www.westernfr...nuary-1917.html

The units involved are easily recognisable, and there is interesting mention of the only white unit involved and of engineering difficulties and the transport situation.

Batouri was in fact Lieutenant Colonel R.M. McClintock DSO, Royal Engineers, and doubtless he was the Sapper in the article.
(Reference footnote 4 on page 499 of Lt Col E.W. Sandes' The Military Engineer in India.)

Robert Lyle McClintock was awarded his DSO in the London Gazette of 19 April 1901 for service in the South African War.
He received a CMG for services in East Africa in the London Gazette of 7 February 1919, page 1941.

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 01:10 PM

Aside from the similarities of incidents and facts what stands out to me is the vibrancy and colour of the first-hand account in comparison to the concise facts of the latter (and here no detriment is intended).

Hippo's, Crocs (muggers) Panthers and Pathans, Sihks and much bygone language made for a 'Ripping Yarn' meets 'Dad's Army' (particularly the episode of the General's Horse) chronicle by way of the African Queen. But stowing away my more romantic ramblings, were they not just the most resourceful and tenacious of men ?

Riveting stuff and many thanks for the posting.


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Posted 06 July 2012 - 12:33 PM

The attached pictures may be of interest - I'm pretty certain (trying to ready my Wife's grandfathers writing on 1"x1" photos) that they are of the crossing - however he was with the 1st Btln. Queen's Own Nigeria Regiment, and the crossing was described here : http://www.archive.o...831860_djvu.txt

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 12:39 PM

Can't seem to load many pictures here, but the full set are : https://plus.google....826496218703313

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 05:22 AM

Paul
Thank you very much for the very interesting photos - have you any more of the campaign (or the previous Cameroons campaign)?

Harry

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 02:11 PM

Hi Harry,

Sadly not ! I think these survived because my wife's grandfather was wounded a few weeks later (at Mkindu on the 18th January), and was sent off to the hospital ship (together with camera) and the to Cape Town to recover !

- Paul



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