Sunday 28 June 2015
WW1 East Africa
Battle for the Bundu by Charles Miller is the story of the German East African campaign of the Great War under the command of Colonel von Lettow-Vorbeck - which also includes the naval campaign on Lake Tanganyika as well as the Konigsberg affair. After the German cruiser had been sunk her 4.1" guns were salvaged and saw further action under Lettow-Vorbeckand. Let us also not forget the ill-fated dirigible L 59 sent to bring much needed supplies to the German forces.
The Germans were not defeated and remained under arms until after the armistice and Von Lettow-Vorbeck became something of a celebrity to both friend and foe.
I believe that much of this campaign provided Eric with the inspiration for Madasahatta and so I am delighted to have finally gotten hold of a copy - especially as my previous version seems to have disappeared from the face of the earth!
Would I game this campaign? Well I have a very good boardgame based on the East African campaign so the map side would be well taken care of. There are some very nice figures around in a variety of scales but for my money my preference would be for 10mm as Pendraken have a pretty good range for this conflict. In fact, a number of years ago I had planned to do just that with an old gaming friend from SEEMS - my local wargames club.
One for the pending list methinks....