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Tip and Run
Tip and Run: The Untold Tragedy of the First World War in Africa Edward Paice

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 Königsberg, 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. Africa quite simply mattered.

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.

'Superb' Sunday Times

'Masterful' Daily Mail

'Gripping' Daily Telegraph

Head of Zeus, an Apollo book * Military History
04 Feb 2021 * 560pp * £7.99 * 9781800240339
'Superb ... Meticulously researched and written with tremendous lucidity and brio'
William Boyd, Sunday Times
'The definitive history of that war ... Minutely detailed yet entirely engrossing'
Sunday Telegraph
'A masterful, damning, definitive account'
Daily Mail
'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
'Exhaustively researched, well written and admirably balanced'
Literary Review
'Engrossing ... A story of the nightmare shaped by European fantasies and lethally visited on African societies'
'Extraordinary, admirably researched history ... As a feat of synthesis and co-ordination of sources, Tip and Run is amazing'
'Very well written and researched, and, with a wealth of detail and good maps, it is certainly a good read'
BBC History
'A superb account that is as moving as it is incisive ... Tip and Run is a magnificent achievement'
Irish Times
Edward Paice
Edward Paice
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, and was the author of the first guidebook to newly independent Eritrea. 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. He was awarded a Visiting Fellowship by Magdalene College, Cambridge in 2003-4 and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He is married and lives near Tonbridge, Kent.
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