EUROPE COMMEMORATES THE GUNS FALLING SILENT 100 YEARS AGO AS AFRICA’S TURN STILL TWO WEEKS AWAY
(Posted 10th November 2018)
This weekend marks 100 years since the guns fell silent in Europe after the ‘armistice’ of truce was signed ending the First World War.
In Africa, however, this still took a two further weeks till the German Schutztruppe led by General von Lettow Vorbeck finally laid down their arms in Mbala in Northern Zambia on the 25th November 1918.
Tomorrow there will be Services of Remembrance taking place across the world at 11 am to remember everyone, of all races, creeds, and ethnicity who played a role, at home and abroad, in the Great War of 1914-1918 and all subsequent wars.
In Kenya, there will be Services of Remembrance held at the CWGC Cemeteries at Ngong, Mbaraki, Nanyuki, and Gilgil. Relevant authorities in Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi did not revert about commemorations held there, as these former colonies and protectorates too were involved in the war effort a century ago.
If you can’t make a service, please stop what you’re doing at 11 am for 2 minutes and remember all those who have passed on while serving their country.
(Part of the East African Campaign Display at Sarova Taita Hills Lodge)
The small museum at Sarova Taita Hills Lodge is showcasing events and locations for visitors to the Taita / Taveta area. The beautiful model portraying Mashoti Fort arrived just in time thanks to the teams at Kesom Freight International and Fargo Couriers.
A huge thank you is also due to everyone who contributed to making this exhibit happen including BATUK, Tropical Ice Safaris, Friends of Fort Jesus, Pollmans Tours and Safaris, Seaforth Shipping, Old Africa, Osprey Publishing UK, German Embassy – Nairobi, Coastweek Newspaper, Fargo Courier, Kesom Freight International. Great War in Africa Association, Theater of War UK, Keystone Enterprises, Branding Concepts and Sarova Hotels.
Special thanks however must go to Mr. Willie Mwadilo, General Manager of the Sarova Taita Hills and the Sarova Salt Lick lodges, and his amazing team. Through their enthusiasm, support, and encouragement of this tiny Chapter of Kenya’s vibrant history and culture has been given another voice, filled by many exhibits collected from the battlefields of a hundred years ago.
Also mentioned must be Mr. William Kimani, one of Willie’s staff at the lodge and his maintenance crew. From rolls of PVC and Canvas, they worked tirelessly to produce all the woodwork, hang all the panels and ensure the lighting is perfect.
ATC News has over the past several years published a series of feature articles under the heading ‘Battlefield East Africa‘ which can be accessed by clicking on the links below: