When the First World War started, Great Britain immediately attacked the German colonies in Africa, and conquered three of the four colonies in lightning campaigns. Only German East Africa (modern-day Tanzania, Burundi, and Rwanda) withstood the British attacks and held out for the duration of the war. The defence of German East African was organized by Colonel (later General) Lettow-Vorbeck. After the war Britain and France divided Germany's African empire between them.
...the sole creation of the Surma and Mursi tribes of East Africa's Omo Valley. • Pictures by Hans Silvester (Rapho/Camera Press) from the book Natural Fashion: Tribal Decoration from Africa by Hans Silvester, published by Thames and Hudson Read more: