German Troops on African Soil in World War I

Most people are aware of French, Belgian and British troops on African soil during WW I,  as those countries have a lasting influence here if only for their languages left behind.  But far fewer people are aware that German troops had a large garrison in Kamerun (modern-day Cameroon).  The Allied forces of Belgium, Great Britain and France defeated the German forces on the African Continent by February  of 1916 and forced their evacuation to, and eventual interment on, Spanish Guinea (Modern-day Equatorial Guinea).  The majority of the soldiers fighting for the German Army were African.  Look closely at the pictures below and you will see a tribute to the “German” Soldiers.

The Inscription on the monument is in German and reads;

“The Brave Defenders of Germany’s Honor.  The Imperial Protection Force for Cameroon.”


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I am an adventure-loving American man, with a severe case of wander-lust and a desire to experience as much of this wonderful world as humanly possible. Every place I have visited or lived has taught me something about life and helped me grow. For me, traveling opens my eyes to how similar the human race is, yet at the same time, how unique we all are. I hope this blog will motivate you to put down the TV remote, dust off your backpack and decide to take a chance on an adventure. It can be a walk in a new neighborhood 2 miles from home or a trip to a far off distant land. I have lived in or visited over 50 countries during my life and hope to see many more. I want to share my experiences. I hope you enjoy the blog. -WAND3R3R, Somewhere on the Globe, 2014.