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Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, a German officer descending from a Pomeranian noble family with a long military tradition, was born on 20 March 1870 in the town of Saarlouis, in the present-day Saarlouis district.
In 1881, at the age of 11, he entered the cadet school in Potsdam, where he stayed for three years. He obtained his diploma from a second school in Groß-Lichterfelde and, in 1888, joined the 4th Regiment of Foot Guards in Berlin as a cadet officer.
His career soon took him far away from...
The story of the light cruiser of the Kaiserliche Marine SMS Königsberg, is inextricably linked to Paul Emil von Lettow-Vorbeck (1870 – 1964), the general who led the German troops in the East African Campaign. The cruiser, in service since the beginning of the war, was commanded by Captain Max Loof, who sank a cargo and a British cruiser, before finding shelter in the delta of the Rufiji River in Tanzania, due to a failure of the boilers. The British forces began a campaign to hunt the cruiser...
"To obtain all we must risk all."
(Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, My Reminiscences of East Africa)

Germany declared war on Portugal in March 1916. The Lusitanian country had entered the conflict in late February, alongside the Entente. Portugal’s contribution to the conflict in Europe was minimal, but was significant for the German colony of East Africa which, from then on, was officially surrounded by the enemy.
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