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Imperial German Colonial and Overseas Troops 1885–1918

Imperial German Colonial and Overseas Troops 1885–1918 Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review August 2014 Title Imperial German Colonial and Overseas Troops 1885–1918
Author Alejandro de Quesada Publisher Osprey Publishing
Published 2013 ISBN 9781780961644
Format 48 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $17.95


The Centennial of World War I has finally arrived.  And this excellent little Osprey account will superbly supplement your studies of the conflict's principal battlefronts.

The title says it all.  Imperial German Colonial and Overseas Troops 1885–1918 recaps the Kaiser's forces in Africa, the Carribbean, Pacific Islands, and China.

Introductory notes chronicle Germany's "emergence as a colonial power" – and summarize economic activity and Schutztruppe organization, including native elements.  Text next turns to an area-by-area précis of worldwide Imperial German assets.  And coverage concludes with sections on World War I and its "Aftermath".

Period photos, color illustrations, plate commentaries, extended captions, selected bibliography and index augment Osprey's concise account.

Fact-checking the historical accuracy of the classic movie, "The African Queen"?  Looking to broaden your knowledge of WWI beyond Europe?  Consider this splendid introduction!


My sincere thanks to Osprey Publishing for this review sample!