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Tip and Run
Tip and Run: The Untold Tragedy of the First World War in Africa Edward Paice

The story of the First World War in Africa, an almost forgotten conflict that devastated an area five times the size of Germany and killed more than two million people.

On 11 November 1918, the First World War came to an end in Europe. But, in Northern Rhodesia, the bloodshed persisted for another two weeks in what one campaign historian described as 'a war of extermination and attrition without parallel in modern times.'

But for Major-General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, the news of a German republic, and a Kaiser who had fled to Holland, seemed absurd. After approximately 650,000 carrier and civilian deaths in German Ruanda-Urundi and East Africa the hope of peace that armistice brought to Europe was not embraced with the same sense of relief.

In Tip and Run, Paice tells the story of the elusive, relentless and fanatical Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck in an engaging and detailed narrative that exposes the horrors of the European imperial fantasies so lethally visited upon Africa.

'Superb' Sunday Times

'Masterful' Daily Mail

'Gripping' Daily Telegraph

Head of Zeus, an Apollo book * Modern History
09 Dec 2021 * 560pp * £15.99 * 9781800240322
'Superb ... Meticulously researched and written with tremendous lucidity and brio'
William Boyd, Sunday Times
'The definitive history of that war ... Minutely detailed yet entirely engrossing'
Sunday Telegraph
'A masterful, damning, definitive account'
Daily Mail
'A very well researched and well written account of that extraordinary and fascinating sideshow of the First World War, the Anglo-German war in Africa'
Antony Beevor
'Gripping ... I wholeheartedly recommend this fascinating book'
Daily Telegraph
'Exhaustively researched, well written and admirably balanced'
Literary Review
'Engrossing ... A story of the nightmare shaped by European fantasies and lethally visited on African societies'
'Extraordinary, admirably researched history ... As a feat of synthesis and co-ordination of sources, Tip and Run is amazing'
'Very well written and researched, and, with a wealth of detail and good maps, it is certainly a good read'
BBC History.
'A superb account that is as moving as it is incisive ... Tip and Run is a magnificent achievement'
Irish Times.
Edward Paice
Edward Paice
Edward Paice was a History Scholar at Cambridge University and winner of the Leman Prize. After working for several years as an investment analyst in the City, he moved to Africa to write travel and natural history guides in Kenya and newly independent Eritrea. He is the author of Lost Lion of Empire: The Life of 'Cape-to-Cairo' Grogan, nominated by The Week as 'Best Newcomer' in 2001, and Tip and Run, an acclaimed account of the First World War in East Africa. In 2003-04 Paice was awarded a Visiting Fellowship at Magdalene College, Cambridge. Since 2010 he has been Director of Africa Research Institute.
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