11/3/1916 Latema Nek: British and South African forces attack a German strongpoint

South African and British Empire forces are continuing their advance into German East Africa. Now they find themselves facing a strong German position on high ground at Latema Nek. The terrain makes any attempt to outflank impossible, so the Germans are subjected to a series of frontal assaults.

The first two attacks fail with heavy casualties (by the standards of fighting in the African theatre). Then at night South African forces move forward. In the confusion of darkness, this attack too comes unstuck. A withdrawal from the hillside is ordered, preparatory to a new assault in the morning.

image source (Blunders on the Danube)

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