25/1/1917 East Africa: the rains bring an end to the British advance

The British Empire continues its efforts to conquer German East Africa. Some successes have been achieved, with territory overrun and German units forced to retreat. But the main German force under Lettow-Vorbeck remains intact. The Germans have a lot of space to retreat into and winkling them out is not going to be easy.

Now the rains arrive, making it more or less impossible to move large bodies of troops through the colony. The British advance grinds to a halt as the trails turn to mud. As they shelter from the rain, Lettow-Vorbeck and his lieutenants take satisfaction from the knowledge that they remain undefeated, ready to fight on against the enemy once the weather improves.

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