7/8/1914 Britain’s first shot

Togoland is a German colony in West Africa. Germany has a radio transmitter there, a vital communications link to its shipping in the South Atlantic and colonies further away in Africa. To eliminate this transmitter, British troops of the cross the border from the Gold Coast and advance into the colony. An advance patrol encounters a police unit of Togolese lead by Germans. The police fire on the British. Regimental Sergeant Major Alhaji Grunshi of the Gold Coast Regiment fires back. He is the first British soldier to fire on the enemy.

The skirmish with the German police force proves indecisive.

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