The British are attacking Tanga in German East Africa. They have landed a mainly Indian force outside the town and are now advancing to take the port. The German defenders comprise a few European settlers and a much larger number of locally recruited troops known as Askaris.
The British outnumber the Germans 8 to 1 but the fighting does not go their way. The bush terrain outside Tanga is not what their soldiers had been expecting. The attackers find it hard to make progress. Some of the British make it into the town but are then involved in tough street fighting.
In the late afternoon the tide turns against the British. First a swarm of angry bees attacks and routs an Indian regiment. Then more German reinforcements arrive by rail. German commander Lettow-Vorbeck commits them to a flank attack. Despite their massive numerical advantage, the British break and flee back to their landing place.
The battle is now over. The British return to their ships and sail away, leaving behind copious amounts of guns, ammunition and equipment for the Germans.
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