Accession Number : ADA513469


Title :   To Live Like a Pig and Die Like a Dog: Environmental Implications for World War I in East Africa


Descriptive Note : Monograph


Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES


Personal Author(s) : Quayle, Chad B


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a513469.pdf


Report Date : 03 Dec 2009


Pagination or Media Count : 68


Abstract : This monograph examines why Great Britain and her allies proved unable to subjugate German forces in East Africa during World War I despite their significant advantages in personnel and material. Great Britain proved unable to subjugate German forces because of the British failure to account for and adapt to the effects of the local environment. The British failure to adapt their organizations and methods of warfare to accommodate the imperatives of the environment provided the German forces with multiple opportunities to continue their struggle. The Germans capitalized upon those opportunities, thereby prolonging World War I in East Africa. The methodology used consists of analyzing the key factors that characterized pre-colonial African warfare and assessing how the environment influenced the development of these distinguishing factors. The findings of this study illustrate the importance of reconciling the conduct of military operations with environmental influences and constraints.


Descriptors :   *UNITED KINGDOM , *MILITARY OPERATIONS , *EAST AFRICA , *TERRAIN , *PARASITIC DISEASES , *GERMANY(EAST AND WEST) , *WEATHER , *FIRST WORLD WAR , GEOGRAPHY , HUMIDITY , GRASSLANDS , TRYPANOSOMIASIS , VEGETATION , MALARIA , TROPICAL REGIONS , CLIMATE , MOUNTAINS , DEMOGRAPHY , HIGH TEMPERATURE , MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , MILITARY HISTORY


Subject Categories : Meteorology
      Humanities and History
      Medicine and Medical Research
      Geography
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE