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MEINERTZHAGEN, Colonel Richard (1878-1967)

Kenya Diary

Published: Oliver & Boyd, London, 1957

Edition: 1st

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London: Oliver and Boyd, 1957. FIRST EDITION. Royal Octavo (23 x 16cm), pp.viii; 347; [1], blank. With black and white plates and maps throughout. Publisher's near fine brown cloth in a near fine pictorial dust-wrapper. Book is near fine.

Colonel Richard Henry Meinertzhagen, CBE, DSO (1878-1967). Soldier, intelligence officer and ornithologist. He describes his activities as chief of British Military Intelligence for the East African campaign at Nairobi, Kenya. He also saw action in France, Palestine and Sinai. His diary records contain harsh assessments of senior officers, of the role played by the Royal Navy and of the quality of the Indian units dispatched to German East Africa.

He also describes the skirmish at Tanga as "possibly the most disgraceful defeat a British Army has ever suffered". He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order in February 1916.

  • Jacket Condition: Near fine
  • Binding Condition: Near fine
  • Overall Condition: Near fine
  • Size: 8 Vo
  • Sold By: White Eagle Books
  • Contact Person: Andrew Saidi
  • Country: United Kingdom
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