Blunders, Booze, and Boats: How WW1 Erupted in Colonial East Africa

When Mr Webb received the telegram: ‘Tipsified Pumgirdles Germany Novel’ it probably took him a moment to register that it was a coded message. It probably took him another moment to dust off his code book, and a final moment to realise the significance of the message. On the Aug. 5 1914, as the District Commissioner of Karonga, a small trading post in British Africa, Mr Webb now had to prepare for war.

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