Sub-Saharan Africa
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Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa without the Arab North, and without the settler colonies in the South. Sub-Saharan Africa was both a theater of war and a source for the recruitment of soldiers and laborers during the First World War. The main areas fought over were the German colonies of Togo, Cameroon, and German East Africa, as their capture would enable the wireless stations located there to be destroyed, and their harbors neutralized as bases for the German Navy. When British and French forces occup…

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Zimmerer, Jürgen, “Sub-Saharan Africa”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 23 April 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0574>
First published online: 2015



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