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3 Sept 1916, in Africa, abandoned German 4.1-inch (105mm) gun from SMS KÖNIGSBERG

3 Sept 1916, in Africa, abandoned German 4.1-inch (105mm) gun from SMS KÖNIGSBERG

4.1 in light cruiser SMS Konigsberg trapped in the Rufiji delta in what is now Tanzania, 1915.  After several British attempts to destroy her, shallow bottom monitors finally succeeded late that year.  Her guns were salvaged by her crew, which fought on with German East African forces in one of the least known campaigns of the war.

SMS Königsberg Geschichte und technische Details des Kleinen Kreuzers der Kaiserlichen Marine in zeitgenössischen Postkarten und Texten.

4TH BATTALION KINGS AFRICAN RIFLES IN GERMAN EAST AFRICA, FIRST WORLD WAR

4TH BATTALION KINGS AFRICAN RIFLES IN GERMAN EAST AFRICA, FIRST WORLD WAR

Thousands Of African Skulls And Bones Are Still Being Held In Germany

Thousands Of African Skulls And Bones Are Still Being Held In Germany

German light cruiser SMS Königsberg, scuttled in the Rufiji delta of what is now Tanzania after bombardment by British shallow draft Monitors HMS Severn and HMS Mersey in July 1915.  Her 4.1 in guns have already been removed by her crew in this photo, and served on in the East African campaign.

German light cruiser SMS Königsberg, scuttled in the Rufiji delta of what is now Tanzania after bombardment by British shallow draft Monitors HMS Severn and HMS Mersey in July 1915. Her 4.1 in guns have already been removed by her crew in this photo, and served on in the East African campaign.

South African infantry advance towards the Kahe battlefield, March 1916, via Flickr. Kilimanjaro: The Lost History  http://africanencounters.blogspot.com/

South African infantry advance towards the Kahe battlefield, March 1916, via Flickr. Kilimanjaro: The Lost History http://africanencounters.blogspot.com/

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