Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - 09 - Source: ww1­bat­tle­; first­world­; BBC; CNN; In­ter­na­tional En­cy­clo­pe­dia

The bat­tles here were be­cause of the im­pe­rial colonies. The war in East Africa was the long­est of all – even as the Ar­mistice was be­ing signed in Europe on November 11, the Ger­man and Bri­tish troops were still fight­ing here. There was ac­tion along the coast; in the West and south, the al­lies at­tacked Ger­man-held ports. Most of those who fought here were Africans or In­di­ans. ‘Na­tive car­ri­ers’ in­clud­ing women and chil­dren were used to carry sup­plies and am­mu­ni­tion and many died. 100,000 men died in East Africa and 65,000 in French North Africa and French West Africa. The war also fu­elled mu­tinies in some colonies.

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