Paul Emil von Lettow-Vorbeck

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General Paul Emil von Lettow-Vorbeck was the commander of German forces in German East Africa in World War I. In November 1914, he defeated a large British force at the Battle of Tanga. Most of his soldiers were local Africans known as Askaris, who proved to be excellent soldiers. In November 1917, at Mahiwa, he again defeated the British, losing 100 men against British losses of 1600. He remained undefeated to the end of World War I in November 1918, winning several other victories, and only laid down his arms when informed that the German High Command had signed an armistice several days earlier. His achievement was a source of pride to Germans in the wake of World War I.