Kenya Diary 1899-1926. Colonel Richard MEINERTZHAGEN.

Kenya Diary 1899-1926.

London: Oliver and Boyd, 1957. [Travel/Military] FIRST EDITION. Royal Octavo (23 x 16cm), pp.viii; 347; [1], blank. With black and white plates and maps throughout. Publisher's brown cloth in pictorial dust-wrapper. Bookplate of T.R. Young bearing the Latin text of "always something new from Africa". Book is near fine, jacket chipped at crown, spine sunned; very good Colonel Richard Henry Meinertzhagen, CBE, DSO (1878-1967). Soldier, intelligence officer and ornithologist. He he describes his activities as chief of British Military Intelligence for the East African campaign at Nairobi, Kenya. He also saw action in France, Palestine and Sinai. His diaried records contain harsh assessments of senior officers, of the role played by the Royal Navy and of the quality of the Indian units dispatched to German East Africa. He also describes the skirmish at Tanga as "possibly the most disgraceful defeat a British Army has ever suffered". He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order in February 1916 and his writing was greatly admired by the thriller writer Ian Fleming. Item #51162

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