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East Africa By Motor Lorry. Recollections of an Ex-Motor Transport Driver

East Africa By Motor Lorry. Recollections of an Ex-Motor Transport Driver

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East Africa By Motor Lorry: Recollections of an Ex-Motor Transport Driver

With Photographs, Sketches & a Map by the Author.
John Murray, 1928. First Edition.
Engaging reminiscences of the WWI campaign in Tanganyika and Mozambique, by a Motor Transport driver.
Condition: Quite worn with a fair amount of foxing, one loose page and 2 out of 52 illustrations missing. On the positive side, it is very readable with 50 illustrations and photographs, including a map, and great text.
Another copy in South Africa is selling for R4470.
Foreword by the Author:
"My object in writing these reminiscences is to place on record a true account of work undertaken in a strange and savage country by inexperienced city men, called out from the comfort of their own homes and from the blessings of civilised surroundings, by the exigencies of war, to a new and little-dreamt-of exploratory campaign the like of which, inasmuch as the motor car played such a unique part, will probably never happen again - at least not as we knew it.
My ambition is to interest all those good fellows who, during those hysterical years that now seem so distant, helped to chase that will o' the wisp, Von Lettow, through the eerie fastnesses of Africa's wilds, and to give to friends and all sufficiently interested as interesting account of a plain man's simple adventures.
These were less concerned with the powder and shot activities of warfare than with the difficulties and interests of life in general and motor transport in particular.So I have endeavoured to set down an account of my impressions of the character of the country and its people, their habits and customs, with duly expurgated comments comments on the climate and the fauna ; all linked by the thread of personal experiences. In attempting to portray life in this fascinating country - it included a journey through Portuguese East Africa - and to give pleasures to the reader, I hope I have succeeded." WW Campbell, December 1927

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