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An Italian postcard map of central and southern Africa with insets for New Guinea and Kiautschau, China, with the colonies of Italy, Britain, France, Portugal, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium.
Text:
Il tramonto dell'impero coloniale tedesco The sunset of the German colonial empire
Reverse:
Censura sottoprefettura Terni del 25-5-17 Censorship of the Terni sub-prefecture 25/05/17
Logo: IPA CT Gromo
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Added stamped text:
Sammlung J. Thomas, Sachrang/Obb.
Collection of J. Thomas, Sachrang / Bavaria.

An Italian postcard map of central and southern Africa with insets for New Guinea and Kiautschau, China, with the colonies of Italy, Britain, France, Portugal, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium.

Image text

Il tramonto dell'impero coloniale tedesco

The sunset of the German colonial empire



Reverse:

Censura sottoprefettura Terni del 25-5-17 Censorship of the Terni sub-prefecture 25/05/17



Logo: IPA CT Gromo

130



Added stamped text:

Sammlung J. Thomas, Sachrang/Obb.

Collection of J. Thomas, Sachrang / Bavaria.

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The continent of Africa was largely claimed and colonized by European powers, great and once-great. Germany, unified in 1871, came late to seizing African land, but joined Great Britain, France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, and Italy in dividing the continent.

France supplemented its army with troops from the d├ępartement of Algeria, and its colonies of Morocco, French Equitorial Africa, and Senegal.

Britain seized Egypt in December 1914, deposing its ruler and making it a British protectorate to insure control of the Suez Canal. British colonies included British East Africa, Nigeria, and Rhodesia. The Commonwealth nation the Union of South Africa, independent after the Boer Wars, remained loyal to Britain during the war, and provided troops and laborers to Britain.

Most German forces in Africa were defeated early in the war and German colonies lost. Togo was taken on August 27, 1914, and German Southwest Africa (by forces from South Africa under Botha) in November, 1914. Cameroon held out into 1915.

German General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck led a successful guerrilla war against British, Belgian, and Portuguese troops that lasted beyond the armistice in 1918. Lettow-Vorbeck learned of the armistice on November 14, 1918, three days after it had taken effect. He surrendered his undefeated army on November 25.

Africa is a continent.