Mimi and Toutou's Big Adventure The Bizarre Battle of Lake Tanganyika (PDF)

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free read Mimi and Toutou's Big Adventure The Bizarre Battle of Lake Tanganyika õ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB When the First World War breaks out the British navy is committed to engaging the enemy wherever there is water to float a ship even if the body of water in uestion is a remote African lake and the enemy an intimidating fleet of German steamers The leader of this improbable mission is Geoffrey Sp. As I have myself crossed Lakes Victoria and Tanganyika and am a huge fan of Huston s African ueen I read Foden s book with great interest Mimi and Toutou were two armed motorboats transported by rail and on foot from Cape Town to near Kigoma to take on a formidable German naval presence The Belgians allies of the British also make an appearanceThis very well written densely researched book is worth buying alone for the portrait of the vainglorious Geoffrey Spice Simpson inveterate liar incompetent naval commander and wont to wearing a skirt in the tropics The final engagements with the German navy led to a relatively small number of horrific maimings and deathsThe book also contains a sketch of the most distinguished participant in the WW1 East African war von Lettow Vorbeck who effectively beat the British with his askaris and his skilful guerrilla tactics When news of Germany s defeat in Europe finally percolated to Africa Lettow Vorbeck wishing to surrender was told by the enemyAwfully sorry old chap but we have no facilities for prisoners of war here Would you mind frightfully marching your chaps to Abercorn I am open to correction but I recall this was a distance of some 1000 miles Abercorn now Mbala has a statue commemorating the parlous British victory I have seen it Lettow Vorbeck an honourable Prussian had no truck with Hitler In the early 1950s a Brit or a South African financed a return visit for him to Tanganyika He received a hero s welcomeBut this book is primarily about the arduous trek made by Spicer Simpson and his men many of whom were as unhinged as he was

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free read Mimi and Toutou's Big Adventure The Bizarre Battle of Lake Tanganyika õ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Icer Simson whose navy career thus far had been distinguished by two sinkings His seemingly impossible charge to trek overland through the African bush hauling Mimi and Toutou two forty foot mahogany gunboats–with a band of cantankerous insubordinate Scotsmen Irishmen and Englishmen to defeat t. This made it to my to read list only because of a planned trip to Tanzania I wanted to find a novel set in Tanzania but settled for this odd mixture of military history and romanticizing British colonialism and not sure what else How many books have dialogue interspersed with footnotes to obscure histories Joseph Conrad Evelyn Waugh and the African ueen The main character Commander Spicer was well a character a farcical too odd to be believed historical figure that just can t be real but was I learned a lot about a very sketchy episode of World War I but found the book frustrating Read this with another traveler or history buff You are going to want to complain about it with someone else to wonder aloud together why it leaves you laughing uneasily how it annoys you and why you keep reading it to the end

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free read Mimi and Toutou's Big Adventure The Bizarre Battle of Lake Tanganyika õ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB He Germans on Lake Tanganyika With its powerfully evoked landscape cast of hilariously colorful characters and remarkable story of hubris ingenuity and perseverance this incredibly bizarre story–inspiration for the classic film The African ueen–is history at its most entertaining and absorbin. The supposedly Great War WWI had numerous sideshows Little forgotten battles Often triggered by left field strategic thinking and carried out with lack lustre intent in some forgotten corner of the globe that generally slipped in to a diminutive satire of the larger European playMimi and Toutou Go Forth covers one such campaign in East Africa The British plan to engage German forces on Lake Tanganyika which is the longest Lake in the world and was of great strategic advantage in Central Africa at the time With no British naval forces on the lake an expedition was undertaken to transport two reconditioned gunboats overland through central Africa defeat Germans and I am not too sure East Africa hardly was going to open a flank on the Western front A plan later riffed upon with the film the African ueen The expedition was undertaken by third string naval officers and the freebooter types lurking about in colonies It plays a bit like a real life Catch 22 A farce in the face of jingoismA generally enjoyable easy read Humorous without eliciting belly laughs A fiction styled narrative may have worked better


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    Giles Foden ë 6 characters Mimi and Toutou's Big Adventure The Bizarre Battle of Lake Tanganyika (PDF) This was an interesting book for several reasons Primarily it is about Spicer Simpson who was the leader of the British expedition that transported the 2 gunboats overland to Lake Tanganyika and subseuently commanded them in their luckily successful encounters Unfortunately he is a classic example of incompetence saved by hard working subord

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    free read Mimi and Toutou's Big Adventure The Bizarre Battle of Lake Tanganyika free download ð PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ë Giles Foden Giles Foden ë 6 characters You just can't make up stuff like this during WWI the British Navy sent the most incompetent pack of idiots ever assembled to defeat a German battleship on a lake in the heart of Africa Sarong wearing ship wrecking pathologically lying man saves the day and proves that it is far better to be lucky than smart

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    free read Mimi and Toutou's Big Adventure The Bizarre Battle of Lake Tanganyika Giles Foden ë 6 characters Mimi and Toutou's Big Adventure The Bizarre Battle of Lake Tanganyika (PDF) As I have myself crossed Lakes Victoria and Tanganyika and am a huge fan of Huston's African ueen I read Foden's book with great interest Mimi and Toutou were two armed motorboats transported by rail and on foot from Cape Town to near Kigoma

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    Mimi and Toutou's Big Adventure The Bizarre Battle of Lake Tanganyika (PDF) Once after re

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    free download ð PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ë Giles Foden Giles Foden ë 6 characters free read Mimi and Toutou's Big Adventure The Bizarre Battle of Lake Tanganyika 35 stars I am not a big reader of military history or small reader for that matterIt just doesn't excite me so books about military history are typically notat the top of my list and even when I add them I tend to avoid readingthem It's probably an unfounded bias since I wouldn't say I have readenough of them to

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    Mimi and Toutou's Big Adventure The Bizarre Battle of Lake Tanganyika (PDF) free download ð PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ë Giles Foden free read Mimi and Toutou's Big Adventure The Bizarre Battle of Lake Tanganyika This made it to my “to read” list only because of a planned trip to Tanzania I wanted to find a novel set in Tanzania bu

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    free read Mimi and Toutou's Big Adventure The Bizarre Battle of Lake Tanganyika Giles Foden ë 6 characters free download ð PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ë Giles Foden Mimi and Toutou's Big Adventure was a book with potential Set in Africa during World War I I was intrigued especially having read Running the Rift Purple Hibiscus and The Thing Around Your Neck earlier this year I had hoped Mimi and Toutou would help me understand how events in the early twentieth century shaped the experiences of the fictional late twentieth centuryearly twenty first century characters in these books

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    Mimi and Toutou's Big Adventure The Bizarre Battle of Lake Tanganyika (PDF) free download ð PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ë Giles Foden Giles Foden ë 6 characters The supposedly Great War WWI had numerous sideshows Little forgotten battles Often triggered by left field strategic thinking and carried out

  9. says: free read Mimi and Toutou's Big Adventure The Bizarre Battle of Lake Tanganyika Mimi and Toutou's Big Adventure The Bizarre Battle of Lake Tanganyika (PDF) Giles Foden ë 6 characters

    Mimi and Toutou's Big Adventure The Bizarre Battle of Lake Tanganyika (PDF) The little known true story of the Battle of Lake Tanganyika during World War I that served as the inspiration for C S Forester's The African ueen and great film adaptation An engrossing entertaining tale of swashbuckling action and adventure and comical ineptitude

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    Mimi and Toutou's Big Adventure The Bizarre Battle of Lake Tanganyika (PDF) This was an unusual read for me The storytelling was fun but I’m not sure how historically accurate it was In World War 1 Belgian and British troops fought against German forces in Africa British big game hunter John Lee noticed that the Germans had control of Africa’s Lake Tanganyika and he traveled to London to report this fact to the Royal Navy and to suggest a plan for the Admiralty to send motorboat

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  • Paperback
  • 272
  • Mimi and Toutou's Big Adventure The Bizarre Battle of Lake Tanganyika
  • Giles Foden
  • English
  • 08 August 2019
  • 9781400075263