German East Africa

Ref: P4744
  • £395.00

1914 cover sent registered to Amani, then redirected to Korogwe, with a 7½ and 15 Heller cancelled TAVETA DEUTSCHE FELDPOST 2. 11. 14. A blank registration label with manuscript ‘Taveta Deutsche Feldpost’ is on the front of the cover, on the back are Amani 16.11.14 and Korogwe 19.11.14 cancels. The first engagements in East Africa took place in August 1914 and Taveta, which was a border town in Kenya, was seized by the Germans on August 15th. A German force of about 300 soldiers, led by Captain Tom von Prince, advanced across the border and captured the town. The objective was both to strengthen the defence of German East Africa and to provide a base for attacks into British territory, especially on the Uganda Railway.\A rare registered cover sent during the German occupation of Taveta.