Tanganyika / Belgian Congo Flotilla Mail

Ref: P5228
  • £2350.00

FLOTILLA MAIL. 1915 stampless ‘Admiralty’ O. H. M. S. envelope to London cancelled KAMBOVE 31 AUG 15. A violet crown triple oval ‘ON NAVAL SERVICE / OFFICIAL FREE / ASSISTANT PAYMASTER, AFRICA EXPEDITION’ h/s is on the cover, The Germans had three gunboats on Lake Tanganyika and the allies, concerned about the threat they offered, disassembled two British naval vessels in Cape Town and took them by rail, river and road to Lukuga on the Belgian side of Lake Tanganyika where they were reassembled. This cover was posted in the Belgian Congo en route by a member of this small Flotilla Force (40 members) The British plan was successful with one of the German ships sunk, one captured and one the Germans scuttled. An exceptionally rare cover, only about 15 recorded from the Flotilla members with very few of those being mailed during transportation of the vessels.