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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2017 11:40 a.m. PST

… Battles of World War One.

"Lake Tanganyika is the longest freshwater lake in the world, and a natural wonder but one of the strangest battles of WWI took place on its placid waters.

Lake Tanganyika sits between Tanzania (then German East Africa) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (then Belgian Congo). The Allies wanted to capture German East Africa, but they needed to control the lake to do so. The Germans, however, dominated the lake due to their ship the SMS Graf von Goetzen.

British troops were able to push into German territory from the sea and coast, but the great lake severely hampered their inland movements. German control of the lake meant they were able to move troops along it and redeploy behind British lines, thwarting any invasion…"
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Cacique Caribe Inactive Member07 Nov 2017 1:01 p.m. PST

Starting with the cool name!

I once met a young girl named Zika,
Who was born on Lake Tanganyika …


Andrew Preziosi07 Nov 2017 1:46 p.m. PST

Two books…

Mimi and Toutou

Utmost Fish

jurgenation Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2017 2:37 p.m. PST

also the book by Peter Shankland .."The Phantom flotilla"..great story.

KPinder07 Nov 2017 3:12 p.m. PST

And, of course the largest combatant ship is still afloat and operational.

Andrew Preziosi07 Nov 2017 4:01 p.m. PST

My GF travelled on it about ten years ago while doing research on mullosks several years back!

Thanks Jurgenation…I forgot that one!

cubezombie Inactive Member07 Nov 2017 5:19 p.m. PST

One of the members of our gaming club put this on as a game a couple of years ago, great fun!


Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2017 8:10 p.m. PST

Wasn't there a movie about the sinking of that big ship?

Andrew Preziosi08 Nov 2017 2:10 a.m. PST

Shout at the Devil… Roger Moore, Lee Marvin.

TGerritsen08 Nov 2017 6:38 a.m. PST

Shout at the Devil was loosely based on the light cruiser Konigsberg, which holed up in a river on the East Coast of Africa. I believe the movie you are looking for is ‘The African Queen,' though that is a work of fiction, it is based on the ship and lake described here.

Phil Fry Inactive Member08 Nov 2017 7:35 a.m. PST

The novel "The African Queen", by none other than C. S. Forester, was published in 1935. Made into a movie in 1951.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2017 9:58 a.m. PST

Dany… lucky you that your wife didn't read the fórum… (smile)


Cacique Caribe Inactive Member09 Nov 2017 2:50 a.m. PST

Please don't tell her! Lol


Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP09 Nov 2017 9:46 p.m. PST

Never me… but Gwen can… (smile)


Bozkashi Jones13 Nov 2017 3:08 a.m. PST

I'd love to see a movie of this, but one that examines the people, not just the "Boy's Own" adventure. Spicer-Spencer was a Kurtz like character, eccentric, vainglorious and deeply unpleasant.

The movie should be Apocalypse Now meets Fitzcoraldo meets Carry On Up The Khyber…

Now there's a pitch!


Legion 414 Nov 2017 7:40 a.m. PST

Shout at the Devil… Roger Moore, Lee Marvin.
I remember that movie Andrew. Was pretty good for it's time. And based somewhat on a little known event.

And of course "The African Queen" is a classic …

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