• Short Summary

    West German political and military leaders paid tribute to former General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck - leader of the German forces in East Africa in the first World War - when he celebrated his 90th birthday in Hamburg, Mar 20.

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    West German political and military leaders paid tribute to former General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck - leader of the German forces in East Africa in the first World War - when he celebrated his 90th birthday in Hamburg, Mar 20.

    With a force of 3,500 men, including 155 Germans, he succeeded in resisting and evading nearly 50,000 Allied troops until Nov 25, 1918. After surrendering, he and his men were allowed to keep their arms as a tribute to their exploits.

    Subsequently the General, who helped to put down the Spartacist rising in 1919, became a close friend of his former foe in the field, Field-Marshal Smuts. Except during the last war, they remained in touch until Smuts died.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3JTK1RB25LW4N169TSZ9SI647
    Media URN:
    VLVA3JTK1RB25LW4N169TSZ9SI647
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/03/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:43:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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