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A War Poster. 'Believe in yourself and others will too'.

Hand cuffs used for detaining prisoners.

Konigsburg Gun previously located at the Fort Jesus Museum, Mombasa Kenya. It was later on moved to another location at Fort Jesus.

The rear and the side view of the Konigsburg gun.

Pegasus Gun currently located at the Fort Jesus Museum, Mombasa Kenya.

Pegasus Gun used shells. On the right image is the bottom side of the empty shell indicating the size as 4 inches and height of 25 inches. Special acknowledgement to Mr. John Roberts of National Museum of Royal Navy in Britain for his research into the Pegasus shell.

Fitting the Pegasus gun shell in the loading chamber of the Pegasus Gun.

A Flare Gun used by ships to alert for any distress call.

A military pad lock from the Victoria era. It has a 35 year warranty. It was used in East Africa during the Great War. After a hundred years it still works perfectly.

A German bullet shell which was found in the Selous Game Reserve by Mohamed Ismail who was a game warden in the 1970s. It was found 700 yards from where Fredrick Selous was killed. This is the very type of bullet that took the life of Fredrick Selous

Oil Painting, by Mohamed Ismail.
During World War One in East Africa, Some of the Soldiers encountered wild animals in the bush.

Satao the big Tusker. He was killed by poachers in Tsavo East. The human greed is the cause of all destructions.

A Pencil sketch impression titled 'A Happy Warrior'. Below are the words "With humble apologies to G.F Watts P.A."

German East Africa emergency 5 Rupien interim bank notes. These were printed on the battle field, sometimes creating serious errors, as you can see in the illustration. There is an error of numbering in figure A, but rectified and in figure C. The back part has not been printed at all. A great G.E.A. rarity.

Emergency Bank notes. Denomination of 1 Rupie.

War book of German East Africa. This particular book was used in the Great War in East Africa. It has been changed at several locations for it to blend into the war that took place.

Battle for the Bundu book. One of the greatest books on World War One in East Africa, General Vorbeck played a 'merry jungle' with the British in East Africa.

DEUTSCHLAND GROSSTER AFRIKANER. HERMANN V. WISSMAN

German East Africa news paper talking about the war situation dated, 21st April 1915.

German East Africa official announcement dated, 21st April 1915.

Wilkinsons Bayonet used in world war one East Africa.

The Wilkinsons Bayonet at close range.

A recommended Reading. Guerillas of Tsavo by James G. Wilson.

A recommended Reading. World War One in Africa by Anne Samson.

Robert Coryndon autograph. He was the commander in chief of Uganda and Governor during World War 1 and latter for the colony of Kenya. The Nairobi Museum was previously known as the Coryndon Museum.

As you can see the German Mr W. Rosoler is presenting potatoes as gift to the British Mr Mator. This is the cooperation and participation that used to take place prior to war. In 1914 friends turned to foes. This is one of the oldest memos of B.E.A. for G.E.A.

Native Administration Department Brass Case worn by porters for identification in East Africa. Confirmed by James Willson.

World War One Military Belt Buckle.

These bottles, seed grinding stone, pot and ceramic shards and brass case for porter identification were found by the locals during Mwele excavations.

A painting by Betty William dated 1944 Tabora. This old British Askari by the name of S.M. Mgeni serial no 5706, could have also served the British during World War One.

Painting of a Famous coffee vendor by the name of Mdila,who used to sell coffee around the Fort Jesus area during the colonial days.

Belgium Congo bank note. Front and Back side.

The famous quote of Stanley 'Dr Livingstone, I presume'

Dr Carl Peters postal stationery addressed to his wife and his calling card signed by him.He was the pioneer who created Deutsch Ostafrikanische Gesellschaft.

Henry Morton Stanley hand written letter.
The letter's contents is regarding Emin Pasha and Henry's prediction on how the British and Germans should behave in order to rule over East Africa

My Dear friend,
A number of Germans and Austrians write to me in the course of a week but unfortunately they write to me in their own language of which I - to my shame i must admit - do not know a word. When i am married to a certain fair lady - i shall then be lecturable to appreciate their sentiments for she is fluent, a great linguist you might say - Until then i must be content with dropping German affairs into the waste basket ignorant whether they are blessings or curses. For really i am overwhelmed by the hundreds of letters received daily and the hosts of collars. The book thanks goodness is off my hands and i would be willing to pay a round sum for the privilege of a long sleep which i think i deserve. I need absolute rest, from the day i stepped into Africa for i have not enjoyed that sweet balm to tired bodies which i should clearly like to obtain. I hope my dearly beloved is a woman of vigorous disposition who will bear me away with her regions of arousing felicity where the married are said to be at rest.
Carlyle used to say that the Germans were a philosophical people, but i have not found them to be so. They are just as excitable and emotional as the French. In the matter of for instance what were they to emin or he to them, before he was brought out of negroland by us. Emin was English in sentiment though in nature Emin was essentially German. It was English service he aspired for whatever he may be now. His letter to the British foreign office proved it. But what business was it of mine one way or the other. I did not proceed to assist a German or an Englishman but an ideal governor who had fixed direction in my imagination as a man essentially worthy of assistance. He had been sent for into Equatorial , but was besieged as i thought by the Mahadistes and i hoped that a little ammunition would enable him to hold out and until the effect of further light upon his positions would be more general desire to assist him. You recollect i dare say what silly opinion there were about Livingstone. It was my joy on returning from him to give the reading public another view of him - as a man, a Christian, a companion and a gentleman. why should i not do the same for Emin starting as i did with a preconcieved liking a favourably prejudiced? because Emin Would not permit me. He continued in the most extraordinary way to give an answer to my regard for him. There are some things about him which are as much a mystery as ever. Having warned him of our coming, i do not understand why he should not have reached right down further south on the Lake to tell the natives he expected us. The same day he wrote to us so confidentially. On March 25th 1888 he rewrites to Peterman "If Stanley does not come soon, we're lost ". When i meet him six week s later - he tells me nothing of all this. I am in perfect ignorance of his true position and a little frankness might have availed much. When i return to him nine months later he is a prisoner. If i could find any part in me that vexed him in any way, state or form, i would punish it severely. I must even be content to be lost in perplexity. I was with him for twenty six days on my first visit - and my diary is full of pleasantries pleasure chats by the lakeshore of pleasing restfulness, a good deal of letter writing matter between us and every epistle marks mutual pleasure. Whatever opposite views of men and meanings we take only serve to make the pleasure in each other's society keener and hearlty laugh gets into discussion. Never the less a few things create a suspicion in me that there is something very odd about Emin but what its remains among the undiscovered things until my return with the last installment of the relief. But then Emin is a prisoner and all too late. I find that the mystery was that Emin had no real government or province, that he had lived upon the sufferance of his rebel officers. Probably pride had kept him silent, but he was at fault that he was not frank enough, for something might have been done. Whereas being a prisoner then was nothing much for him to do but to come away. How he come away will be best told by the book which records each day's doings. The truth must be told however that from my point of view he remains incomprehensible now as then in the camp of Kavalli. Everybody will make up his own mind about Emin some kindly, others with severity. I only affect to be the reflecting medium and i have endeavored to reflect him charitable, most readers will be too indolent in mind to exercise thought upon the matter, content to leave this matter well alone and they will be wise.
About Emin talking service with the Germans i do not think anyone has a right to criticize him. I hope he will obtain abundant success, he certainly couldnt get more success than i wish him. But the manner of his engagement is just as incomprehensible to me as any portion of his history. I could not make out as why he should not have reached Cairo, thanked the Khedive and sent in his resignation in due form and reached Europe to cities of London and Berlin get as many fold medals as he could store away. If ever he expected a desire for medals, I will do my best to get him all he needs. He may have all for the asking. It is probably his morbid sensitiveness and pride that has seen his greatest obstacle in this and at other times. His fall at Bagamoyo has certainly upset every theory. I ever had of him. When he went into the hospital, a shadow come between him and i so thick and palpable nature that quite obscured the happy relations that i thought was ever true between us. All our officers, are dumbfounded and none of us dare venture upon any opinion as to the cause.
About German aspirations in East and Central Africa - i do not care to speak much. I have no material interest in the subject but a strong sentimental one. While i would wish that the Germans would show an earnest desire to do some good in the their vast and valuable territory between the three lakes Victoria, Tanganyika, and Nyatta it is not my business to seek to limit their ambition if they choose to annex the whole of the continent. It does not matter a coffer cent about who wins Africa but while i have many friends in the British East African company i cannot stand idly looking at them expending their thousand fruitlessly in their attempts to rival German empire. I have told them that until their territory is delimited they are swiftly squandering many uselessly to send expeditions - when they do not know how soon in a fit of disgust they may ash the German to relieve them of the whole.
The arguments applicable to them are also applicable to Germans. If the German colonials think they will make more money by driving the English out of Africa they are much mistaken. It is the healthy rivalry between the two nations that gives East Africa any value. When the English retire in disgust from Africa, German interest in the continent will perish and if by any accident the German were to retire to a similar cause, British interest in it would die away. I should like to see both nations coming to a fair and honorable understanding, then both nations would prosper and make their respect territories fruitful in return. Revolve that thought carefully yourself and you will arrive at the same conclusions, the whole Africa is not worth to Great Britain what a quarrel with German would cost, nor is the continent worth to Germans what a fight with the England would cost.
Therefore in order to stimulate a healthy interest in Africa both nations should agree upon their frontiers - the process of attrition each upon each would produce what I - as a lover of Africa would dearly love to see. England for instance does not care in the least for Congo state - because she has no share in it and cannot have - and if she is driven out of East Africa she will not care for it and the Germans will then cease to take that keen interest in it. Which their pride amongst people it would otherwise have in the neighborhood of a rich, powerful and dominating power.
Yours Faithfull,
Henry M. Stanley


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