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Kamerunian veterans of Germans' garrisons and the post- Great War period

Volume 16, Issue 1, June 2015, Pages 195–200

 Kamerunian veterans of Germans' garrisons and the post- Great War period

Saliou ABBA and Emmanuel DEKANE

Original language: English

Received 14 April 2015

Copyright © 2015 ISSR Journals. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This article focuses on the post war period, a largely forgotten issue of the study of the history of Great War campaign in Cameroon. The paper analyses how in the First World War aftermath, Kamerunian soldiers who have been enrolled in the German colonial army (Schutztruppe) adapted to the new socio-economic and political contours created by the departure of their military masters. Drawing from the theoretical framework of "New Military History", and using mainly primary records like archival materials, interviews and then secondary literature, the article will re-interrogate the social trajectories of these soldiers, and the challenges they faced in the post Great War period. How these soldiers rehabilitated themselves and adapted to the new socio-political and military environments imposed by the French and British victors following the Great War expeditions, will be examined. This helps link the past with the present, and brings to light the sacrifices of Cameroonian military men over time.

Author Keywords: Great War, Cameroon, schutztruppe, veterans, reinstatement.

How to Cite this Article

Saliou ABBA and Emmanuel DEKANE, “Kamerunian veterans of Germans' garrisons and the post- Great War period,” International Journal of Innovation and Scientific Research, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 195–200, June 2015.