Branch: Kaiserliche Heer
Born: 20 March 1870 in Saarlouis, Saarland, Germany.
Died: 9 March 1964 in Hamburg, Germany.
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Paul Emil von Lettow-Vorbeck was born at Saarlouis, 20 March 1870. Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck entered the Germany army as a lieutenant of artillery. Shortly before the outbreak of the Great War Paul Emil von Lettow was in command of a battery in Cameroons but Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck first came into prominence in connection with the German operations in East Africa, 1914 to 1915 then being a colonel and commander-in-chief of the German forces in that region.
After the British under Smuts took the offensive, Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck made a skilful retreat and escaped into Portuguese East Africa in 1917 in which year Wilhelm II advanced him to the rank of general. In March 1918 Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck became division commander of the Reichswehr and Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck quelled the communist rising in Hamburg in June 1919. In 1932 Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck visited London and attended a reconciliation dinner at which Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck met his former opponent in East Africa, General Smuts. Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck published My Reminiscences of East Africa, 1920.
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