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LULA-RUGARO AMBUSH 1891
The battle of Lula-Rugaro, 17 August 1891, was fought between the Hehe
people and the Protection Force for German East Africa. It was one of the worst
defeats inflicted on German forces in Africa.
Captain von Zelewski, a ruthless officer nicknamed ‘The Hammer’, was
leading a German punitive expedition into the lands of the Hehe people in what
is now Tanzania when he was ambushed by 2,000 to 3,000 warriors in overgrown
terrain. The Germans had about 450 men, mostly locally recruited Askaris, supported
by field guns and Maxim machine guns, but the artillery was being carried
dismantled on pack animals and never got into action. The Hehe fired one shot
as a signal, then charged with spears. Approximately 10 Europeans, 250 Askaris
and 100 local porters were killed, the rest being forced into a hurried
retreat. Zelewski was speared by a sixteen-year old boy, who was richly
rewarded for his exploit!
Not quite Isandlwana but interesting nonetheless.