Mau Mau Rebellion

The Emergency in Kenya 1952–1956

Nicholas van der Bijl

* In depth study of a significant but little known colonial war.

* Covers the background and operations, including the highly successful and dangerous clandestine infiltration of the terrorist gangs.

* The author has a fine track record of books on Britain's ‘small wars' from 1945 to 1985.
Date Published :
June 2017
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
16 pages of black and white plates
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781473864573
Pages : 264
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.5 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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$44.95
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Overview
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In The Mau Mau Rebellion, the author describes the background to and the course of a short but brutal late colonial campaign in Kenya. The Mau Mau, a violent and secretive Kikuyu society, aimed to restore the proud tribe’s pre-colonial superiority and rule. The 1940s saw initial targeting of Africans working for the colonial government and by 1952 the situation had deteriorated so badly that a State of Emergency was declared. The plan for mass arrests leaked and many leaders and supporters escaped to the bush where the gangs formed a military structure. Brutal attacks on both whites and loyal natives caused morale problems and local police and military were overwhelmed. Reinforcements were called in, and harsh measures including mass deportation, protected camps, fines, confiscation of property and extreme intelligence gathering employed were employed. War crimes were committed by both sides.

As this well researched book demonstrates the campaign was ultimately successful militarily, politically the dye was cast and paradoxically colonial rule gave way to independence in 1956.

About The Author
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Married with a daughter, Nick van der Bijl served 30 years in the Army, mainly in the Intelligence Corps, that included 3 Commando Brigade throughout the Falklands campaign, three years in Northern Ireland and elsewhere. His second career was as an NHS security manager; also a Justice of the Peace for fifteen years. He is a Trustee of the Military Intelligence Museum. He is retired. He has written a number of books about the Falklands War.

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