Salaita Hill

salaita hillStrategically located on the savannah plains between Mt Kilimanjaro and the Pare Mountains, Salaita was the gateway into Taveta and to German East Africa.  Salaita was quickly occupied and made into a strong defensive position by the Germans after the 15th August 1914. The hill was attacked three times by the British who were beaten off with heavy loss twice, 29th March 1915 when 300 troops were involved and 12th February 1916 when 6,000 troops with 18 artillery guns and howitzers and 41machine guns were repulsed by 1,200 soldiers of the Schutztruppe, before being finally liberated after a lengthy artillery bombardment on 8th Mach 1916, German forces having evacuated the hill the evening before.

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