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The 1914 war in Togo as seen by a German combatant.
From the beginning of the war in Europe (*), it was clear in Togo that the British and French would conquer our colony. The signs were in the information that reached us of movements of the English troops on our western border and of the French on our northern and eastern borders.
We made our defense preparations in time. The Europeans went to do exercises with the native reservists, border guards and policemen were mobilized. A number of white cadres from the administration were ordered to join the native companies (there was one company in Lomé (160 men) and as far as I know four others (100 men in peacetime) in other places: Misahohé, Sokode, etc.).
A company was also organized with the Europeans, called the European Company. All the Germans who had not been assigned to native companies gathered there. In this company there were many men who belonged to the "Landsturm" or "emergency reserve" and therefore knew nothing about military affairs.
Therefore, some young men who had been soldiers volunteered for the native companies because they had a better chance of facing the enemy. (In fact, the European Company, which was later posted to Atakpame and carried out military exercises there with zeal and courage, never saw combat.)
To the Lomé company - called "Oberleutnant Mans Company" came, for example, the Reserve Lieutenants Schmidt and Kloppenberg, the Reserve Sergeants Major Stoeber and Lent, the Infantry Sergeant Bolnei and Reservist Machine Gun gunner Klempp. Thus six colonial officials made up this company.
When, in early August, the British, advancing from the west along the coast, sent us an ultimatum to surrender Lomé within 24 hours, we did so without resistance. Because we had the most important task of the defense of Kamina, the big and important radio station (opened in July 1914, it had the capacity to link directly with Germany). And also, it would be a shame to destroy Lomé with the beauty of its buildings such as the Government Palace, administrative buildings, churches, missions, factories.
We ourselves took advantage of those 24 hours of delay and one after another the trains left in the direction of Kamina loaded with people, provisions and war material.
Only religious Catholics and Protestants and married people - these by order of the governor - remained in Lomé. However, many families were allowed to come with us, the men to fight and the women as nurses for the "Red Cross". The Mans Company left Lomé last (on August 7 before 6:00 p.m.). All of us were sad to go and leave Lomé without resistance, and move away from the enemy instead of closer to it.
(*) France declared war on Germany on August 3, Great Britain on August 4.
Sources: https://horizon.documentation.ird.fr/ex ... /24344.pdf
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