A 47 page book with excellent sketches and colour pictures of native warriors during the period of 1840 to 1900.There are good maps of the migration of these natives from south africa to east africa and some black and white pictures as to how they looked and clothes and weapons they had.The well known are the masai, the nandi, the nyamwesi, the hehe, the turkana and the much feared ruga ruga.There are also 2 pictures of joseph thompson and Henry Stanley. This book will suit readers who read other african books, so that they may identify these native warriors. Read and enjoy.
Chris Peers has written before on the indigenous warriors of Africa and this Osprey Men at Arms is authorative. The artwork is superb and highly useful for modellers and wargamers. There are many photos and copies of original illustrations showing warriors, Arab slave parties, European exploters, camps and so on. A short history and analysis of tactics is given for the major peoples of the region. The book is actually a good read, which is not always the case with the Men At Arms series, so will appeal to general readers who are simply curious about East African warriors and their world. Peers is sympathetic to the cultures he describes and explains why the inhospitable ecosystem of East Africa severely curtailed the options open to the inhabitants.
Osprey are at their best with the men at arms titles and this is an excellent example. A concise well-written overview of the subject is accompanied by some excellent colour plates and many black and white photographs and line drawings. Really good value.