The Dar Mutiny of 1964

The Dar Mutiny of 1964

Laurence, Tony & MacRae, Christopher



Article in Apr edition RUSI Journal 'A good read, and an excellent and detailed account �'.

Globe and Laurel. 'I commend you �'

Ben Mkapa, former President Tanzania. 'An extremely useful addition to the history of the period � a very good account �'

General Lord Guthrie. 'This is a valuable historical record �'

Lord Luce, former Minister for Africa. 'A remarkable reconstruction �'

Sir Jophn Coles, former Head of the Diplomatic Service.

Book ID 944

See also

Laurence, Tony & MacRae, Christopher The Dar Mutiny of 1964, 2007
Extract Date: 25 Jan 1964

Book Description

For a few critical days in January 1964, the stability of Tanganyika in east Africa hung in the balance: its army had mutinied.

Rioting and racial killings ensued as the mutineers took over the capital, Dar es Salaam and British officers and NCOs were rounded up and expelled. President Nyerere, the visionary socialist leader, disappeared. He emerged two days later, hoping that the problem was simply a pay dispute, but it was much more than that, and with violent revolution in neighbouring Zanzibar and uprisings in the armies of Uganda and Kenya.

Running out of options, President Nyerere and his ministers reluctantly (and privately) requested urgent British help. The British employed amphibious forces which happened to be in the area, a marine Commando and a small aircraft carrier. Reacting quickly, the hastily improvised force put down the mutiny and restored order with minimal loss of life. It was the last time that British forces would act alone in Africa.

The Dar Mutiny of 1964 draws on many sources, including unpublished works, and interviews with many involved in the events. Tony Laurence and Christopher Macrae were both directly involved in the events and have written a valuable account of this textbook example of the use of limited outside force in support of a legitimate government.

Extract ID: 5348