Richard Meinertzhagen

Name ID 1034

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1910 Publishes: Meinertzhagen, Richard Kenya Diary (1902-1906)

Extract ID: 3029

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Miller, Charles Battle for the Bundu: The First World War in East Africa
Page Number: 331b
Extract Date: 1930's

ambassador to England!

In 1930, as Nazis began emerging from the woodwork, a disillusioned von Lettow resigned his Reichstag seat. Five years later, he was given the opportunity to re-enter public life when Hitler offered to make him ambassador to England. The suggestion, interestingly, had come from von Lettow's friend, retired Colonel Richard Meinertzhagen, during a visit to Berlin to meet with Hitler on behalf of German Jews. Meinertzhagen reported that Hitler enthusiastically endorsed the first idea and went into a volcanic tantrum over the second. Von Lettow was no less affronted by Hitler's overture, and declined with frigid hauteur.*

After that (possibly even before that) he was on the Nazi blacklist, and although Hitler was not quite up to doing away with the one man who had consistently humiliated Germany's enemies in the First World War, he could see to it that von Lettow was subjected to every possible indignity short of a concentration camp. He was kept under continual surveillance. SA troops sacked his office. No opportunity was lost to slander him. It did not matter that both of his sons were killed in action with the German army in the Second World War.

* During a conversation not long ago with the grand-nephew of a German marine who had fought in the East African campaign, the author brought up the subject of the spurned ambassadorship, remarking: "I understand that von Lettow told Hitler to go fuck himself." "That's right," was the reply, "except that I don't think he put it that politely."

Extract ID: 4400

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Herne, Brian White Hunters: The golden age of African Safaris
Page Number: 203d
Extract Date: 1962

Jackie Carlyon

One of Russell's hunters was Jackie Carlyon, who hailed from Cornwall, England. He was a nephew of fiery soldier Colonel Richard Meinertzhagen. Carlyon, who had private means, came to Africa as a mining engineer, but got a job stooging for a license with George Dove and Russell Douglas. Carlyon was one of the most likeable of men, and one of the few "gun nuts" in the hunting community. He constantly experimented with heavy-caliber weapons, and was an acknowledged ballistics expert. He was also an outstanding shot with heavy rifles, despite his rather puny stature. In 1962 Carlyon's promising career was snuffed out in a car crash, when he was killed with his gunbearer driving from Arusha to Nairobi.

Extract ID: 3824

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Extract Author: Ed Valfierno
Extract Date: 20 May 2001

Kenya Diary

Your advert for the book "KENYA DIARY" by Richard Meinertzhagen lists it as having been published in 1910. No. It was first published in 1957 (and written not long before that), and was reprinted by Eland in 1983; Eland soon withdrew the book from sale because the publisher decided the book was a pack of lies. (It is.)

Extract ID: 4103