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Landings in Sadani - East Africa 1916

Updated: Nov 26, 2023

During July 1916 in East Africa the Germans from Tanga and Pangani made an advance on Sadani. Seamen and Royal Marines from HMS Talbot were landed under Captain Thomas to take the village.

HMS Thistle

HMS Thistle arrived at the same time and took up a position to cover the landing, which was effected without opposition. Shortly after the village was occupied, about 50 of the enemy were reported to be about a mile outside.

Captain Thomas at once advanced with the Royal Marine detachment and engaged the enemy who retired into the bush. He then cut the Pangani-Sadani telegraph line and withdrew again to the village.

The Royal Marines were re-embarked on 29th July.

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The Royal Marines Historical Society (RMHS) was formed in 1964 to encourage research and stimulate an interest in the history of the Royal Marines.

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