12 May 2008

How the other half live

From a book on an East African military campaign in the First World War, describing the unruly aftermath of the capturing of the town of Bukoba on Lake Victoria from the Germans in 1915:

'Some of the [British] looters, writes Byron Falwell, "were scandalised … by their glimpses of the Germans' sex lives. One soldier discovered companion photographs of the German commandant: in the first he stood resplendent in full dress uniform beside a woman (his wife?) who was completely naked; in the second, the same woman stood fully dressed in formal attire beside the naked commandant'

- Giles Foden, 'Mimi and Toutou Go Forth: The Bizarre Battle of Lake Tanganyika', 2004

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