Battle of Behobeho

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Battle of Behobeho
Part of East African Campaign
Date 3–4 January 1917
Location Behobeho, German East Africa
Coordinates: 7°38′S 37°53′E / 7.633°S 37.883°E / -7.633; 37.883

 German Empire

 British Empire
Commanders and leaders
German Empire Captain Ernst Otto British Empire Captain Frederick Selous  

The Battle of Behobeho was fought during the East African Campaign of World War I.

The Battle[edit]

After capturing the coastal capital of German East Africa, Dar es Salaam in September 1916, General Jan Smuts ordered his army's advance to halt due to a malaria pandemic that had devastated the soldiers. Shortly after the new year, the 25th Frontiersmen Battalion, led by famous hunter and explorer, Captain Frederick Selous advanced into the interior of the colony,[1] up the Rufiji River. On January 3 British scouts ahead of the battalion reported a column of German soldiers moving down the road. A skirmish ensued. A German marksman reportedly killed Captain Frederick Selous during the battle. It is said that because of his fame Paul Emil von Lettow-Vorbeck, commander of the German forces in German East Africa at the time sent a letter of condolence to the British after his death.


  1. ^ Henley, Jeff. "Beho-Beho Dec 1916 - Jan 1917". Archived from the original on 3 February 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2011. 
  • Chisholm, Hugh (1922). The Encyclopædia Britannica, The Twelfth Edition, Volume 2. New York: The Encyclopædia Britannica Company, LTD.