KENYA: Builder of Empires

Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell was an empire builder of the Kipling school. All set to enter Oxford at the age of 19, he took a crack at the Army examinations for a lark, finished second out of 700 and wound up as a subaltern in the 13th Hussars in India. An expert at reconnaissance, he served with the 13th in the Afghan War in 1881. On service in Zululand he won the name of Impeesa (The Wolf that Never Sleeps) from the awed natives, moved on to Ashanti and Matabeleland. By the time...

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