World War: Jumbo on the Juba

Jubaland is the name of a real place: a 36,000-square-mile patch of African wilderness inhabited by some 130,000 black Somalis who raise scraggly cattle and camels. Until 1925, Jubaland was a province of Britain's Kenya Colony, but in that year most of it was transferred to Italy. Last week Britain very nearly had it back again—and was set to take a little more. By last week, British and South Africans had chased the Italians as far as the Juba River, which before the transfer marked the boundary between Italian and British colonies. If the British could establish bridgeheads beyond the...

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