KENYA: The Darkening War

Before dawn, some 400 Mau Mau came out of their strongholds to fight in the open. They first raided the white man's clubhouse at Thika, 34 miles northeast of Nairobi. They dragged out the African barman and slashed him to bits with their sharp pangas; they tore up a picture of Sir Winston Churchill, downed all the mineral water in the bar, and made off towards the police post at Kandara, 16 miles away. At 9:30 a.m. they confidently attacked the post in bright sunshine−but the British were ready and waiting. A relieving...

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