After three years' bitter fighting and 11,400
killings (including 9,400 Mau Mau, 35 white settlers, 550 soldiers),
the British army in Kenya thought it had the Mau Mau war well enough
under control to announce the withdrawal, within the next four months,
of 2,500 British and 1,000 African troopsalmost one quarter of the
total force engaged.
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