Mau Mau, Mau Mau, Nairobi, Kenya, Lancashire Fusiliers
Men of the Lancashire Fusiliers camped in a hanger in Nairobi clean their weapons (9mm Sten Submachine Gun and SMLE .303 Lee Enfield Mk.4 rifle) in Kenya during the Mau-Mau crisis 1952 October 1952.British troops were sent to Kenya on the 19th of October 1952 to help deal with the growing Mau Mau uprising. Mau Mau members were travelling around openly throughout the day using pangas (blades) and firearms to attack their victims. Once the British army arrived the Mau Mau were forced out of the towns and into more wooded areas in the hills around Nairobi. Thsi didn't resolve the problem however. The attacks continued and even regular sweeps through the forests with Kenyan trackers failed to dislodge the Mau Mau. In the end despite the rounding up of thousands of suspects it was decided that the only solution was to offer an amnesty to theMau Mau, a move that incensed the white land owners. World at War
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