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Askari Was A Local Soldier Serving In The Armies Of The European Colonial Racist Powers In Africa And World

Posted by The Reunion Black Family on February 9, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Do you remem­ber The Askaris? Do you remem­ber the Buf­falo sol­diers and all the other YES-SIR-NO-SIR NEGROES that have his­tor­i­cally bowed down and served their white mas­ters faith­fully till the very end?

An askari was a local soldier serving in the armies of the European colonial powers in Africa, particularly in East Africa, Northeast Africa, and Central Africa. Not only was the word used in that sense in English, but also in French, German, Italian, Urdu and Portuguese. The designation is still in use today to describe police, gendarmerie and security guards.

During the period of the European colonial empires in Africa, locally recruited soldiers were employed by Italian, British, Portuguese, German and Belgian colonial armies. They played a crucial role in the conquest of the various colonial possessions, and subsequently served as garrison and internal security forces. During both World Wars askari units served outside their colonies of origin, in various parts of Africa, the Middle East and Asia.


The word askari is a loan word from Arabic عسكري (ʿaskarī;) meaning "soldier". The Arabic word is a derivation from عسكر (ʿaskar) meaning "army", which in turn is from Persian لشکر (laškar). Words for "(a regular) soldier" derived from these Arabic words are found in Amharic, Azeri, Somali, Swahili, Tajik, Turkish and Urdu.


Nazi Austin Mahone Germany Hiwi (volunteer)

During WWII, the Germans used the term "askaris" for Red Army, largely Russian, deserters who formed units fighting against the Red Army and in other action on the Eastern front. Soviet archives apply the term to Latvians, Lithuanians, and Ukrainians—who all fought against the Red Army, not Russians.

This term was also applied[who?] to the Western Ukrainian volunteer units like the Nightingale Battalion, Schuma battalions, and the 14th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS, which was used in many operations during WWII. Most of them were either Red Army deserters or anti-communist peasants recruited from Western Ukrainian rural areas under German occupation.


British colonies


Soldiers of the King's African Rifles at the coronation of King Edward VII in 1902

The Imperial British East Africa Company raised units of askaris from among the Swahili people, the Sudanese and Somalis. There was no official uniform, nor standardised weaponry. Many of the askaris campaigned in their native dress. Officers usually wore civilian clothes. From 1895 the British askaris were organised into a regular, disciplined, uniformed force called the East African Rifles, later part of the King's African Rifles. The designation of "askari" was retained for locally recruited troops in the King's African Rifles, smaller military units and police forces in the colonies until the end of British imperial rule in Kenya, Tanganyika and Uganda during the period 1961-63.


German colonies


The German Colonial Army (Schutztruppe) of the German Empire employed native troops with European officers and NCOs in its colonies. The main concentration of such locally recruited troops was in German East Africa (now Tanzania.) Formed in 1881 after the transfer of the Wissmanntruppe (raised in 1889 to suppress the Abushiri Revolt) to German imperial control.

The first askaris formed in German East Africa were raised by DAOG (Deutsche Ost-Afrika Gesellschaft - the German East Africa Company) in about 1888. Originally drawn from Sudanese mercenaries, the German askaris were subsequently recruited from the Wahehe and Angoni tribal groups. They were harshly disciplined but well paid (on a scale twice that of their British counterparts in the King's African Rifles), and highly trained by German cadres who were themselves subject to a rigorous selection process. Prior to 1914 the basic Schutztruppe unit in Southeast Africa was the feldkompanie comprising seven or eight German officers and NCOs with between 150 and 200 askaris (usually 160) - including two machine gun teams.

Such small independent commands were often supplemented by tribal irregulars or ruga-ruga.

They were successfully used in German East Africa where 11,000 askaris, porters and their European officers, commanded by Paul Emil von Lettow-Vorbeck, managed to resist numerically superior British, Portuguese and Belgian colonial forces until the end of World War I in 1918.

The Weimar Republic provided pension payments to the German askaris. Due to interruptions during the worldwide depression and World War II, the parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) voted in 1964 to fund the back pay of the askaris still alive. The West German embassy at Dar es Salaam identified approximately 350 ex-askaris and set up a temporary cashiers office at Mwanza on Lake Victoria.


Original caption: "Askaris used during the operation."

Only a few claimants could produce the certificates given to them in 1918; others provided pieces of their old uniforms as proof of service. The banker who had brought the money came up with an idea: as each claimant stepped forward he was handed a broom and ordered in German to perform the manual of arms. Not one of them failed the test.


Portuguese colonies


In Portuguese West Africa, and most other African colonies of the Portuguese Empire, local askaris were recruited. These were used to keep the peace in the nation-sized colonies. During the 20th century, all the indigenous troops were merged into a Portuguese colonial army. This military was segregated along lines of race, and until 1960 there were three classes of soldiers: commissioned soldiers (European whites), overseas soldiers (black African "civilizados") and native soldiers (Africans who lived in the Portuguese colonies). These categories were renamed to 1st, 2nd and 3rd class in 1960 - which effectively corresponded to the same classification


When Mus­solini decided that Ethiopia should become Ital­ian prop­erty, he found no dif­fi­culty in recruit­ing such despi­ca­ble char­ac­ters to attack their own peo­ple on behalf of their white mas­ters. They were known back then as Askaris.


When Mus­solini decided that Ethiopia should become Ital­ian prop­erty, he found no dif­fi­culty in recruit­ing such despi­ca­ble char­ac­ters to attack their own peo­ple on behalf of their white mas­ters. They were known back then as Askaris.


The Askaris or Black Eritrean sol­diers, were mem­bers of the reg­u­lar Ital­ian Colo­nial infantry who pro­vided the army’s spear-point dur­ing Italy’s inva­sion of Ethiopia in the 1930s. They largely belonged to the same race and had the same reli­gions and cus­toms as their Ethiopian brothers.


Regarded by Ital­ian offi­cers as MORE EXPEND­ABLE , more highly TRAINED, and more expe­ri­enced in guerrilla-style war­fare than their Ital­ian coun­ter­parts, THEY BORE THE BRUNT OF EVERY ACTION, so much so that in many of the actions the white troops would seem to have been lit­tle more than spec­ta­tors of the Askaris’ gallantry.


As a result, their casu­alty rates were far higher than those of white troops. (Edi­to­r­ial from The Black Man, Lon­don, July/August 1936 quot­ing A.J. Barker, The Civ­i­liz­ing Mis­sion: The Italo-Ethiopian war 1935 – 1936 (Lon­don: cas­sell, 1968) pp. 141 – 142, 215.)


Two things to know about the modern-day Askari: In the slave-master’s books he has an unblem­ished impec­ca­ble record, for he has never been known to speak against or rebel against his white mas­ters, and he can be counted on to rise to his master’s defense.


There are many Negroes like that today, and the slave-owners have absolute trust in them. That is why they are fre­quently pro­moted and used to inter­face with other Negroes on their master’s behalf.


Some of them can be found fer­vently artic­u­lat­ing the slave-owner’s point of view, and mak­ing the case that there should be NO REPA­RA­TIONS. And the real low-life, good-for-nothing, scum-bag Negroes are the ones that are fre­quently enlisted to assas­si­nate the char­ac­ter of those that make the case for reparations.


Never did the cap­tives in the slave-ship think that out of their off­spring would come such low scum-bag Negroes with an antipa­thy to the enslaved.


Never in their wildest dreams could the slaves in the cane fields imag­ine that after being robbed of four hun­dred years of time and labor, AND CON­DEMNED TO FOR­EVER INHABIT THE BOT­TOM OF THE BAR­REL, that some Negroes would step for­ward to argue against reparations.


What a predica­ment! While a small num­ber of Africans are strug­gling for repa­ra­tions, just as many TRAINED AND EDU­CATED ones are con­sciously strug­gling to make sure it doesn’t happen.


To their kith and kin they say: “For­get about repa­ra­tions, NEVER MIND THAT YOU ARE PRESENTLY AT THE BOT­TOM OF THE BAR­REL, wait in line, and some­day you or one of yours may be pro­moted just like us.”


TODAY ASKARI Post 2003 Iraq War.

Widely deployed Ugandan private security guards are also designated as askari. Guards were to receive $1,000 monthly salary and an $80,000 bonus if shot, but many have complained that the money was not paid or unfair fees assessed.

The guards work for recruiting agencies such as Askar Security Services, which are hired by Beowulf International, a receiving company in Iraq, which subcontracts their services to EOD Technologies, an American company hired by the U.S. Department of Defense to provide security guards for Camp Victory in Baghdad. A Beowulf representative said that 400 of the workers "had impressed the US Army with their skill and experience", but complained that some of the workers lacked police or security experience and "didn't even know how to hold a gun". At least eleven other Ugandan recruiters include Dresak International and Connect Financial Services.

Askari Was A Local Soldier Serving In The Armies Of The European Colonial Racist powers in Africa And Global


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Reply Pastor Mansaray
7:47 AM on February 18, 2014 
This Msg is good for the comsciousness.
Reply Solomon Dagne
7:39 AM on July 30, 2014 
In Prior there was one saying..."The Blacks are the Burdens of the whites"...But Now a days The Blacks are not the Burdens of the White..Its Vis _a_Vis The Whites The Burdens Of The Blacks..If the Wealth of Africans was Not Here they are Invisible....
Reply King Asante-Yeboa
8:37 AM on November 21, 2016 
Deplorable. If we have records of the askaris including names, pictures, nationalities/areas where they operated, and how their heartless and nefarious misdeeds affected their own people, we must make them public and as ubiquitous as possible. This is one sure way to express our dislike for their cruel act, even if it is posthumous to them; and to make the victims aware we condemn such wickedness against them. More importantly, such exposures will be deterrent to our current generations and future ones.
Reply King. Asante-Yeboa
8:59 AM on November 21, 2016 
the first step toward solving the ongoing askaris situations among us are education and creating jobs for the people. As the saying goes: the idle brain is the devil's workshop. Also, let's remember that the level of brainwashing and mental enslavement that have been going on for centuries is so detrimental. Among the effects, some of our brothers simply mistrust their own fellow black brothers, they treat fellow black brothers with contempt, they are ready to partner with other races except their own black brothers, and they are ready to defend other races even to the deaths of their own fellow blacks.
Reply King Asante-Yeboa
9:07 AM on November 21, 2016 
Even among we so-called Pan-Africans, we find it difficult to trust one another and to work a common projects together. See, we are working on projects in Africa, and we are asking fellow concerned African diaspora to unite with us to embark on them for our own good. The response is so far lukewarm. At the same time, western countries, and even Chinese are asking to partner with us. How do we embark on Pan-African projects with western whites and Chinese? Do they have special foresight and cooperate spirit that Blacks generally lack???