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German colonial empire


Was ist des Deutschen Tochterland [German colonial song][+English translation]


German Colonial Empire vs French Colonial Empire


The German Kaiser's empire Trailer


World Flag Animation but every country is occupied by the German Empire


German Colonial Song: Heia! Heia Safari! Original Lyrics (German East Africa)

The German colonial empire constituted the overseas colonies, dependencies and territories of Imperial Germany. The chancellor of this time period was Otto von Bismarck. Short-lived attempts of colonization by individual German states had occurred in preceding centuries, but crucial colonial efforts only began in 1884 with the Scramble for Africa. Claiming much of the left-over colonies that were yet unclaimed in the Scramble of Africa, Germany managed to build the third largest colonial empire after the British and the French, at the time. Germany lost control when World War I began in 1914 and its colonies were seized by its enemies in the first weeks of the war. However some military units held out for a while longer: German South West Africa surrendered in 1915, Kamerun in 1916 and German East Africa only in 1918 at the end of the war. Germany's colonial empire was officially confiscated with the Treaty of Versailles after Germany's defeat in the war and the various units became League of Nations mandates under the supervision of one of the victorious powers.
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    • Origins 

    • Acquisition of colonies 

    • End of the German colonial empire 

    • Administration and colonial policies 

    • Legacy