The Charging Buffalo: A History of the Kenya Regiment 1937-1963 - Guy CampbellLondon: Leo Cooper in association with Secker & Warburg, 1986, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Includes: Further reading list; Black & white photographs; Maps (1); Appendices (3);
From the cover: “This book tells the history of the Kenya Regiment from its foundation in 1937 to its eventual disbandment in 1963.
Raised almost entirely from those who had settled in the country and made their lives there, the Regiment took part with great distinction in the Second World War and particularly in the campaign against the Italians in Abyssinia.
After the war the strength of the Regiment was scaled down but not for long, being re-formed in 1950. The Green Jackets were asked to provide the permanent staff and former members of the Regiment made up the majority of officers and NCOs. Since no suitable training areas were available in Kenya the Regiment sent most of its recruits to be trained in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia, and it was from there that the bulk of these recruits were eventually despatched to the three companies stationed at Nakuru, Eldoret and Nairobi.
During the Kenya Emergency the men of the Regiment were active everywhere, either with their own three companies or posted to every British and KAR Battalion to act in the role of guides, trackers, interpreters and local advisers. They also formed the basis of many of the pseudo-gangs who infiltrated the Mau Mau territories and took them on at their own game.
Throughout the Emergency the Regiment maintained close links not only with the Army but also with the Kenya Police and it was the activities of the men of the Regiment, in close co-operation with the KPR Air Wing and the RAVC tracker dog sections which did so much to curb the terrorist revolt.
Thirty-one members of the Regiment were killed during the Emergency and many more were wounded. All British regiments will remember with gratitude and admiration the actions of the Kenya soldiers who were posted to them; the fact that many ex-members of the Regiment still live and work in today’s Kenya, among in some cases the very people against whom they were pitted, is a tribute not only to the spirit of the Regiment but to all of today’s Kenya citizens.
Sir Guy Campbell, who once commanded the Regiment, has given them a worthy memorial, ably helped by many other former members of the Regiment who have provided vivid accounts of their exploits.”