Remains of the Radio Station at Kamina, Togo
Photos by Marcia Faria 2010 at WikiCommons

Radio Station at Kamina in 1914
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  In 1911 it was decided to build a large radio station in Togo. It would have with masts 120 metres tall and be capable of sending and receiving telegraph messages from Germany to forward to other smaller stations in the African colonies and to German ships in the South Atlantic.

Work on the station was only completed in June 1914, shortly before the outbreak of the First World War.

British and French forces simultaneously invaded Togo in August 1914 with the intention of capturing the radio station.

The Germans had no regular troops in Togo only local Polizeitruppe and German reservists so a strong defence was not mounted. Instead they retreated to Kamina fighting small skirmishes along the way.

Around the radio station they had constructed defensive trenches and machine gun posts but realising they were out numbered the German force prepared to surrender without a fight.

They destroyed the radio station on the night of the 24th August 1914  so it could not fall into enemy hands and opened negotiations for a truce on the 25th. On the 26th August 1914 the acting German governor, Major von Doering accepted the surrender.

Today the remains of the radio station can still be seen scattered around the area.

Remains of a building, possibly a water storage facility for the generators

Generators destroyed in 1914

Generator turbine

Foundation of the masts holding ropes showing blast damage from 1914

Steam boiler for the generator

An underground tunnel as part of the station

Recommended External Links
Axis History Forum with a photo of the generators in working order
German Wikipedia Page on the Kamina Radio Station
German Wikipedia Page on Colonial Radio Stations

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