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I call it the War Memorial, but its actually called the Marine Memorial. It was erected and inaugurated in 1908 to honour the German Marines who were involved in the relief of Karibib and Otjimbingwe during the Herero uprising in 1904. The Schutztruppe (German Colonial Army) who were stationed in the territory at the time of the uprising were not at full strength so a troop of German marines who were aboard a German battleship awaiting repairs in Cape Town were dispatched. They defeated the Hereros at Otjimbingwe, losing one Marine. They then skirmished at Okahandja, losing another. Finally they relieved Otjimbingwe on 9 February 1904.

Directions: In front of the lighthouse
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  • Updated Jan 19, 2008
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