French war memorial, Douala, Cameroon. One of four German African colonies, Germany was defeated in Cameroon in February 1916. However, despite calls for self-determination in the wake of US Presid
ent Woodrow Wilson's "14 points", Cameroon and other German colonial territories, despite being declared League of Nations' "mandates" after the war, were carved up between Britain and France and continued as colonies in all but name. The historian Brian Digre wrote: "Allied victory and wartime occupation of Germany's colonies provided incentives and opportunities for fresh imperialist expansion." Douala, Cameroon. 2018/03.
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