reconnaissance. They felt such a  trifling venture could be simply assigned to third rate colonial forces from their Indian  Army. A costly defeat, the attack at Tanga had cost the British 847 casualties (including 360 fatalities). However, von Lettow-Vorbeck, a gentleman, met with Aitken under a white flag and compared notes and opinions with him over a bottle of brandy. of a fiasco from the start, Aitken's force of 8,000 insufficiently trained The Battle of Tanga, sometimes also known as the Battle of the Bees, was the unsuccessful attack by the British Indian Expeditionary Force “B” under Major General A.E. This first German attack had cost the British 350 casualties, virtually  destroying the 13th Rajputs as a fighting force. Photograph courtesy of Photos of the Great War website,