Why were the Nama and Herero defeated

Why were the Nama and Herero defeated
  • Germans were militarily superior in weapons and organization.
  • The Germans were determined to colonize Namibia at all cost.




  • Lack of unity among the African communities. in fact some Africans fought for the Germans.
  • Natural calamities such as famine weakened Africans hence their defeat.
  • The Africans were not well prepared for the war.
  • Germans used ruthless methods. They used the scorched earth policy where by they set fire on villages and destroyed the sources of live.
  • The Nama land was flat which enabled the Germans use their heavy machinery.
  • Superstition provided a false confidence which made the Africans not to prepare well for the war.
  • It was the time of scramble and partition for Africa hence Germans were determined to acquire colonies in Africa.
  • Africans were economically weak to sustain their struggle against the Germans.




  • Africans lacked constant supply of food and weapons.
  • Germans got support from Europeans in the region. For example the British gave those help.
  • Africans lacked strong leadership.

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