Masai Lance Corporal Shartuyan in World War ll

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In 1945 hundreds of Masai gathered at Narok to see a Japanese sword captured by their fellow tribesman, Lance Corporal Shartuyan in the World War ll.

Shartuyan took the sword as a war trophy after killing a senior Japanese military officer in a hand to hand combat in the jungle of Burma.

The sword which became a symbol of triumph, aroused excitement in the ranks of senior officers among them General Sir Anderson, Commander-in-Chief East Africa Command, who personally flew it to Kenya while Shartuyan was still serving in Burma.

The sword was later handed over to the District Commissioner, Narok, for safe-keeping till Lance Corporal Shartuyan, finished his tour of duty.

It is currently kept at the Imperial War Museum in London.

Courtesy of Odhiambo Levin Opiyo

thanks for this.
lakini hua tunaiweka kwa TBT section.
why was the sword taken to randan in the first place, it should be brought back

Maasais had no business killing the Japanese…

Niaje fathe…

Poa poa kijana. Siku hizi umechukua low profile sana. Kanan kuko je?

Yaani mbeberu anatoka europe…anatoa a maasai warrior from the plains of east Africa anawapeleka half around the world to fight a Japanese samurai…hawa wazungu wako na kasoro

And they then keep the effing trophy in Randan!!