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Operation Anvil
Part of Mau Mau Uprising
Date 24 April - May 1954
Location Kenya
Result 20,000 Mau Mau suspects taken to Langata Camp and 30,000 taken to reserves
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom Mau Mau
5,000 troops
1,000 police
30,000 suspects

Operation Anvil was a British military operation during the Mau Mau Uprising where British toops attempted to remove Mau Mau from Nairobi and place them in Langata Camp or reserves. The operation began on 24 April 1955[1] and took two weeks, at the end of which 20,000 Mau Mau suspects had been taken to Langata, and 30,000 more had been deported to the reserves.[2][3]


  1. "1954: British crackdown on Kenya rebels" On this Day BBC: 24 April accessed 9 November 2013
  2. "Operation Anvil" at History of Kenya accessed 9 November 2013
  3. ""OPERATION ANVIL" IN KENYA.". ACT: National Library of Australia. 5 May 1954. p. 1. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 

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