"Askari soldiers saw you struck down by a bad German bullet, Indy. Saw you die, then come back to life. You cough a bullet, spit on ground with much contempt, lead Askari to victory. Very big magic."
Askari (the Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Somali and Swahili word for soldier) was the term used to describe indigenous soldiers of the Middle East and East Africa, who served in the armies of the various European colonial powers controlling those regions. Often, European colonizers would pick Askari from particular tribal or ethnic groups. Sometimes, in addition to the regular forces, there would also be irregulars, wearing their traditional battle dress and wielding traditional weapons.
Indiana Jones has encountered many Askari in his adventures in Africa - with a British Askari rescuing him as a boy near the Kirinyaga safari camp in 1909, and fighting and commanding Belgian Askari against Batusi forces under German officers in the First World War.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles – "British East Africa, September 1909" → Passion for Life
- The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles – "Young Indiana Jones and the Phantom Train of Doom" → Phantom Train of Doom
- Trek of Doom
- The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles – "German East Africa, December 1916" → Oganga, The Giver and Taker of Life
- The River of Death
- The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles – "Congo, January 1917" → Oganga, The Giver and Taker of Life
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Notes and references[edit | edit source]
- The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles trading card set refers to the Kirinyaga guards as Askari.