Political map of Sub-Saharan Africa 10 August 1920 (Africa and the Peace Treaties): Fighting continued in East Africa (East Africa Campaign (World War I)) for a few days after the end of World War I in Europe, until news of the Armistice finally reached German General Lettow-Vorbeck in Northern Rhodesia and he agreed to surrender. At the treaties of Versailles and Sèvres, the Germans and their Ottoman allies accepted the loss of their empires.