The germans began arriving in 1892 meeting the ovaherero people who were cattle farmers. Germans pushed the ovaherero people off their lands, when they resisted the germans used force. Conflict went on between 1901-1903 and in august 1904, general lothar von trotha was sent into the land to stop the fighting and push the ovaherero people out. In the battle of 1904, the germans were outnumbered, but had guns and cannons giving them the winning advantage. Although the battle was won, general lothar von trotha wanted to exterminate the ovaherero completely. The germans rounded them up and placed them in either concentration camps or chased them off their lands into the desert. The prisoners in the concentration camps were used to mine or build structures. the governor agreed that this was a necessary time of punishment for the ovaherero for resisting and thinking they could beat the germans. Some germans would track the village people, shoot them and poison the water.