Bar with the Combatants South West Africa Medal and Clasps

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The medals on this bar in order of seniority from left to right are-
Prussian Iron Cross, second class
1914-18 Honour Cross for combatants
1904-08 South West Africa Campaign Medal for combatants with clasps for "HEREROLAND", "GROSS-NAMALAND", "ORANJE" and "KALAHARI 1908"
Prussian Other Ranks Long Service Award, first class for 21 years service
Prussian Landwehr Long Service Award, second class

The original owner of this medal bar was an other ranks combatant in the Herero Rebellion and the First World War. He wears four campaign clasps for the South West Africa medal, the most interesting of which is the rare clasp for Kalahari 1908. This was awarded to members of the Schutztruppe camel mounted 7. Feldkompagnie and the British Bechuanaland Protectorate Police Force for tracking down Simon Koper and his Nama warriors. The original owner of this bar was therefore probably a member of Friedrich von Erckert's famous Camel Company.

Recommended Reading -
"German Medals, British Soldiers and the Kalahari Desert" by Gordon McGregor and "Unter dem Kreuz des Südens" by S Schepp


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