East African Schutztruppe NCO with African Servant and Lady



Photo © Peter Klein




This is a posed photograph taken by C Vincenti  Studio in Dar-Es-Salaam, German East Africa. It shows a Schutztruppe NCO, his servant and an unknown woman.

The Schutztruppe NCO wears the Schutztruppe Südwester Hat in grey felt, with a white hatband and edging for East Africa, pinned up on the right hand side with a large imperial cockade. His tunic is the 1896 Khaki Uniform piped in blue. The shoulder straps are twisted wool in imperial colours. He has removed the chevrons defining his rank yet still carries his signal whistle on a chain in his left pocket. He wears matching khaki trousers, possibly also piped in blue, With them he wears brown leather riding boots and stirrups and carries a riding crop.

The servant also wears a Schutztruppe khaki uniform without shoulder straps, possibly one of the officer's cast offs.

East African Schutztruppe Südwester
(See Südwester Details Page)
Photo © Doppler Collection

Detail of how NCO Rank Chevrons were removed
 (See NCO Rank Insignia Page)
© Doppler Collection

Schutztruppe NCO Shoulder Strap
(See 1896 Khaki Tunic Page)
© MC Heunis

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