German East African Polizeitruppe



Photo Tobias Weber


This is a photograph of a unit of the German East African Polizeitruppe taken in East Africa probably sometime between 1906 and 1914.

Note the German NCO on the far left of the group (see close up below). He is wearing a regulation white tropical helmet on which can be seen two badges. They would have been a small brass imperial eagle (authorised in 1906) and a small imperial cockade. His tunic is the standard white tropical tunic, similar to the Schutztruppe 1896 white tunic but without the piping, and with brass buttons. His shoulder straps display his rank and would be edged in Polizeitruppe red. He wears khaki riding breeches tucked into brown leather gaiters and ankle boots. He wears a brown leather belt fastened with a Schutztruppe other ranks belt buckle (see Belt Buckles Details Page).

The askaris are wearing standard uniform for the East African Polizeitruppe of this period. They wore the same uniform khaki tarbush and uniform with blue-grey puttees and brown leather boots and equipment as the Schutztruppe askaris but were distinguished by a white oval patch with a red letter P, worn on the upper left arm and a noticeably larger eagle worn on the front of the tarbush headdress made of yellow metal rather than the Schutztruppe's white metal. Tunic buttons for the Polizeitruppe were also yellow metal.

Note also that the askari NCO standing directly behind the German NCO in the photograph has his "P" badge partially obscured by his NCO red chevrons (see NCO Rank Insignia Page) and also has marksmanship bars around his cuff (see Specialist Insignia Page)

Please respect the generosity of Tobias Weber in sharing this photograph with us by not reproducing it without prior permission. 


Photo Tobias Weber

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