South West African Landespolizei Sergeant



Photo © Peter Klein




This is a posed studio photograph of Polizei-Sergeant Bursig of the South West African Landespolizei taken at Fritz Nink studio in Windhuk the capital of South West Africa.

Sergeant Bursig wears the 1907 Landespolizei Dark Khaki Uniform with green collar and shoulder straps and yellow metal buttons bearing the imperial crown. Note the Sergeant's single rank pip on each collar.

He wears three medals in the form of their ribbons only on his left breast. The most senior is the top left ribbon in black and white for the Prussian Military Honour Award, second class, next to it is probably the South West Africa Campaign Medal with several clasps, though it is impossible to be sure from the photograph. Below them is his Long Service Award, third class.

He wears the Landespolizei Südwester hat with an imperial crown badge holding up the right side.

His trousers are matching dark khaki and are tucked into leather gaiters worn with short ankle boots. He wears a brown leather Sam Brown style belt.

For more photos and the medal certificates of Fritz Bursig see Unteroffizier Bursig.

Landespolizei Südwester
(See Südwester Details Page)
Photo © Doppler Collection

1907 Landespolizei Tunic
(See Siebentritt Collection Page)
Photo © Traditionsverband

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