This is a photograph
taken in Germany in the 1920s or 30s. It shows Hauptmann
a.D Erich von Loßnitzer, formerly of the South West African
He still proudly
wears his privately tailored
1897 Schutztruppe Home Uniform in pale grey with the collar,
Swedish style cuffs and piping down the front and rear skirts in
blue for South West Africa.
It has white metallic Litzen on the
collar and cuffs and white metal buttons bearing the imperial
crown. His rank is shown by
the use of white metallic lace shoulder straps with threads of
red and black with two pips (for Hauptmann, see Officers Rank
On his left breast
he wears Schutztruppe parade aiguillette cords in white metallic
lace and several medals.
On his bar he wears the Saxon
Knights Cross of St Henry (which he received on 21st January
1920), followed by the Iron Cross second class. Schutztruppe
regulations required that Prussian awards such as the Iron Cross
be worn in precedence to other state awards, such as the Saxon
Cross of St Henry. Von Loßnitzer as a proud Saxon
wears his Saxon medal ahead of the Prussian Iron Cross.
Following the Iron Cross on
the bar is the Saxe-Ernestine Knights Cross first class with
swords, the Hamburg Hanseatic Cross and another unidentified
medal that may be a semi-official colonial commemorative medal.