Three Schutztruppe Reiters



Photo © Joe Mikolajczak




This photograph shows three Schutztruppe private soldiers ("Reiter") posing with African children taken in South West Africa sometime between the late 1890's and 1914.

Three three soldiers all wear the Kord field cap (see right) in grey/brown corduroy with piping and hatband in blue, a small imperial cockade at the front and a black leather peak and chinstrap (see right).

Their uniforms consist of the 1896 Khaki Feldrock tunic (see right) and matching trousers. The tunics had piping in cornflower blue on the collar, front and cuffs. They had six white metal buttons down the front (each bearing the imperial crown), pleated sloping breast pockets and level hip pockets. The shoulder straps were of twisted black/white/red braid for other ranks.

All three probably wear brown leather riding boots although they can only be seen clearly on the figure on the right who has tucked his trousers into them.







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

Schutztruppe Kord Cap
(See Rödelsee Museum Collection Page)
Photo Copyright Arne Schöfert

Schutztruppe Khaki Tunic
(See Schutztruppe Khaki Uniform Page)
© Doppler Collection


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