This is a posed studio
in Germany. It shows an unknown Feldwebel
of the Cameroon Schutztruppe.
He wears a standard 1897
Schutztruppe Home Uniform in pale
grey with the collar, Swedish style cuffs and piping down the front
and rear skirts in red for Cameroon. The shoulder straps are
twisted cords in the imperial colours. It has white Litzen on the
collar and cuffs and white metal buttons bearing the imperial crown.
The trousers are matching pale grey with red piping down the edge.
His rank, Feldwebel (see
NCO Rank Insignia Page), is shown by the use of white
metallic lace around the collar and a double band on the cuffs, a button towards the rear
of his collar Litzen and also by the fact he carries a sword (only
worn by those of Vizefeldwebel and above the the Schutztruppe and
army). The sword has a sword knot in
white metallic lace again with the imperial colours.
He wears an impressive display of medals
on his left breast (see close up below). They are worn in order of
seniority from his right to left, the most senior
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His headdress is the Südwester hat in grey
felt with edging and hatband in red for Cameroon, held up on the right
hand side with an imperial cockade that is out of shot in this