Cameroon Schutztruppe NCO



Photo © Karsten Herzogenrath


This is a posed studio photograph taken 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 being the .......?????????????????????????/....

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 photograph.

  Two close ups of the photograph. Note the collar and cuffs with Litzen and rank lace and on the left collar a rank button). Note also the medals and sword with sword knot.









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