This is a photograph of
three German Schutztruppe NCOs posing with local women taken in
Cameroon in 1912. The figure in the centre has been identified as
Unteroffizier Heinrich Hautmann (1884-1965), the others remain unknown.
Their appearance is
typical of the Cameroon Schutztruppe from the late 1890s onwards when
not on active service. All three NCOs wear the 1896 white tropical
uniform of the Schutztruppe piped in blue (most visible on the figure
on the left). Two of the NCOs wear white tropical helmets, while the
figure on the left wears a grey peaked field cap with hatband and
piping in red (for Cameroon) and a small imperial cockade on the
front. A single chevron (in white metallic lace edged in blue-
NCO Rank Insignia Page) denoting
him as an Unteroffizier can been seen on Hautmann's left arm. Trousers
and shoes are matching white.
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