The East Asian Cavalry



Photo Peter Klein

This photograph taken in China, shows Reiter Emil Eduard Sawatzki of the East Asian Cavalry Regt ("Ostasiatische Reiter Regiment").

He wears the East Asian 1900 Khaki Uniform, consisting of a khaki tunic with a stand and fall collar, concealed buttons to fasten the front and two breast and two hip pockets, all with concealed fastenings. His shoulder straps are plain red for cavalry. This is curious as the February 1901 uniform regulations for the khaki uniform stated the shoulder straps for the cavalry were to be khaki piped in red. Full red shoulder straps such as these were authorised for the field grey uniform only. He wears matching khaki trousers tucked into high brown leather riding boots.

He wears the 1900 Bortfeldt khaki tropical helmet with imperial eagle in yellow metal on the front and a red cavalry hatband. A large imperial cockade would be on the right hand side. Note the khaki neckshade.

His equipment is the grey leather bandolier for mounted troops with ammunition pouches down the front and a grey leather belt. He is armed an East Asian other ranks cavalry sword and lance. The lance has the pennant in imperial colours. His carbine would usually be carried in a saddle bucket on the other side.

1900 Bortfeldt Cavalry Helmet
Photo Traditionsverband from the Siebentritt Collection

Other Ranks Imperial Lance Pennant
Photo Doppler Collection

Behind the horse are two other riders or possibly orderlies. The one on the left is wearing shirtsleeves while the one on the right also wears the 1900 khaki uniform with red shoulder straps for cavalry. He wears the Khaki field cap first introduced in the late Summer of 1900 to replace the straw hat, and worn with only the imperial cockade, as seen here, from February 1901.

Details of the same Photograph

The document confirming the award of the 1900-01 China Campaign Medal for combatants to Reiter Emil Eduard Sawatzki of the East Asian Cavalry Regiment on the 1st October 1901.

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