Infantryman of the East Asian Expeditionary Corps



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This is a posed photograph taken in Spandau near Berlin, Germany in the Summer of 1900, prior to the deployment of the Expeditionary Corps to China. It shows an unknown Infantryman of the East Asian Expeditionary Corps.

He wears the East Asian Expeditionary Corps Khaki Uniform, consisting of a dyed yellowish-khaki tunic ("Drillichrock") with a standing collar, six buttons to fasten the front, one left breast pocket and two hip pockets. His shoulder straps are white with his regimental number in red.

He wears the straw hat which was standard summer wear for the first batch of the Expeditionary Corps to be sent to China. It is held up on the right hand side with a large imperial cockade above a smaller state cockade (probably the black/white/black of Prussia, as he is training at Spandau).

He wears black leather marching boots and matching equipment with a belt buckle bearing the Prussian crown and the motto "Gott Mit Uns". His rifle is the newly issued G98 with an S98 bayonet.



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