Artilleryman of the III. Seebataillon



Photo Peter Klein


This is a photograph taken in Nagasaki, Japan. It shows Marinefeldartillerist Otto Schludetz who served in the Marinefeld-Batterie of the III. Seebataillon in China between 1902-05.

He wears the Seebataillon Khaki Tropical Uniform. The tunic has a stand and fall collar and six plain brass domed buttons. The shoulder straps are white with yellow insignia in the form of an imperial crown above two crossed anchors above the battalion numeral III. The artillery battery wore a yellow flaming grenade insignia superimposed over the crown and anchors. The tunic had plain cuffs and two buttoned hip pockets.

Matching khaki trousers are worn tucked into high brown leather riding boots with stirrups.

He wears a khaki Bortfeldt tropical helmet, with the marine infantry brass imperial eagle and anchor above an imperial cockade. Note the chinstrap worn folded over the front peak of the helmet.

His equipment is in brown leather consisting of a Sam Brown style belt with an open belt buckle, as used by the mounted artillery and cavalry of the Prussian army. His sword is a Prussian army curved artillery sword with a white other ranks sword knot ("Faustriemen").


Detail of the same Photograph

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