Schutztruppe Medical Officer



Photo © JW Collection

This photograph shows a Schutztruppe medical officer ("Sanitätsoffizier") and his wife. He wears the Schutztruppe 1897 Grey Home Uniform but with the distinctions of a medical officer. These insignia include a snake and rod of Asclepius yellow metal badge on his shoulder strap, blue collar and cuffs, blue hatband and edging on hat., red piping around the edges of the collar and cuffs, down the front of the tunic, down the trouser seam and unseen, around the rear skirts, yellow metallic Litzen on the collar and cuffs (note the large officers Litzen on the collar) and yellow metallic buttons each bearing the imperial crown.

This photograph was taken by TH Joop of Bromberg in the Prussian province of Posen (now Bydgoszcz, Poland)

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