The III. Seebataillon at Tsingtao Port



Photo Doppler Collection


These are two photographs (see also below) taken in Tsingtao, China sometime in the early 1900s. It shows a company of the III. Seebataillon at one of the harbours in Tsingtao.

The Seesoldaten in the photographs all wear Litewka tunics. All of them in the above photograph and most of those in the one below wear the 1893 dark blue Litewka, while a few in the photograph below wear the 1900 grey Litewka. The grey Litewka began to replace the old dark blue one sometime in the early 1900s. Certainly blue Litewkas were worn during the Boxer Rebellion and as late as the Herero Rebellion, but grey Litewkas were universal prior to the First World War. Both Litewkas had a stand and fall collar with white collar patches with yellow Litzen and a concealed front. The same white shoulder straps with yellow insignia as worn on the home uniform were usually seen on the Litewka. The blue Litewkas seen here however have dark blue shoulder straps, piped in white with the same insignia.

The Seesoldaten seen here all wear the peakless other ranks field cap, in dark blue with white piping and hatband and a small imperial cockade on the front.


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