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.
Seesoldaten in the photographs all wear
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
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.