German Colonial Uniforms
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This website is intended to give an insight into the uniforms of the Imperial German Colonial and Overseas Forces from 1884-1918 for the English speaking wargamer, modeller or military historian. Until recently there has been very little available in the English language on the uniforms worn by German forces in these obscure but fascinating side shows of the Great War and Colonial Era.

Originally this website was designed to cover only the defenders of German East Africa, German South West Africa, Cameroon, Togo, Tsingtao and the German Pacific Colonies during the First World War 1914-18. It has now been expanded to include all German Overseas Expeditions during the Imperial period. This includes the Colonial Troops ("Schutztruppe"), Colonial Police ("Landespolizei" and "Polizeitruppe"), East Asian Expeditionary Corps and Occupation Brigade, German units in the Ottoman Empire 1914-18, Marine Infantry ("Seebataillone") and overseas land based units of the Imperial Navy ("Kaiserliche Marine"). Also covered on this website are other curious related subjects such as Austro-Hungarian Overseas Forces, The German Red Cross in the colonies, Kaiser Wilhelm II's visit to Palestine, the Caucasus Mission to Georgia, the Afghan Mission, the Bamum and other African Private Armies, Africans in the Imperial Army and Germans in the Shanghai Volunteer Corps.

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Schutztruppe Südwester Hat
II. Seebataillon, Marine

Schutztruppe Khaki Uniform
Gun from SMS Königsberg

East Asian Cavalry

East African Askari Medal Bar

Schutztruppe NCO
Schutztruppe Bayonets

Navy Tropical Helmet
East African Polizeitruppe
Schutztruppe Officers Sword
Seebataillon NCO Cap
SW Africa Campaign Medal
East Asian Infantryman
Samoan Police Badge
Schutztruppe NCO
Tsingtao Police Armband
Schutztruppe Mountain Gun
Austrian Tropical Helmet
Marine Field Battery
Schutztruppe Belt Buckle
Naval Cap from SMS Iltis
Sketch of the Fall of Tsingtao
Schutztruppe Artillery
South West African Police Pistol
The Afghan Mission
King Njoya's Helmets
Medals of a Boxer Veteran
NCO Pascha I Expedition

Marine Infantry Uniform

The Battle of Lugalu 1891
 
COLONIAL FORCES (Schutztruppe, Landespolizei and Polizeitruppe)
     Brief History of the German Colonies and their Armed Forces
 
 I. German South West Africa
     Brief Campaign and Unit Histories
    Schutztruppe
     Francois-Truppe Uniforms 1889-91  RECENT
     Early Schutztruppe Uniforms 1891-1896 RECENT
     Schutztruppe Home Uniform 1897-1915
     Schutztruppe Corduroy Uniforms 1896-1915
     Schutztruppe Khaki Tropical Uniform 1896-1915
     Schutztruppe White Tropical Uniform
     Schutztruppe Litewka                  NEW!
     Schutztruppe Greatcoat
     Schutztruppe Generals RECENT
     German Reservists
     Schutztruppe African Auxiliaries
     South African Free Corps 1914-15
    Landespolizei
     Early Landespolizei Uniforms
     Landespolizei 1907 Dark Khaki Uniforms
     Landespolizei Tropical Uniforms
     Landespolizei African Auxiliaries
 
 II. German East Africa
     Brief Campaign and Unit Histories
     Wissmanntruppe German Officers and NCOs
     Schutztruppe German Officers and NCOs 1891-96
     Schutztruppe German Officers and NCOs 1896-1914
     Schutztruppe German Officers and NCOs 1914-18
     Wissmanntruppe Askaris
     Schutztruppe Askaris 1890-96
     Schutztruppe Askaris 1896-1914
     Schutztruppe Askaris 1914-18   UPDATED
     Askari Officers - Effendi    UPDATED
     Polizeitruppe
     African Auxiliaries
     German Reservists - Schützenkompagnie 1914-18
 
 III. German West Africa- Cameroon & Togo
     Brief Campaign and Unit Histories
     Schutztruppe German Officers and NCOs in Cameroon
     Schutztruppe African Other Ranks in Cameroon
     Polizeitruppe and African Auxiliaries in Cameroon
     Polizeitruppe German Officers and NCOs in Togo
     Polizeitruppe African Other Ranks in Togo
     German Reservists in Cameroon and Togo
 
 IV. Pacific Colonies - New Guinea & Samoa
     Brief Campaign and Unit Histories
     New Guinea German Polizeitruppe Officers
     New Guinea Melanesian Polizeitruppe Other Ranks
     New Guinea Micronesian Polizeitruppe Other Ranks
     Samoa Polizeitruppe and Ceremonial Guards
     German Reservists in New Guinea and Samoa
 
NAVAL OVERSEAS FORCES
 I. Imperial Navy
     Brief Campaign History
     Imperial Navy Officers
     Imperial Navy Other Ranks
     Imperial Naval Tropical Landing Parties Other Ranks
     Imperial Naval Tropical Landing Parties - Officers
     Imperial Navy in the Ottoman Empire 1914-18
     Imperial Naval Troops on the Western Front 1914-18
     Naval Auxiliaries in the Colonies
 
 II. Marine Infantry - Seebataillone
     Brief Campaign History
     Marine Infantry Peacetime Blue Uniforms
     Marine Infantry Tropical Khaki Uniforms
     Marine Infantry Litewka Service Uniforms
     Marine Infantry in Cameroon 1893-94     NEW!
     Marine Infantry in East Africa 1905-07  RECENT
     Marine Infantry on The Western Front 1914-18
 
 III. Chinese Auxiliaries in the III. Seebataillon
     Tsingtao Chinese Company
     Tsingtao Chinese Police
 
ARMY OVERSEAS FORCES
 I. German East Asian Army in China 1900-09
     Brief Unit Histories
     East Asian Expeditionary Corps 1900-01 - Summer Uniforms
     East Asian Expeditionary Corps 1900-01 - Winter Uniforms
     East Asian Occupation Brigade 1901-09 - Summer Uniforms
     East Asian Occupation Brigade 1901-09 - Winter Uniforms
 
 II. German Army in the Ottoman Empire 1914-18
     Brief Campaign and Unit Histories
     German Field Grey Uniforms
     Ottoman Uniforms
     Tropical Uniforms
     Pilots
 
 III. Other German Army Personnel in Tropical Uniforms
     The Kaiser and his Staff in Palestine 1898
     Army Officers Seconded to the Colonies
     Afghan Mission 1915-16  UPDATED
     German Army in Macedonia 1916-18
     German Army in Georgia 1918
 
RELATED TOPICS OF INTEREST
 I. German Overseas Volunteers
     German Red Cross in the Colonies and Tropics
     German Troops in the Shanghai Volunteer Corps
 
 II. Africans in German Uniforms
     King Njoya of Bamum's Private Army 1904-09
     Other African Leaders and Private Armies
     Africans In the Imperial German Army
 
III. Austro-Hungarian Overseas Forces
     Brief Campaign History
     Austro-Hungarian Navy in China and the Pacific - Other Ranks
     Austro-Hungarian Navy in China and the Pacific - Officers
     Austro-Hungarian Army in Crete 1897-98
     Austro-Hungarian Army in the Ottoman Empire 1915-18
 
IV. Misc. Pages
     Aircraft in the German Colonies
     Tropical Uniforms on Other Fronts 1914-18
     Battle of Lugalu 1891
     Interesting Facts about the German Colonies
 
MILITARIA PHOTOGRAPHS
 Uniforms
     Schutztruppe 1896 Khaki Tropical Uniform
     East African Schutztruppe Tunic from 1916
     Schutztruppe Tunic with Unknown Insignia
     Seebataillon Dark Blue Home Uniform
     Seebataillon Officer's White Tropical Uniform
     Seebataillon Officer's Litewka
     Corduroy Tunic worn by a German Officer on the Baghdad Railway
     Naval Uniforms
     Naval Greatcoat from the Marinekorps Flandern
     Naval Doctor's Uniform
     Landespolizei Tunic
 
 Headdress
     Südwester Hats
     Tropical Helmets
     East Asian Pickelhauben
     Field Caps
     Cockades
     Austro-Hungarian Tropical Helmets
 
 Medals
     Introduction to Medals for Colonial and Overseas Troops
    Regular Imperial German Medals
     Prussian Pour-Le-Mérite
     Prussian Iron Cross   UPDATED
     Other Prussian Awards   UPDATED
     Non-Prussian Awards
     Post 1918 Veterans Awards   UPDATED
    Medals for Colonial and Overseas Service
     China Campaign Medal   UPDATED
     South West Africa Campaign Medal
     Colonial Service Medal
     Other Awards Exclusively for Overseas Service 
    Foreign Awards
     Ottoman Turkish Awards
     Other Foreign Awards
    Medal Groups
     Medal Bars
     Miniature Ribbon Bars   UPDATED
 
 Insignia
     Rank Insignia for NCOs   RECENT
     Rank Insignia for Officers   RECENT
     Specialist Insignia RECENT
     Identification Brassards
     Schutztruppe Insignia and Miscellaneous Uniform Items
 
 Firearms and Artillery
     SMS Königsberg Guns  UPDATED
     SMS Königsberg Gun in Pretoria South Africa  NEW!
     SMS Königsberg Gun in Jinja, Uganda  NEW!
     Schutztruppe Mountain Guns
     Schutztruppe Artillery Recovered from Lake Otjikoto   UPDATED
     East African Ersatz Field Gun
     Rabaul Guns                        RECENT
     Naval MG 08 Machine Gun
     Rifles and Carbines
     Mauser Jägerbüchse 1871 used in South West Africa
     East Asian 1883 Reichsrevolver Pistols
     Landespolizei Roth-Sauer Pistol
     Asienkorps PO8 Pistol Holster
 
 Bayonets and Edged Weapons
     Introduction to German Colonial Bayonets
     Bayonets of the South West African Schutztruppe
     Bayonets of the East African Schutztruppe
     Bayonets of the Cameroon Schutztruppe
     Bayonets of the Polizeitruppe
     Bayonets of the Marine Infantry- Seebataillone
     Bayonets of the Imperial Navy
     Bayonets of the East Asian Army
     Bayonets of the German Forces on Ottoman Fronts
     Bayonet Frogs
     Bayonet and Sword Knots
     Swords
 
 Equipment
     Schutztruppe Mounted Equipment
     Belt Buckles
     Naval Equipment and Souvenirs
     Schutztruppe Binoculars
 
 Pictures and Souvenirs
     Period Uniform Photographs   UPDATED
     Eyewitness Illustrations of the Siege of Tsingtao
     Military Themed Colonial Postcards
     Postcards from German South West Africa
     Photos from Modern Namibia
     Photos from Modern Qingdao
     Photos from Modern Kamina
     Photos from Modern Bamum
     Colonial Souvenirs
 
 Museums and Private Collections
     Kolonialmuseum Linke Collection, Rödelsee
     Wehrgeschichtliches Museum, Rastatt
     Bayerisches Armeemuseum, Ingolstadt
     Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin
     Swakopmund Museum
     South African Museum Collections
     Imperial War Museum, London
     Musée Royale de l'Armée, Brussels
     Heeresgeschichtliches Museum, Vienna
     Siebentritt Private Collection
     Doppler Private Collection
     Port Arthur Private Naval Collection
     East Asian Private Collection
 
SOURCES
     Credits, Thanks and Personal Sources
     Book Reviews and Printed Sources
     Contemporary Illustrated Sources
     Links & Online Sources   UPDATED
 
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Kaiser Wilhelm II
Palestine 1898

Pilot
Palestine 1917

East Asian Infantry
China 1901
Austrian Sailor
China 1908
Police Music Master
Togo c1914
Police Officer
East Africa c1910
Police
China 1901
Army Officer
Togo c1910
Naval Gunner
Mesopotamia c1916
East Asian Jäger
China 1900
Schutztruppe NCO
Cameroon c1914
Naval Pilot
Tsingtao 1914
Police NCO
Cameroon c1899
Austrian Infantry
Crete 1898
III. Seebataillon
Tsingtao c1900
Naval Officer
East Africa 1889
Austrian Driver
Palestine 1916
Police NCO
SW Africa c1910
Reservist
Cameroon 1914
Bavarian Infantry
China 1900
Red Cross Volunteer
South Africa 1900
Army Officer
Ottoman Empire c1916
Marine NCO
Skutari 1914
Askari NCO
East Africa 1889
German Volunteer
Shanghai 1899
Police Soldier
Mariana Islands 1903
German Officer
Ottoman Army 1913
East Asian Artillery
China c1905
Marine Infantry
SW Africa c1905

Reservist
New Guinea 1914

Schutztruppe Effendi
East Africa c1891
Police NCO
Cameroon c1889
Marine Infantry
Western Front 1918

Infantry
Macedonia c1917

Trooper
SW Africa c1888

Naval Medic
China 1905

Askari
East Africa 1880s
Officer
Afghanistan 1916
Police
New Guinea 1880s
Schutztruppe Officer
SW Africa c1906
African Caprivi Police
SW Africa c1911
Police
East Africa 1889
Wissmanntruppe Askari
  Egypt 1889
Medical Officer
East Africa c1917
Cameroon Soldier
SW Africa 1914
Askari Drummer
East Africa c1914
Chinese Soldier
Tsingtao c1900
Seesoldat
Flanders 1914
     
 

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