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 ("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, Kaiser Wilhelm II's visit to
Palestine, the German Caucasus Mission, the Bamum Private Army and Germans in the Shanghai Volunteer Corps.