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.
Much of this website is
a work in progress. Please feel free to send me more photos or
information that may add to the website or correct my errors. Equally if
you are planning to use information from this website for publication or
serious research please contact me first to check my sources. You can contact