Figure 1 is based on a
Obermatrose der Reserve Rassak,
a German Reservist, taken in Cameroon during the First World
Most of this man's uniform
is probably supplied mostly by himself, he wears a non-regulation khaki
shirt and slouch hat. His trousers, leather gaiters and short boots may be
He carries one 1871/95 ammunition
pouch held up on a non-standard belt. He has the straps for a backpack,
though if it is a standard issue Schutztruppe backpack cannot be
seen. He is again armed with a K98 carbine
and has an
unidentified pistol in a holster on his belt.
Note that although Rassak is
serving in the Schutztruppe he retains his junior NCO rank of "Obermatrose"
from his previous naval service.
Figure 2 is based on a
photograph of Unteroffizier Franz, a German Reservist, taken in
Cameroon during the First World War.
He wears a tropical helmet which may
be of official 1913 Schutztruppe issue with an imperial eagle badge from
the fez of a Schutztruppe African soldier. His tunic is curiously also
that worn by the
Schutztruppe African Soldiers. Shortages in German Schutztruppe stocks
were no doubt behind this unusual issue. The tunic has red collar edging
and chevrons on the cuffs. It has plain khaki shoulder straps, no pockets
and four white metal buttons down the front.
In the original photograph
upon which this illustration is based his left side cannot be seen to
determine if he is wearing the rank chevrons of an Unteroffizier (see
Insignia Page). Neither can his lower legs be seen clearly in the original
photograph, I have illustrated him with short leather boots and puttees as seen worn by some other
reservists in the same group. They may have been standard issue
Schutztruppe grey puttees, or possibly old or improvised stock.
He carries 1871/95 ammunition
pouches on a standard Schutztruppe German other ranks brown leather belt and
buckle (see below), but with thinner shoulder straps, perhaps those from his bread bag.
He is armed with a
K98 carbine as issued to most German troops in the Cameroon Schutztruppe.