Figure 1 is based on a photograph
of a German Schutztruppe NCO from a Mounted Company taken in the
1890's. Of the
12 companies of Schutztruppe in Cameroon two or three had mounted
Like the Schutztruppe in German East Africa and German South West
Africa from 1896 onwards the German Schutztruppe in Cameroon
received the M1896 blue piped khaki
tropical uniform with other ranks wearing shoulder straps of twisted
black/white/red braid (see right). Prior to 1896 German officers and
NCOs wore a white or khaki uniform piped in blue with Brandenburg
style cuffs. The later white uniform (in the same cut as the M1896
khaki uniform) was often worn in Cameroon when not in action.
Mixtures of the white and khaki uniforms are also often seen in
photographs from Cameroon with officers wearing the khaki uniform
with white helmet or vice versa.
In Cameroon tropical helmets and Südwester slouch hats were
seen worn side by side regardless of rank. This NCO wears the regulation Südwester slouch hat, with piping and hatband in red for Cameroon
Page). As a mounted trooper this NCO
wears riding breeches with riding boots as commonly seen in German
South West Africa. Riding breeches in grey/brown corduroy were also
Across his right breast this NCO wears
a sharpshooter's decoration in the form of a twisted black/white/red
as worn in the regular German army. His NCO rank would have been displayed on
his left sleeve as inverted silver chevrons on a blue backing (see
NCO Rank Insignia Page).
This trooper is armed with the 1888 "Komission"
Carbine and has the
old 1895 ammunition pouches. Most of the Schutztruppe of Cameroon had been
issued with the newer
Mauser 1898 Carbine and
1909 pattern pouches by in 1914. The brown leather belt
is fastened by a Schutztruppe other ranks belt buckle (see right).
Figure 2 is based on a
of a typical German Schutztruppe Officer taken after the outbreak of
war in 1914. He wears a regulation
tropical helmet with a small black/white/red cockade (see below right) which appears
to be missing its officers silver cord around the hatband. The tunic is again
the regulation M1896 khaki tropical uniform piped in blue but with officers
black/silver/red braided shoulder straps (see
Officers Rank Insignia Page). The khaki trousers are tucked into
brown leather boots and gaiters as commonly worn by officers. He is armed
lightly with a pistol and one row of M1909 ammunition pouches.