Bar with the Combatants South West Africa Medal and
The medals on this bar in order of
seniority from left to right are-
Photo © Private Collection
Prussian Iron Cross, second class
1914-18 Honour Cross for combatants
1904-08 South West Africa Campaign Medal for
clasps for "HEREROLAND", "GROSS-NAMALAND", "ORANJE"
and "KALAHARI 1908"
Prussian Other Ranks Long Service
first class for 21 years service
Prussian Landwehr Long Service Award,
The original owner of this medal bar was
an other ranks combatant in the Herero Rebellion and the First World
War. He wears four campaign clasps for the South West Africa medal,
the most interesting of which is the rare clasp for Kalahari 1908.
This was awarded to members of the Schutztruppe camel mounted 7.
Feldkompagnie and the British Bechuanaland Protectorate Police Force
for tracking down Simon Koper and his Nama warriors. The original
owner of this bar was therefore probably a member of Friedrich von
Erckert's famous Camel Company.
Recommended Reading -
"German Medals, British Soldiers and the Kalahari
Desert" by Gordon McGregor and
dem Kreuz des Südens" by S Schepp