Photographs from the Swakopmund Museum, Namibia


 


These photographs were taken by Phil Buhler and Greg Gerardi on separate trips to Namibia and show uniform displays and Schutztruppe relics from the Swakopmund Museum, Namibia (formerly German South West Africa). Please respect their generosity in sharing these copyrighted photos with us all by not reproducing them without prior permission.

The museum is temporarily without a website but is located next to the lighthouse on Strand Street, Swakopmund, Namibia

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A full grey home uniform of an NCO of the South West African Schutztruppe from the collection previously on display at the Swakopmund Museum. The uniform has the traditional Südwester hat and tunic in field grey with piping, collar and cuffs in blue for South West Africa with white double Litzen separated by a red bar. The silver collar and cuff lace denote NCO rank, as does the collar button that can just be seen to the rear of the collar, in this case either Sergeant or Vice-Feldwebel. An impressive display of medals (including the Colonial and SW African medals with bars) is worn on the left breast.
Photo copyright G Gerardi
  Another view of the SW African NCOs home uniform.
Photo copyright P Buhler
  A SW African Schutztruppe other ranks greatcoat. SW Africa was the only German colony where greatcoats were regularly worn, especially during cold nights. As here, other ranks greatcoats were grey, single breasted and had six white metal buttons. Shoulder straps and collar patches were in colony colour (blue for SW African here). White double Litzen separated by a red bar were worn on the collar patches. On this greatcoat a single bar of NCOs lace is worn above the Litzen, showing the owner to be an Unteroffizier, Sergeant or Vice-Feldwebel (this greatcoat probably belonged to the same NCO as the home uniform).
Photo copyright P Buhler
   
A display case of SW African Schutztruppe uniforms. Along the top shelf are two SW African Südwester hats and a khaki corduroy peaked field cap all with hatband and piping in blue for SW Africa. The tunic on the left differs from the standard 1896 khaki tunic in that it has eight buttons (instead of the usual six) and pointed pocket flaps. This may be due to its being of private purchase and tailoring. The tunic in the centre is a khaki corduroy tunic known as a Kord Litewka. It has no visible buttons, piping or Litzen. With this tunic is worn the later model SW African Schutztruppe equipment and ammunition pouches with brass buttons to hold down the pouch flaps.
Photo copyright P Buhler
  Another view of the same display case showing another view of the Kord Litewka. The uniform to the right of it is a standard 1896 khaki Schutztruppe tunic, piped in blue with six white metal; buttons down the front and straight pocket flaps. To the right of that can be seen the side of the home uniform described earlier. Note the rank button on the collar of the home uniform can be clearly seen from this angle. On the top shelf, above the khaki tunic is a Schutztruppe Südwester hat with white piping for German East Africa.
Photo copyright P Buhler
  Another view of the same display case. This photo was taken several years before the ones to the left and the display has been changed slightly.
Photo copyright G Gerardi
   
This photograph shows the lower part of the same uniforms display case. The bottom of the corduroy tunic can be seen at the top of this photo. Note the two cuff buttons, the only visible buttons on the tunic. Underneath the tunic is an ammunition bandolier. Below that on the left is a standard 1893 issue water bottle. The item to its right is a carbine holster for use when mounted.
Photo copyright P Buhler
  A display of Schutztruppe rifles. From top to bottom they are a Jägerbüsche 71, a Gewehr 88, its carbine equivalent, a Gewehr 98 (or possibly it's variant the Schutztruppe Gewehr 98)  and its carbine equivalent the KAR98.
Photo copyright P Buhler
  A display case of Schutztruppe photographs and equipment. At the top centre is a heliograph signalling set.
Photo copyright P Buhler
   
A display case of Schutztruppe photographs.
Photo copyright P Buhler
  A display case of Schutztruppe memorabilia, trophies and day to day equipment.
Photo copyright P Buhler
  A display case of Schutztruppe photographs and memorabilia.
Photo copyright P Buhler

 

   

 

    A Schutztruppe Camel Saddle.
Photo copyright G Gerardi
   

 

     

 

 All photographs on this page taken by Greg Gerardi © 1990/2005 and Phil Buhler © 2002/06

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