Sailor Bartsch of the Imperial German Navy

 
     
 

 
 

Photo Axel Scharr

 



 

   

This is a photograph of Robert Bartsch, a sailor on the SMS Iltis that served in China, and his family. It was probably taken in Germany in the early 1900s.

Robert Bartsch wears a dark blue other ranks dress jacket ("Affenjacke"- see Other Ranks Naval Uniforms Page) with unidentified specialist insignia on the left sleeve in yellow (or white) metallic thread. He also wears a Prussian pre-1913 long service award on his left breast. Under his jacket he wears a white summer shirt with its blue naval collar worn over the top. His trousers are matching dark blue.

Over his white summer shirt he wears a dark blue other ranks dress jacket ("Affenjacke") with specialist insignia on the left sleeve in yellow (or white) metallic thread.

 


Other Ranks Naval Dress Jacket
(See Naval Uniforms Details Page)
Photo
Doppler Collection

Please respect the generosity of Robert Bartsch's great-nephew, Axel Scharr in sharing this photograph with us by not reproducing it without prior permission. 
 

 
 
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