This is a posed studio
in Germany in 1904 or 1905. It shows an unknown Schutztruppe Reiter shortly
before his departure for South West Africa.
He wears the
in grey felt, with blue hatband and edging for South West Africa,
pinned up on the right hand side with a large imperial cockade (see
right). His tunic is the 1900
Kord Litewka, with concealed buttons on the front and pockets and
shoulder straps of white twisted cord with threads in red and black.
He wears aiguillette twisted black/white/red cords across his left
breast. These were usually only worn on parade.
He carries the
Mounted Equipment and
Ammunition Pouches exclusive to the Schutztruppe in brown leather
with matching riding boots and stirrups. His company coloured bayonet
knot can been seen at his left side. He carries his rifle with the
bayonet fixed and has binoculars around his neck.
This combination of
uniform and equipment were probably only seen together for a studio
photograph. Aiguillette cords were not usually worn in action, while
binoculars were not often worn on parade.
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