photograph shows three Schutztruppe private soldiers ("Reiter")
posing with African children taken in South West Africa sometime between the
late 1890's and 1914.
Three three soldiers all
wear the Kord field cap (see right) in grey/brown corduroy with piping
and hatband in blue, a small imperial cockade at the front and a black
leather peak and chinstrap (see right).
Their uniforms consist of
the 1896 Khaki Feldrock tunic (see right) and matching trousers. The
tunics had piping in cornflower blue on the collar, front and cuffs.
They had six white metal buttons down the front (each bearing the
imperial crown), pleated sloping breast pockets and level hip pockets.
The shoulder straps were of twisted black/white/red braid for other
All three probably wear
brown leather riding boots although they can only be seen clearly on
the figure on the right who has tucked his trousers into them.
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