This is a posed studio photograph probably
taken in Germany before departure for the colonies. It was most likely
taken in the late 1890s.
He wears the 1896 peaked cap in grey to match
the home uniform, with a hatband in red for Cameroon and a small imprial
cockade at the front. It has a polished black leather peak. The uniform
is the 1896 white tropical uniform piped in Schutztruppe blue. Note the
single rank chevron on the upper left arm of an Unteroffizier.
The boots and gaiters are of an old pattern
introduced for the Schutztruppe in 1891. They are not usually seen with
the 1896 uniform and may be retained for mounted duties. That would also
explain the use of a sword which was a not normally carried by junior
NCOs in the Schutztruppe. A part of the Cameroon Schutztruppe was
mounted and this NCO might be trained for that role.
Please respect the
Karsten Herzogenrath in sharing this photograph with us by not reproducing it
without prior permission.