This is a posed photograph taken
in Spandau near Berlin, Germany in the Summer of 1900, prior to the
deployment of the Expeditionary Corps to China. It shows an unknown
Infantryman of the East Asian Expeditionary Corps.
He wears the
East Asian Expeditionary Corps Khaki Uniform,
consisting of a dyed yellowish-khaki tunic ("Drillichrock")
with a standing collar, six buttons to fasten the front, one left
breast pocket and two hip pockets. His shoulder straps are white with
his regimental number in red.
He wears the straw hat
which was standard summer wear for the first batch of the
Expeditionary Corps to be sent to China. It is held up on the right hand side with a
large imperial cockade above a smaller state cockade (probably the
black/white/black of Prussia, as he is training at Spandau).
He wears black leather
marching boots and matching equipment with a belt buckle bearing the
Prussian crown and the motto "Gott Mit Uns". His rifle is
the newly issued G98 with an S98 bayonet.
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generosity of the Doppler Collection in sharing this photograph with us by not reproducing it
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