This is a
in Tsingtao, China. It shows Pionier Hermann Stigelmeier of the Pionier Kompanie
of the Seebataillon and is dated 29th July 1911.
He wears the
Tropical Uniform. The tunic has
a stand and fall collar and six plain brass domed buttons. The
shoulder straps are white with red (for pioneers) insignia in the form of an imperial crown above two crossed anchors above the
battalion numeral III. The tunic also had plain cuffs and two buttoned
hip pockets. Note the oval badge with red crossed pick and shovel
insignia for the Pioneer Company. Some photographs show this badge
to be white, while here it is matching khaki with the tunic.
Matching khaki trousers
are worn tucked into brown leather marching boots.
He wears a khaki
Bortfeldt tropical helmet, with the marine infantry brass imperial
eagle and anchor above an imperial cockade. Note the chinstrap worn
folded over the front peak of the helmet.
He carries full marching
order including backpack and tent quarter, note the pioneers long
pick or shovel handle protruding over his left shoulder. He has two
ammunition pouches either side of a naval other ranks belt buckle
bearing the imperial crown surrounded by the motto "Gott Mit Uns".
He also carries a pair of binoculars around his neck. His rifle is