This photograph was taken
in China, probably in the area of Tsingtao, sometime in the
early 1900s. It shows three members of the III. Seebataillon with
suspected Boxer prisoners.
three Seesoldaten in the photograph all wear the
1893 Dark Blue Litewka
tunic with conlealed buttons down the front and gathered cuffs. They
have white collar patches with yellow Litzen. The shoulder straps have
either been removed or are dark blue with yellow insignia. Each of the
men has a chevron, probably in imperial colours, on the upper left
arm. I'm not sure of the significance of this, though it may have been
to indicate police service.
All three men wear the
Seebataillon peaked cap (see right) in dark blue with white hatband
and piping and a black leather peak. It has a small imperial cockade
at the front of the hatband. Other ranks usually wore peakless field
caps, but were allowed to privately purchase the peaked version as
usually worn by senior NCOs and officers.
Seebataillon Peaked Cap
Field Cap Details Page)
© Doppler Collection