Period Photographs of Imperial German Colonial and Overseas Troops

This page shows period photographs of German Imperial German colonial and overseas troops in uniform. They include members of the Schutztruppe, Polizeitruppe, Imperial Navy, Seebataillone and East Asian Expeditionary Corps. It is not my aim on this page to reproduce lots of photographs that have already appeared in print on several occasions or ones copyrighted by other sources. The photographs below are mostly from small private collections, often family collections sent to us by descendants of the soldiers and sailors themselves. As such, most are previously unpublished. Please respect the owners of the photographs' copyright and their generosity in sharing them with us by not reproducing them without prior permission.

Please contact me here if you have other photographs of the German colonies or the soldiers and sailors that served there. I am always happy to try to assist in identifying uniforms, units, places and dates for family history and other research.

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Photographs of the South West African Schutztruppe
       
Reiter
South West African Schutztruppe
Photo © Doppler Collection
Leutnant Klewitz
South West African Schutztruppe
Photo © Anonymous Private Owner
Vizefeldwebel Buschan
South West African Schutztruppe
Photo © Karsten Herzogenrath
Machine Gun Crew
South West African Schutztruppe
Photo ©  Gilles Sigro
       
Three Reiters
South West African Schutztruppe
Photo © Joe Mikolajczak
Gefreiter
South West African Schutztruppe
Photo © Guido Welk
Unteroffizier Bursig
South West African Schutztruppe
Photo © Karsten Herzogenrath
Artillery Battery
South West African Schutztruppe
Photo © Karsten Herzogenrath
Medical Officer
Schutztruppe
Photo © JW Collection
Reiter
South West African Schutztruppe
Photo © JW Collection
Reiter
South West African Schutztruppe
Photo © JW Collection
Feldwebel
South West African Schutztruppe
Photo © Peter Klein

Hauptmann von Loßnitzer
South West African Schutztruppe
Photo © Christophe Deruelle

Unteroffizier Broedertz
South West African Schutztruppe
Photo © Peter Klein
Medical Officer Dr. Trommsdorff
South West African Schutztruppe
Photo © Karsten Herzogenrath
Three One Year Volunteers
South West African Schutztruppe
Photo © Private Collection
       
Photographs of the East African Schutztruppe
       
Unteroffizier
East African Schutztruppe
Photo © JW Collection
Feldwebel
East African Schutztruppe
Photo © Peter Klein
Askari
East African Schutztruppe
Photo © Jeff Hayes
NCOs and Askaris
East African Schutztruppe
Photo © Karsten Herzogenrath
   
NCO and Servant
East African Schutztruppe
Photo © Peter Klein
Captured Effendi and Askaris
East African Schutztruppe
Photo © Chris Wood
   
       
Photographs of the Cameroon Schutztruppe
       
 
Feldwebel
Cameroon Schutztruppe
Photo © Karsten Herzogenrath
Three NCOs
Cameroon Schutztruppe

Photo John Falcon
Unteroffizier
Cameroon Schutztruppe

Photo © Karsten Herzogenrath
 
       
Photographs of the Colonial Police - Polizeitruppe & Landespolizei
       
East African Polizeitruppe
Photo © Tobias Weber
Artillery of the
East African Polizeitruppe
Photo © Karsten Herzogenrath
Tsingtao Polizeitruppe
Photo © Doppler Collection
Samoan Polizeitruppe
Photo © Shaun Aumua
Polizei-Sergeant Wilhelmi
South West African Landespolizei
Photo © S Schepp
A Patrol of the
South West African Landespolizei
Photo © Peter Klein
Polizei-Sergeant Bursig
South West African Landespolizei
Photo © Peter Klein
Pacific Polizeitruppe
on the Island of Angaur
Photo © Karsten Herzogenrath
       
Photographs of the Marine Infantry - Seebataillone
       
Seesoldat Heckenbücker
III. Seebataillon
Photo © Freddy Rudolf and Zylgwyn Heckenbücker
Seesoldat Schlotte
I. Seebataillon
Photo © Robert Schlotte
Seesoldat
II. Seebataillon
Photo © Doppler Collection
Seesoldat
III. Seebataillon
Photo © Doppler Collection
Seesoldat
III. Seebataillon
Photo © Doppler Collection
Five Seesoldaten
III. Seebataillon
Photo © Freddy Rudolf and Zylgwyn Heckenbücker
Group Photograph
III. Seebataillon
Photo © Freddy Rudolf and Zylgwyn Heckenbücker
Artilleryman
Marine Feld Batterie
Photo © Doppler Collection
On the Move
Marine Feld Batterie
Photo © Doppler Collection
Seesoldaten at Tsingtao Harbour
III. Seebataillon
Photo © Doppler Collection
Seesoldaten on Police Duty
III. Seebataillon
Photo © Doppler Collection
Pioneer
III. Seebataillon
Photo © Peter Klein
   
Artilleryman
Marine Feld Batterie
Photo © Peter Klein
Senior NCO
II. Seebataillon
Photo © Peter Klein
   
       
Photographs of the Imperial Navy
       
Matrose Krauss
SMS Preussen
Photo © Dixie Krauss
Maat Bartsch and his family
SMS Iltis
Photo © Axel Scharr
Obermaat Sonntag and his family
Kiaochow Naval Artillery
Photo © Doppler Collection
Matrose Miclaw
Naval Artillery
 Photo © Laura Rowe
Deck Officer
Imperial Navy
Photo © Doppler Collection
Naval Machine Gun Crew
East Africa
Photo © Peter Klein
Matrose Wewers
SMS Goeben
Photo © Jeff Wewers

Kapitänleutnant von Mücke
SMS Emden
Photo © JW Collection

     
Naval Machine Gun Crew
Germany 1916
Photo © Steve Bombowsky
     
 
Photographs of the German Army Overseas
       
Infantryman
East Asian Expeditionary Corps
Photo © Doppler Collection
Musician
East Asian Expeditionary Corps
Photo © Karsten Herzogenrath
Musician
East Asian Expeditionary Corps
Photo © Peter Klein
Infantrymen
East Asian Expeditionary Corps
Photo © Johan Jansens
Cavalry
East Asian Occupation Brigade
Photo © Peter Klein
Infantryman
East Asian Occupation Brigade
Photo © Karsten Herzogenrath
Artillery NCO
Pascha I Expedition
Photo © Roy Williams
Train Musician
East Asian Occupation Brigade
Photo © Karsten Herzogenrath
       
Other Related Curious Photographs
       
Shanghai Volunteer Corps
at Tsingtao 1914
Photo from the Library of Congress Collection
Schutztruppe POWs
in Malta 1914-19
Photos © Malta Study Circle
Boer Parade
Germany 1900
Photo © Private Collection
Red Cross Leader von Heynitz
South West African Schutztruppe
Photo © Karsten Herzogenrath
       
   
Medical NCO
South West African Schutztruppe
Photo © George Wylie Collection
Chinese Officers
Germany c1898-1914
Photo
   
       

Please contact me here if you have other photographs of the German colonies or the soldiers and sailors that served there. I am always happy to try to assist in identifying uniforms, units, places and dates for family history and other research.

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