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THE GERMAN COLONIAL TROOPS from 1889 to 1918
History, Uniforms, Equipment
Dr. Jürgen Kraus and Dr. Thomas Müller

Dr. Jürgen Kraus and Dr. Thomas Müller. This 600-page illustrated volume deals first with the history of Germany’s colonial ambition, thus providing a historical and political framework. Starting with the first tentative colonisation projects, this part of the book concentrates on the years between 1884 (the establishment, under Imperial constitutional law, of the first “protectorate”) and 1919, the formal end of Germany’s colonial Empire with the Treaty of Versailles. This introductory section closes with the campaigns and military operations prior to the First World War and the occurrences during the War, 1914 to 1918. The second part deals with the uniforms and equipment of the Schutztruppen: based on the early uniforms worn from 1889 in German East Africa and German South-West Africa, the universal uniform for all “Imperial Schutztruppen” was established in 1896. Along with the representative grey home uniform, this also included a sand-colored or white tropical uniform adapted to the climate in the protectorates. The African soldiers’ tropical uniform is also dealt with in a special section. The troops for the East Asia Expeditionary Corps, sent out in 1900, was only issued an improvised uniform, which made quite an exotic impression with its straw hats. In 1913, the field grey uniform was finally introduced. Despite the basic form, uniforms and equipment varied in the protectorates. All the various items, such as pith helmets, caps, tunics and cartridge belts, are described here in great detail.

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