9021101 The German Colonial Troops: New Reference Book $140.00
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English text, over 600 pages profusely illustrated with detailed full color photos of uniforms, headgear, weapons, insignia and equipment. Most items are from the collections of major German military museums and have seldom been seen by the public. This heavily illustrated volume deals first with the history of Germany’s colonial ambition in Africa and China, thus providing an historical and political framework. 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 gray home uniform, this also included a sand-colored or white tropical uniform adapted to the climate in the protectorates. In 1913, the field gray 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. The African soldiers’ tropical uniform is also dealt with in a special section. The troops for East Asia presented a completely different picture. Initially, 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. By 1901 the troops were issued special field gray winter and summer uniforms with brand new helmets, pith helmets, tunics and equipment. These items were not only worn by the East Asia Occupation Troops until 1909, they also became trial models in the search for a new field uniform and many important elements were later incorporated into the field uniform of the German Army. An important, must have Imperial German militaria reference.  S&H-$10.50