He is a german member of Schutztruppe, wearing a simplified version of uniform, because the uniform stock in German East Africa is too short and many german joined Schutztruppe and used whats uniform is possible in the beginning this new members of Schützenkomagnien wearing black-white-red armband, soon replacrd by ribbons in the same colour in the shoulders..The use of this is to avoid confuse with enemies uniforms in the battlefield..
In the Chris Dale webiste in the section German Reservist in East Africa you can find informations...included photos of this ribbon and armbands of IWM collection in London. Look the picture.
In These book abou a history of british naval officer captured by the Germans, read page 38
" When he saw the man who had been sent me, all over his face. He to fetch me was of a grinned German Colonial and was wearing ordinary type, white with the addition of a of badge black, clothes, and red on his shoulders. "
Again page 53
"Presently we passed three companies of soldiers drawn up in the street. Two of these were composed of natives, and one of Germans. These latter were mostly planters and traders from upcountry, a large number of whom had been called down to Dar-es-Salaam in of a expectation of a landing fron from the ships following on the bombardment. They all wore a sort of khaki uniform with a black, white and red ribbon on the shoulder, and a button in the same colour on their helmets."
Rio de Janeiro
Tanzania wrote:Another Photo with a Schutztruppen MG 08 in GEA. Unequivocal not recorded on site, but in the Photo studio.
To this two questions:
• To the uniform; What means the black and white (?) mark on the epaulette(s)?
• To the MG; What is the purpose of the textile cover on the water cooling jacket?
Bundesarchiv; Bild 105-DOA6744 Dobbertin, Walter, 1914-1918.jpgSource: Bundesarchiv; Bild 105-DOA6744 / Dobbertin, Walter, 1914-1918