Colonial uniform or earlier?

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Colonial uniform or earlier?

Post by eindhoven » 15 Jan 2017 02:49

This is a relative of mine I recently discovered. I am trying to determine if he is wearing a Schutztruppe uniform or if it's not at all African Colonial or East Asian Expeditionary. The unit is indicated. All assistance is greatly appreciated.
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Re: Colonial uniform or earlier?

Post by Tanzania » 15 Jan 2017 11:08

I am really not a uniform expert. Due to this it´s maybe only for me exceptional that he wear a straw hat and an unusual high scarf / shirt (?)

I am constantly surprised about the tightly uniforms (slim fast) at that time, which were maybe fashioned, but absolutely impractical and unhygienically. (Mit solchen Tropenuniformen müssen die Träger nach kurzer Zeit gerochen haben wie die Otter)

But, of course your question isn´t answered with this and reply is still forthcoming.
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Re: Colonial uniform or earlier?

Post by eindhoven » 15 Jan 2017 16:56

Tanzania - Thank you kindly for your reply. I am particularly fond of this catchy uniform (Aber ich stimme mit Ihnen über den Geroch). I imagine it looked like so in color having spent the better part of last night researching. Corrections welcome.

A very big thank you to germancolonialuniforms.co.uk - without which I would likely have toiled for longer.
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A new area for me having my head sunk in WW2 for roughly 4 decades.

His uniform is definitely that of the Ostasiatische Expeditionskorps and luckily my Großonkel also wrote a book about his experiences which I purchased last night.
Giehrl-China-Fahrt-Erlebnisse-und-Eindrucke-von-der-Expedition-1900-.jpg
Now it is a hunt for me to find all these accouterments
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Re: Colonial uniform or earlier?

Post by Chris Dale » 21 Jan 2017 00:35

Thanks for sharing that great photo and I'm glad you found my website useful in identifying him. Yes he does appear to be in a Bavarian Infantry unit of the East Asian Expeditionary Corps. But the colourised version shows wrong colours, his uniform is khaki more like this-
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Re: Colonial uniform or earlier?

Post by eindhoven » 22 Jan 2017 18:31

Chris,

Yes thank you for your website and also for the direction on the uniform. I was thinking it was the winter type uniform. I will adjust that colorization. Cant wait for his book he wrote to arrive so I can learn more about his actions.

With much appreciation
Lloyd

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