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German Colonial Officers 1914

Postby Peter H » 21 Dec 2004 11:43

All photos from Der Krieg in wort und Bild.
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Postby Peter H » 21 Dec 2004 11:47

Dr Heinrich Schnee,German Governor,Deutsch Ostafrika.

After Colonial office in New Guinea,Samoa,he arrived in East Africa in 1912 with his New Zealander wife.
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Postby Peter H » 21 Dec 2004 11:48

The Herr Doktor was Governor of Kamerun.
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Postby Peter H » 21 Dec 2004 11:49

Kamerun Schutztruppe Commander Zimmermann.
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Postby Peter H » 21 Dec 2004 11:54

Captain in charge of Kamerun police?
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Postby Peter H » 21 Dec 2004 11:56

Died in service 1914/15?Deutsch Sudwestafrika.
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Postby Peter H » 21 Dec 2004 11:57

His Sudwestafrika replacement,Oberstleutnant Franke.
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Postby Peter H » 21 Dec 2004 12:07

Botha accepts the German surrender in Sudwestafrika....from The History of the Great European War,1915.

The man on the left might be the German Governor,Dr Seitz?
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Postby Karwats » 22 Dec 2004 09:46

Absolutely briliant pics. Especially the SWA ones.
Where did you gind them????
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Captain in charge of Kamerun police?


The caption actually says "Leader of the last german troops in Kamerun".

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Postby Peter H » 22 Dec 2004 11:28

Karwats,
German photos fromDer Krieg in Wort und Bild,a German periodical 1914-19.Botha photo from the English The Great European War,1915.

Joachim von Heydebreck(1861-1914) was "killed in a fatal accident",November 1914(an accident with a rifle grenade?),hence replaced by Erich Viktor Franke(1866-1936) from the date.Franke had been based in SWA since the 1904 rebellion.

The Governor Theodor Seitz(1863-1949) surrended to Botha on the 9th July 1915,as shown in the photo above.Seitz had already served in Kamerun as Governor four times(1895-97,1898,1907-9,1909-10)before his arrival in SWA in 1910.

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Postby Peter H » 09 Oct 2005 14:55

Victor Franke(1866-1936)
The hero of the relief of Omaruru in the Herero Revolt 1904.Awarded the PLM.Franke continued service in Südwestafrika and was a Major by 1914.Made Commander of German Schutztruppe DSWA in 1915,and surrended to British the same year.Made a Generalmajor in 1920.

More on Franke here:

http://lexikon.freenet.de/Victor_Franke

The Omaruri Relief:

http://www.namibia-travel.net/centralna ... maruru.htm

In January 1904, the violent uprising of the Herero people in Namibia started and Omaruru was strongly affected. The Herero raided the farms and surrounded the town. The Schutztruppe had left just shortly before to Gibeon, 400 kilometres south. Captain Viktor Franke, commander of the Omaruru company, returned with his men immediately after news of the uprising was received via heliograph. After a forced march of only five days, he managed to bring relief; first to Windhoek and then to Okahandja and eventually, he broke through the besieging ring around Omaruru to free the settlers. The watchtower dates back to the year 1908 when it was built in case of future attacks. To honour Captain Viktor Franke it was named after him.

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Postby Peter H » 14 Oct 2005 03:59

Ludwig von Estorff(1859-1943)

Südwest Afrika 1894-99--Captain,wounded in Naukluft campaign
Ost Afrika 1900--Major
Südwest Afrika 1901-4(Kommandant der Schutztruppe)
Südwest Afrika 1904-7--commanded 2.Feld Regiment 1906
Südwest Afrika 1907-11--Oberst(Kommandeure der Schutztruppe für Deutsch-Südwestafrika)

Clashed with von Trotha over accepting the surrender of the Ovahherero.The latter refused to budge on his 'extermination' policy.


In WW1,awarded the PLM in 1917:

http://home.comcast.net/~jcviser/index. ... storff.htm

War's outbreak found Generalmajor von Eßtorff on the Western Front in command of 68th Infantry Brigade, attached to Crown Prince Wilhelm's Fifth Army (XVI.AK, 34.ID) He was wounded at Dannevoux in September 1914 and spent the next eight months recuperating. He returned to active duty as a divisional commander, spending the last year of the war in charge of Generalkommando 60. Following the war, von Eßtorff temporarily served as military governor of Königsberg[8th Army] and later commanded a corps in the Reichswehr. He was placed on inactive reserve status in April 1920.


Photo from the Frankfurt University colonial website: http://www.stub.bildarchiv-dkg.uni-fran ... efault.htm
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Postby schutztruppe » 26 Oct 2005 10:48

The man on the left of the photo with Gen. Botha is Franke. As can be clearly seen he is a worried man as the surrender must have worked on his nerves.

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Postby Scarlett » 30 Oct 2005 14:41

Hauptmann Adametz, Oberleutnant Tamm, Leutnant Kallmeyer
Schutztruppe Kamerun 1914
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