German Colonial Uniforms Website

Discussions on all aspects of the German Colonies and Overseas Expeditions. Hosted by Chris Dale.
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Post by Chris Dale » 03 Feb 2007 23:14

I've put quite a few new updates up at http://www.germancolonialuniforms.co.uk/ since I last posted in this section.

There are now new pages of illustrations and uniform notes on the Early Schutztruppe in DOA, Seebatallion Peacetime and Overseas Uniforms and Naval Landing Parties. Also a new illustration and photograph has been added to the page on the Samoan police.

There are some great new close up photos of some of the remaining SMS Königsberg guns in South Africa as well as more photos of items in South African museums. There are also some Postcards from a Schutztruppe soldier in DSWA kindly sent to me by fellow forum member James Calaski and translated with the help of several other forum
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Chris

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Post by Peter H » 04 Feb 2007 02:58

Chris,

I've changed the layout of the Menu page of this website. Rather than strictly having pages under headings of the different colonies, they are now under headings of the Schutztruppe, Naval Troops and Overseas Expeditions. This is mainly because the new expansion of this website to cover pre-1914 campaigns would otherwise mean the repetition of several pages on the Imperial Navy.


An excellent format change.

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Peter

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Post by Chris Dale » 04 Feb 2007 03:29

I'm very glad you like it, thank you for the encouragement, Peter.
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Post by Utrecht » 10 Mar 2007 16:41

Complimets for your website Chris. A great piece of work!

Let me ask you, why are you as an UK citizen so interesed in the German colonial history? When did this start?
It is pretty striking there the UK also has a very interesting (colonial) (war) history.

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Post by Chris Dale » 10 Mar 2007 18:24

Hi Utrecht,

Thank you for the kind words, I'm glad you like it. It's always being updated too.

As you asked my interest in the German colonies started when I first read about them as side-note in histories of the First World War. It seemed very hard to find information on them in English, that made me more curious to find out about them. It is easy here in England to research the British colonial history, there are so many books about it- but then there's no challenge in that is there? All the work has already been done.

I never met anybody else with this interest until I came here and made lots of new freinds on the Axis Forum. It's good to know you all.

Then, Uttecht, you're from the Netherlands. Why are you interested in the German colonies? You could be researching the Dutch East Indies instead?

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Post by Utrecht » 10 Mar 2007 18:53

Well Chris, the 'German colonies fanatics' are glad you decided to study that subject. :)

The German colonies is just one of many interests. Although German (military) history has my special attention.
And like you I am more focusing on the lesser known subjects (subjects hardly discussed in Dutch literature and sometimes even in English literature). But, of course as a Dutchman I also like to read about the former Dutch East Indies, Holland in WWII and the Anglo-Dutch Wars for example.

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Post by Chris Dale » 12 Apr 2007 23:29

Thank you Utrecht for the kind words. Of course the website wouldn't be possible if it weren't for people such as the forum members here sharing their expertise so freely. Thank you all for your contributions.

There's new photos of a Marinekorps Flandern greatcoat up at http://www.germancolonialuniforms.co.uk under the heading "Naval Greatcoat".
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Chris

PS Ah, yes the Anglo-Dutch Wars... Chatham comes to mind as the worst day in the British navy's history!

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Post by Utrecht » 13 Apr 2007 14:49

Chris Dale wrote:
PS Ah, yes the Anglo-Dutch Wars... Chatham comes to mind as the worst day in the British navy's history!


Did you notice the topic I started?

viewtopic.php?t=117673

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Post by Chris Dale » 02 May 2007 16:31

I've added a new page on specialist insignia as worn by the Schutztruppe, Seebtallione and other overseas forces to the website at http://www.germancolonialuniforms.co.uk/

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Post by Chris Dale » 12 Jun 2007 00:22

I've completely re-worked the page on the German South West African Landespolizei uniforms at the website at http://www.germancolonialuniforms.co.uk/ . As usual any comments on or corrections to the website are always helpful.

This latest update has largely been due to the help of Sven Schepp who has been researching the Landespolizei for many years and is soon to publish a book on the subject. I'll post a thread up letting you all know when his book comes out.

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Chris

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Post by Chris Dale » 28 Jul 2007 14:55

I've added some updates to the website at http://www.germancolonialuniforms.co.uk - new page on the Schutztruppe Mountain Guns. This page shows photos of several of the 7.5cm guns issued to the Schutztruppe in German South West Africa. Special thanks here goes to MC Heunis and Vincent Wratten for information and photographs.

While on the subject of Artillery, there's been an update to the page on the Königsberg Guns with photos of another surviving 10.5cm gun in Uganda. Thanks to Bob Wagner for rediscovering this gun and for sharing his photographs of it with us.

There's been some updates on the German East African Askari 1896-1914 Page, with new illustrations showing variations of the traditional tarbush headdress. I've also added a new illustration to the page on African Auxiliaries in German South West Africa.

Hope you enjoy them.

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Chris

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Post by Chris Dale » 23 Aug 2007 00:55

I've added new pages on the Cameroon and New Guinea Polizeitruppe uniforms to the website at http://www.germancolonialuniforms.co.uk/

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Post by Chris Dale » 02 Oct 2007 17:26

I've added reviews of three highly recommended books to the Books Reviews Page at http://www.germancolonialuniforms.co.uk. The books in questions are "German Schutztruppe in East Africa 1889-1911" by Ernst Nigmann translated by Robert E Dohrenwend (Published by Battery Press), "Colonial Armies: Africa 1850 to 1918" written and illustrated by Peter Abbott (Published by Foundry) and "Peking 1900- The Boxer Rebellion" by Peter Harrington, illustrated by Michael Perry (published by Published by Osprey Campaign Series).

While on the subject of books, I would like to mention that one of the helpful contributors to this forum, Gordon McGregor, has a new book published entitled "German Medals, British Soldiers and the Kalahari Desert". The book tells the tale of the Imperial British troops awarded German medals in 1907 and 1908 for their assistance in tracking down the Namibian rebels, Jakobus Morenga and Simon Kopper. The book consists of 104 pages with 5 maps, 12 colour and 34 black and white photos and is available directly from the Namibia Scientific Society, PO Box 67, Windhoek, Namibia (nwg@iway.na).

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Post by Chris Dale » 21 Nov 2007 02:02

I've added three new pages of notes and illustrations to the website at http://www.germancolonialuniforms.co.uk The pages are on German Officers and NCOs of the Wissmanntruppe, Askaris of the Wissmanntruppe and Askaris of the Early Schutztruppe 1890-96.

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Chris

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Post by WEISWEILER » 21 Dec 2007 08:12

Outstanding stuff!

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