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In 1914 there were three Schutztruppe commands, one in each of the German colonial regions in East, West, and Southwest Africa. Schutztruppe formations were organizationally never a part of the army or navy. German military law and discipline applied to the Schutztruppe. Shown here, Schutztruppe Askari Flag Carrier, German East Africa, 1906

In 1914 there were three Schutztruppe commands, one in each of the German colonial regions in East, West, and Southwest Africa. Schutztruppe formations were organizationally never a part of the army or navy. German military law and discipline applied to the Schutztruppe. Shown here, Schutztruppe Askari Flag Carrier, German East Africa, 1906

First World War: German colonial officials on zebras. Dar-es-Salaam, German East Africa (1914) [1600x1569]

First World War: German colonial officials on zebras. Dar-es-Salaam, German East Africa (1914) [1600x1569]

WW1, 1916; Portuguese soldiers machine gun post, German East Africa.

WW1, 1916; Portuguese soldiers machine gun post, German East Africa.

Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck (1870-1964), Master of Guerrilla Tactics  Paul Emil von Lettow-Vorbeck (20 March 1870 – 9 March 1964) was a general in the Imperial German Army and the commander of the German East Africa campaign. For four years, with a force that never exceeded about 14,000 (3,000 Germans and 11,000 Africans), he held in check a much larger force of 300,000 British, Belgian, and Portuguese troops. Essentially undefeated in the field.

Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck (1870-1964), Master of Guerrilla Tactics Paul Emil von Lettow-Vorbeck (20 March 1870 – 9 March 1964) was a general in the Imperial German Army and the commander of the German East Africa campaign. For four years, with a force that never exceeded about 14,000 (3,000 Germans and 11,000 Africans), he held in check a much larger force of 300,000 British, Belgian, and Portuguese troops. Essentially undefeated in the field.

Dispatch Riders in German East Africa.1910s

Dispatch Riders in German East Africa.1910s

German East Africa - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

German East Africa - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

German East Africa 100 Rupien, papiergeld Deutsch-Ostafrikanische Bank, 1905. German East African banknotes, German East African paper money, German East African bank notes, German East Africa banknotes, German East Africa paper money, German East Africa bank notes German banknotes, German mark banknotes, Deutsche Mark.  Obverse: Portrait of German Emperor Wilhelm II wearing the Garde du Corps helmet with parade eagle.

German East Africa 100 Rupien, papiergeld Deutsch-Ostafrikanische Bank, 1905. German East African banknotes, German East African paper money, German East African bank notes, German East Africa banknotes, German East Africa paper money, German East Africa bank notes German banknotes, German mark banknotes, Deutsche Mark. Obverse: Portrait of German Emperor Wilhelm II wearing the Garde du Corps helmet with parade eagle.

GERMAN EAST AFRICA SCHUTZTRUPPE 1914-1919: Soldat, home uniform with overcoat, 1914 - pin by Paolo Marzioli

GERMAN EAST AFRICA SCHUTZTRUPPE 1914-1919: Soldat, home uniform with overcoat, 1914 - pin by Paolo Marzioli

4.1 in light cruiser SMS Konigsberg trapped in the Rufiji delta in what is now Tanzania, 1915.  After several British attempts to destroy her, shallow bottom monitors finally succeeded late that year.  Her guns were salvaged by her crew, which fought on with German East African forces in one of the least known campaigns of the war.

4.1 in light cruiser SMS Konigsberg trapped in the Rufiji delta in what is now Tanzania, 1915. After several British attempts to destroy her, shallow bottom monitors finally succeeded late that year. Her guns were salvaged by her crew, which fought on with German East African forces in one of the least known campaigns of the war.

German East Africa, German East Africa: German Colony gold 15 Rupien 1916

German East Africa, German East Africa: German Colony gold 15 Rupien 1916

German East Africa 1888 Note Dar-es-Salaam, the Capital, south of Zanzibar The Capital of German East Africa was Dar-es-Salaam, and the population was 7,600,000 in 1913.  Germany, of course, lost it's colonies after WWI; with German East Africa divided between Belgium (Ruanda and Urundi), Portugal (Kionga triangle), and the British (Tanganyika).

German East Africa 1888 Note Dar-es-Salaam, the Capital, south of Zanzibar The Capital of German East Africa was Dar-es-Salaam, and the population was 7,600,000 in 1913. Germany, of course, lost it's colonies after WWI; with German East Africa divided between Belgium (Ruanda and Urundi), Portugal (Kionga triangle), and the British (Tanganyika).

German Colonial Uniforms - Schutztruppe Askaris in German East Africa 1914-18

German Colonial Uniforms - Schutztruppe Askaris in German East Africa 1914-18

German map of Zanzibar and German East Africa (Tanzania) c. 1890, with Mount Kilimanjaro #zanzibar #map #tanzania

German map of Zanzibar and German East Africa (Tanzania) c. 1890, with Mount Kilimanjaro #zanzibar #map #tanzania