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

An illustration depicting African Askari colonial troops under inspection by German officers of the East Africa colony.

An illustration depicting African Askari colonial troops under inspection by German officers of the East Africa colony.

Troops known as 'Askaris' occupying a trench near Kilimanjaro, fighting as part of the Schutztruppe in Tanzania, German East Africa, 1914-18 (b/w photo)    Image ID: SZP 355502 - Kilimanjaro: The Lost History  http://africanencounters.blogspot.com/

Troops known as 'Askaris' occupying a trench near Kilimanjaro, fighting as part of the Schutztruppe in Tanzania, German East Africa, 1914-18 (b/w photo) Image ID: SZP 355502 - Kilimanjaro: The Lost History http://africanencounters.blogspot.com/

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.

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

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

Four Askari colonial soldiers in service to the German Empire pose for a photograph while stationed in the Empire's East Africa colony during the Great War.

Four Askari colonial soldiers in service to the German Empire pose for a photograph while stationed in the Empire's East Africa colony during the Great War.

Dispatch Riders in German East Africa.1910s

Dispatch Riders in German East Africa.1910s

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