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WWI Schutztruppe -German Colonial Protection Force
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WWI Schutztruppe -German Colonial Protection Force (44 unpainted soft plastic figures) HaT Industries | HAT8270 $11.00

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The little-known campaign for control of East Africa has been sporadically covered in the movies and fiction. Such titles as The African Queen and Shout at the Devil bring to mind the British and German forces, composed mostly of European officers and African troops.

Schutztruppe (English: Protection force) was the African colonial armed force of Imperial Germany from the late 19th century to 1918, when Germany lost its colonies. Similar to other colonial forces, the Schutztruppe consisted of volunteer European commissioned and non-commissioned officers, medical and veterinary officers. Most enlisted ranks were generally recruited locally. In German East Africa they became famous as Askari. Police forces also were established in the colonies. Control of the German colonies of New Guinea (including the Bismarck Archipelago and North Pacific islands) and in German Samoa was performed by small local police detachments. Kiautschou in China was under naval administration.

The colonial force for German East Africa was established by an act of the Reichstag on 22 March 1891; the colonial forces for German West Africa and German Southwest Africa on 9 June 1895. Schutztruppe formations were organizationally never a part of the army or navy. In 1896 Schutztruppe headquarters was established and located at Berlin’s Mauerstrasse, in proximity to the German Colonial Office. German military law and discipline applied to the Schutztruppe.

In 1914 there were three Schutztruppe commands, one in each of the German colonial regions in East, West, and Southwest Africa. - Wikipedia


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