Imperial German Colonial and Overseas Troops 1885–1918

Imperial German Colonial and Overseas Troops 1885–1918

Men-at-Arms 490
  • Author: Alejandro de Quesada, Chris Dale
  • Illustrator: Stephen Walsh
  • Short code: MAA 490
  • Publication Date: 20 Aug 2013
  • Number of Pages: 48
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Germany's 30-year colonial episode in Africa, the Pacific, and her enclave in China is a relatively unexplored aspect of the country's history. Under the young Kaiser Wilhelm II, rivalry with the old colonial powers saw the protectorates, originally established by trading companies, transformed into crown colonies garrisoned by the newly raised Schutztruppe, with support from the Imperial Navy's Seebataillone. This book explains the organization and the operations in these colonies, including an account of the Herero campaign in Southwest Africa. Illustrated with rare photos, and with color plates detailing the uniforms of German and native troops alike, this is an authoritive description of the garrisons manning the German colonies.

Biographical Note

Alejandro de Quesada is a Florida-based military history writer, an experienced researcher, and collector of militaria, photos, and documents. He runs an archive and historical consultancy for museums and films as a secondary business. Alejandro has written over 100 articles and over 25 books, including several for Osprey.Stephen Walsh studied Art at the North East Wales Institute and has worked as a professional illustrator since 1988. Since then he has illustrated a variety of books and games including the Settlers of Catan. His projects for Osprey include such diverse subjects as the battle of Otterburn, the Chinese army from 1937 to 1949 and the US Home Front in World War II. He is married with two children and lives in Macclesfield.


Historical introduction
Organization, uniforms, equipment and weapons of: Schutztruppe (Cameroons, German East Africa, German South-West Africa) - Colonial officials and staff - Colonial police forces
Native troops in German colonies (Africa, China, New Guinea, Samoa) - the East Asia Regiments
the Imperial German Marines
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