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  • Taschenbuch: 48 Seiten
  • Verlag: Osprey Publishing (20. August 2013)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1780961642
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780961644
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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.

Chris Dale is a professional musician and musical technician. He has had a lifelong interest in military history, and in his spare time researches the German colonies and their armed forces for his websitewww.GermanColonialUniforms.co.uk.


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Dies ist Band 490 in der Serie Men-at-Arms des renommierten englischen Militärverlages Osprey Publishing. Auf 48 Seiten erfährt man die wichtigsten Ereignisse in der kurzen Geschichte deutscher Kolonialpolitik, von kleinen Scharmützeln (Adibo 1896, Nama Rebellion 1893/94, Maji Maji Rebellion1905-07) über den Boxer-Feldzug (1900/1901) bis zum großen Herero-Aufstand 1907. Dann folgt man der kleinen deutschen Schutztruppe in den Ersten Weltkrieg, insbesondere nach Kamerun, Deutsch-Südwest und Deutsch-Ostafrika (wo sich die "Askaris" unter dem legendären Lettow-Vorbeck ganz ausgezeichnet schlugen).

Nur sehr kurze Zeit tummelte sich auch das deutsche Kaiserreich unter den vielen Kolonialmächten, um sich "einen Platz an der Sonne" zu sichern. Nach der katastrophalen Niederlage im Ersten Weltkrieg mussten alle Gebiete abgetreten werden. Hier wird diese Zeit noch einmal lebendig, in raren Fotografien (u.a. Schutztruppenoffizier auf Kamel) und schön gestalteten Bildtafeln kann man tief in die Vergangenheit eintauchen und erfährt dabei noch manches wissenswerte Detail. Wie immer in leicht zu lesendem Englisch und wie immer eine Empfehlung von mir.
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A very good look at German colonial troops 26. August 2013
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In less than 50 pages the various Osprey monographs are not meant to be the last word on a subject but something to give a rough overview, a few details and maybe whet your appetite for deeper research. In this line de Quesada has admirably fulfilled his role.

In a very few pages he explains the various colonial forces in the various colonies and just when you're afraid he is going to be reduced to 50 pages of number crunching he gives a very good, short sharp example of the colonial wars they fought. Most notably General Lothar von Trotha a man so brutal in his handling of native uprisings that even in the Victorian age he was recalled for excessive cruelty.

Having set the stage by explaining how the colonial troops were set up he closes with a brief report on how each German colony fell during the first world war, with a reference to more detailed works for those Germans who kept fighting. There is a little `hero' worship in this section- he reports how the commanding office in Togo inflicted casualties on the British in "successful delaying actions' but within 3 days he'd lost 60% of his men. Which hardly sounds so successful, but this is a minor quibble.

I do have a few problems with this work though. The artwork looks grimy, dirty, as if it was viewed through a dirty lens. They are not pleasant to look at and the griminess probably obscures some details. Secondly there is not a single map anywhere in the book. de Quesada relies on the readers knowledge of Africa when describing where places were. One less picture of a posturing Teutonic replaced with a map of Africa would have done wonders for that part of the book.

In the end this is a very good introduction into the world of the German colonial forces at the end of the Victorian /Edwardian era. Rather than being lost in the minutia of how colonies differed de Quesada fixed on how they were the same, creating a very good work for people interested in the period.
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The forgotten German empire... 24. August 2013
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Imperial Germany's short-lived overseas empire in African, Asia, and the Pacific is largely forgotten now, a casualty of the First World War. Imperial Germany was late to the business of colonizing; it was left with the parts not already taken by other European powers. The job of holding and policing these dominions fell to German colonial and overseas troops, an interesting combination of armed police, local levies, and German sailors and marines.

"Imperial German Colonial and Overseas Troops 1885-1918" is an Osprey Men-at-Arms Series entry, authored by Alejandro de Quesada and illustrated by Stephen Walsh. In its brief content (less than 50 pages), the author summarizes Imperial Germany's actions in West and east Africa, China, and the Pacific Islands to establish and maintain control over native populations, using small police units augmented by troops from Germany. In some case, pacifying the local tribes took extended campaigns. The color plates and photographs describing the various units and uniforms are first rate. There is a nice tribute near the end of the book to General von Lettow-Vorbeck's legendary campaign of resistance during the First World War in East Africa; his colonial troops held out against the Allies until 1918. Astonishingly, there isn't a single map in this book.

"Imperial German Colonial and Overseas Troops 1885-1918" is a nice introduction to the subject; recommended.
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IMPERIAL GERMAN COLONIAL AND OVERSEAS TROOPS, 1885-1918 26. August 2013
Von Robert A. Lynn - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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IMPERIAL GERMAN COLONIAL AND OVERSEAS TROOPS, 1885-1918
ALEJANDRO DE QUESADA
OSPREY PUBLICATIONS, 2013
QUALITY SOFTCOVER, $17.95, 48 PAGES, PHOTOGRAPHS, BIBLIOGRAPHY, ILLUSTRATIONS, INDEX

The Imperial German colonial and overseas forces were formed in 1885, with personnel from the army or marines, or volunteers from colonial settlers; styled Schutztruppen, units were composed of German officers with "other ranks" partly German (including NCOs) and mostly natives, organized in independent companies of three platoons each, with their own transport. Companies were styled either as Feldkompagnie (FK) or Schutzkompagnie (Sch K); at the outbreak of the war in July, 1914 in East Africa, for example, there were fourteen companies comprising an estimated 260 Germans and 2,500 natives, numbers enlarged greatly by recruitment at the start of the war.

Their uniform was of a similar cut to that of the German Army in Europe, but in "sand grey", a khaki-yellow drill (which remained in use for some time even though field-grey was ordered in 1913), with Swedish cuffs, ordinary German arm-of-service piping, and facing-colors of cornflower blue for Soutwest Africa, poppy red for Togoland and Cameroon, and white for East Africa. Head dress was a low, grey felt hat adged with the colony color, with a national cockade on the upturned right brim; natives wore a fez of the uniform color; equipment was generally as used in Europe.

Weaponry was rather outdated; in East Africa, for example, eight companies were armed with 1871-pattern rifles using black powder propellant, far more conspicuous than the usual smokeless cartridges; but these defects were remedied in part by British equipment captured at Tanga. Each company had from two to four machine guns, which considerably outgunned the British in the early stages of the war. In addition to the combatants, as with all the colonial forces operating in Africa, each company required an estimated 250 native porters to carry equipment.

IMPERIAL GERMAN COLONIAL AND OVERSEAS TROOPS, 1885-1918 explains the organization and the operations in these colonies and finally sheds light on this much overlooked subject. Complimenting this book, are excellant illustrations with a number of quality-era photographs. The only things lacking are maps to show the extent of Imperial Germany's colonial possessions and charts or tables showing the table of organization of native and German units. Also, the following corrections are made to the information on the following pages:

*Page 20-In 1899, Venezuela became the latest Latin American debtor to halt payments. A series of Venezuelan civil wars ended that year, bringing peace in the form of strongman Cipriano Castro but leaving the national economy a wreck. With no income, Castro halted payments on all foreign debts. Germany was by far the largest loser: the debt on the Great Venezuela Railway, constructed by the German firm of Krupp, alone stood at 60 million Deutschmarks! When U.S. attempts at arbitration failed, Germany, Britain, and Italy proposed a joint naval blockade of the Venezuelan coast. Castro apparently thought the U.S. would prevent the blockade on the grounds it violated the Monroe Doctrine. However, President Theodore Roosevelt considered the Doctrine limited to preventing European occupation of land in the Americas. Since the blockade didn't amount to an occupation, and the basis of the grievance appeared valid, Roosevelt chose not to intervene. This position later would be expanded into the Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine, under which the United States retained the privilege of intervening in conflict between Latin American states and non-hemispheric powers, itself pressing outside claims if it saw fit. The blockade commenced in December, 1902; Britain and Italy wanted their money, while Wilhelm and Tirpitz hoped for Venezuelan refusal, which would give them the excuse to seize a new colony. Despite the lack of U.S. assistance, Castro wouldn't back down. Suspicious about German intentions, Roosevelt made clear his intention of enforcing the Monroe Doctrine should the Germans land in Venezuela. In addition to strong language from the State Department, Roosevelt kept Admiral George Dewey's fleet, already in maneuvers off Puerto Rico, in the Caribbean. With only four ships off Venezuela, and those kept there only with a massive logistical effort, Wilhelm dared not proceed (if he ever really planned to). Within a month, Castro agreed to arbitration at The Hague and the crisis evaporated.

*Pages 20 to 22-The Marianas remained a Spanish colony under the general government of the Philippines until 1898, when, as a result of the Spanish-American War, Spain ceded Guam to the United States. Guam has retained a different political character from the remaining islands since that time. In the treaty of 12 February 1899, the remaining islands of the Mariana Archipelago (except Guam) were sold by Spain to Germany for 837,500 German gold marks (about $4,100,000 at the time). Along with 6,000 islands in other island groups, such as the Carolines and Pelew Islands, all formerly under Spanish control but now indefensible by Spain; these islands were now incorporated as a small part of the larger German Protectorate of New Guinea. The total population in the Northern Marianas portion of these islands around this time frame consisted of only 2,646 inhabitants; with the ten most northerly islands being actively volcanic, and almost uninhabited.

*Page 22-In 1899, a Chinese company, with German officers and NCOs was attached to the III. See-Bataillon. Around 1908, it became a Gendarmerie unit. It wasn't merged with any other unit and it wasn't formed in 1909.

*Page 33-The first German naval infantry weren't organized at Stettin on 13 May 1852 but during the Electorate of Brandenburg which was to become the Kingdom of Prussia, in 1700, the Prince Elector Friedrich Wilhelm, called the Great Elector, ruling from 1640 to 1688, established a navy and an African (Chartered) Company based originally in Pillau in Eastern Prussia. Later, the Company moved to the North Sea-to Emden in East Frisia, acquired factories on the African coast, and raised a first permanent battalion of marine infantry of 4 companies, in 1684. This marine-bataillon was reduced to 2 companies, in 1692, though. This battalion was disbanded during the Seven Years' War when the French occupied Emden. In the early 19th Century, when Prussia started to raise a new navy, it was a copy of the British Royal Navy. A number of their first commissioned naval officers received their initial training as midshipmen and ensigns in the U.S. Navy, due to an exchange program. In August, 1848, the Koniglich PreuBische Marine (Royal Prussian Navy) raised a Marine-Korps of 2 companies based at Stettin on the Oder River. They incorporated a strange branch of the Garde-Pionier-Batallion (Guards Engineer Battalion), formed in 1816, operating royal yachts on the Havel River downstream of Berlin. In January, 1850, the Marine-Korps and the navy were divided into the Matrosen-Korps of volunteer professional sailors and the Marinier-Korps of drafted infantry soldiers. On 15 May 1852, the Marinier-Korps was re-named See-Bataillon (Sea Battalion) with the privates being called See-Soldaten (Sea Soldiers). Otherwise the same ranks and designations as in the Prussian Army were used. The battalion moved to Swinemunde, further downstream on the Baltic ooast. In 1853, a third company was raised and in 1854, the staff and one company moved to Danzig while the other company moved to Stralsund. In 1855, the entire battalion concentrated at Danzig.

*Page 33-A clarification is needed. The See-Bataillon, however, didn't have a closed officer corps like the rest of the Imperial German Navy. In peacetime, they wouldn't have active officer aspirants. Active (that is "career) infantry officers of the Prussian Army, who had an excellant evaluation and at least 5 years service as officers, could volunteer to serve for a certain period of time in the marines, and be promoted into or out of the marines, according to vacancies. They would be transfered between different infantry regiments or battalions of the German Army. Also, officers of the other three German armies might temporarily serve in the Imperial See-Bataillon Reserve, however they usually stayed in the Marine-Korps.

*Page 33-The battalion was supported by a Maschincukanonen-Abteilung or Machine Cannon Detachment. It was raised by the 11. Matrosen-Division (Sailor Division) and a Sanitats-Kolonne (Medical Column), raised by the 11. Werft-Division (Shipyard Division).

*Page 33-Tsingtau was founded as Kiautschou and was re-named on 12 October 1899. Also, the four companies formed to create the III. See-Bataillon in July, 1898 not November, 1897. This unit arrived in 1899 not 26 January 1898.

*Page 33-Two companies from I. See-Bataillon and two companies from the II. See-Bataillon (a combined battalion) were sent to German Southwest Africa and landed in January, 1904 to March, 1905 where they were supported by a Maschinenkanonen-Abteilung (Machine Cannon Detachment) which was raised by the II. Matrosen-Division (Sailor Division), and a Sanitats-Kolonne (Medical Column), raised by the II. Werft-Division (Shipyard Division).

*Page 34-From August, 1905 to March, 1906, the two companies shipped to German East Africa were supported by landing detachments from the gunboats "Thetis", "Bussard", and "Seeadler" supporting the Schutztruppe (Protection Force).

*Page 38-The peacetime garrison of Tsingtao was 2,118 while the garrison defending it in September, 1914 from the Japanese had an estimated strength of 4,444 men not 3,625 men. Also, the British and Sikhs contingent (an estimated 1,500 men) that were attached to the Japanese Army; were immediately disarmed by them after the capture of Tsingtao and confined to their barracks to keep them from looting.

Even though they were late in the colonial expansion game, Imperial Germany was able to carve themselves out an empire that stretched from parts of Africa to China and the South Pacific garrisoned by the newly raised Schutztruppe with support of the Imperial German Navy's See-Bataillon. With the upcoming 100th Anniversary of World War I in July, 2014, this book is an excellant primer for a better understanding of Imperial Germany's quest for colonial possessions and respectability among the other leading European powers.

Lt. Colonel Robert A. Lynn, Florida Guard
Orlando, Florida
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Fine Intorudction to the the Topic 19. Oktober 2013
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There is nothing to fault with the text which covers a significant era in colonial expansion and is an excellent introduction to the role played by the Germans. The campaigns are adequately summarized, and the only fault with the book is that there is not a single map. It is doubtful most readers will be knowledgeable in the location of places mentioned in German Togo, Cameron, Southwest Africa and East Africa and some of the non-African locations. Since Osprey's editors overlooked a need for a decent map with blowups of the areas concerned, the reader should equip himself with one before reading through the text.
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Good overview 23. Oktober 2013
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There are more comprehensive books about German colonial uniforms and troops out there but they are hard to find and prohibitively expensive. I am glad to have this addition to my WWI collection as I have a special interest in the colonial campaigns. As usual the illustrations in these osprey titles bring these minor theatres of WWI and the colonial wars to life. I wish the history which explains the campaigns were a little more detailed, but I understand the space constraints for this type of book.
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