Camel Corps Band, German Schutztruppe, Tropical Uniform, South West Africa, WWI

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Camel Corps Band, German Schutztruppe, Tropical Uniform, South West Africa, WWI

The colony of German South West Africa (modern Namibia) was founded in 1883 by Adolf Lüderitz and was recognized as a German Protectorate in 1884. After Germany's defeat in the First World War, the Treaty of Versailles in 1919 stripped Germany of all her colonies and overseas possessions. German South West Africa was awarded to the Dominion of South Africa.

The German colonies were unprepared for a war against their neighbouring colonies. The general way of thinking was that the war would be won or lost in Europe and that any colonies lost would be instantly re-gained after a German victory on the Western Front. The only strategic aims of the colonies in the event of a war was to try to protect their radio transmitters for the benefit of the Imperial navy and to possibly draw away enemy troops and resources from the European theatre of war.

Once peace was restored most of these troops returned home. The 1914 peacetime strength of the South West African Schutztruppe was approximately 90 German Officers with 1,800 German other ranks formed into 9 mounted infantry companies ("Feldkompagnien"), the 7th of which was camel mounted and 3 artillery batteries.