WWI SchutztruppeManufacture Product Number : HTI-8270
Schutztruppe, or 'Protective Force', was the German force established to 'protect' their African colonies, German West Africa (GWA - modern Togo and Cameroon), German South-West Africa (GSWA - modern Namibia) and German East Africa (GEA - modern Tanzania), although this mainly entailed protecting them from their own inhabitants when they rebelled. Established from the late 1880s, like all imperial powers they used mostly natives as fighting men, and Germans as officers and NCOs, although in GSWA the force was entirely European. Prior to 1914 these forces faced numerous rebellions from within the colonies, but with the start of the European war the troops were effectively surrounded by colonies owned by the Entente powers - Britain, France, Belgium and Portugal - all of whom wanted to eliminate the German possessions, in part so they might gain them for themselves. All the colonies duly fell, but in GEA a small colonial army under the inspired leadership of Paul Emil von Lettow-Vorbeck (1870-1964) avoided capture or destruction, skilfully occupying troops that could otherwise have been sent to some other theatre of war.
Type = Toy Soldiers and Miniatures
Period = World War 1
Scale = 1/72 Scale (22mm or 1 inch)
Material = Plastic
Finish = Unpainted
Date of Release = 2015-09-23
Status = Available
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