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Wissmanntruppe in East Africa
German multiracial colonial army, the so-called "Schutztruppe"
|Wissmann realised that European troops not used to the conditions of tropical Africa would suffer multiple health problems and certainly could not endure long campaign marches. Sudanese soldiers were highly regarded at that time as mercenary troops and so he travelled to Egypt to find recruits for his new army. With the help of Egyptian and British authorities he soon succeeeded in hiring 600 Sudanese soldiers that had been released by the Egyptian army. A recruitment camp was established near Aden.|
|Truppe des Reichskommissariats 1889-1891||
At the start of the campaign, the real Schutztruppe consisted of the following troops:
III. Native troops
IV. Navale troops
|The recruits were shipped together with their families to Dar-es-Salaam and Bagamoyo and became the core of the German multiracial colonial army in East Africa, the so-called "Schutztruppe". Initially the army was to be be called "Polizei-Truppe in Ostafrika", then "Deutschafrikanische Schutztruppe". Widely used was also the term "Wissmanntruppe" in the early years of the colony. (from "Arab Uprising in German East Africa 1888-90" by Holger Doebold)|
|That was the plan...|
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|Hermann von Wissmann|
|German Staff||German East Africa Co. Askaris|
|German Marines||Locale Askaris|