German Diplomatic Passport Africa
Here, a fascinating huge German Empire passport was issued to Nobleman Baron Schrenck von Notzing (German East Africa Schutztruppen / Protection Forces) issued by the Reich Chancellery on special order of King Wilhelm II.
A beautiful example of a travel document for German East Africa, which is not often to spot. I have a similar document in my collection, also issued to a member of the Schutztruppen in 1895. German Diplomatic Passport Africa
ALBERT PHILIBERT FRANZ DR. MED. VON SCHRENCK VON NOTZING was a Lieutenant and company commander in the German Imperial East African Army. Since December 10th, 1891, in the Schutztruppe (Leutnant PL), he resigned August 24th, 1896, back in DOA from July 30th, 1905. He served in the Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr. 34 until 10th. December 1891 until 24th. August 1896, took part in the battle of Moschi/ Kilimandjaro (12th. August 1893). He served in the 4th company of the imperial Schutztruppe for German-East Africa. In 1913 he was living in Leipzig as a Dr. med. He disappears after 1896- presumably, he left the army and went to medical school. He was born 04.07.1860 in Oldenburg.
Schutztruppe (literally “protection force”) was the official name of the colonial troops in the African territories of the German colonial empire from the late 19th century to 1918. Like other colonial armies, the Schutztruppe consisted of volunteer European commissioned and non-commissioned medical and veterinary officers. Most enlisted ranks were generally recruited locally. German Diplomatic Passport Africa
Military contingents were formed in German East Africa, where they became famous as Askari, in the Kamerun colony of German West Africa, and German South-West Africa. Small local police detachments performed control of the German colonies of New Guinea, Samoa, and Togoland. Kiautschou in China under the Imperial Navy administration was a notable exception. As part of the East Asian Station, the navy garrisoned at Tsingtao, the marines of the 3rd Sea Battalion, the only all-German unit with permanent status in an overseas protectorate. German Diplomatic Passport Africa