22-00 SOUTHWEST AFRICA – FIGURENE – CAMEL REITER
The Camel Korps was founded in German Southwest Afrika. The German troops were part of the Schutztruppe in Africa. This consisted of men based in Southwest and East Africa as well as a smaller contingent in Kamerun. Other German colonies had their own protection forces. The largest contingents outside of Africa were in Kiautschou and Tsingtao were the III See-Bataillone and the East China Squadron of the Kaiserliche Marine were located.
This was a cavalry unit but rode camels that were imported rather than horses! There were twelve companies of mounted troops in Southwest Africa. The 7th Compagnie was the Kamel Korps. These troops used the modern Mauser K98 carbines which were especially adapted for use by the Camel Korps. They even had a stud farm to produce camels for their use.
Scarce lead figure of a camel rider. It is very sturdy and has the substantial weight of a metal figure. The figure is hand painted in vibrant colors. The rider has a number of accouterments attached to his saddle. He has the reins in one hand. Slung over his back is his Mauser G98. Also the turned up right brim of his hat (hut) is also seen.
This is a most interesting artifact of the Camel corps. It is in fine condition and will add an interesting piece of history to add to your collection.