This snapshot style photograph came out of an early 20th Century photo album that belonged to an unidentified woman and commemorated a
round the world tour she had embarked on. The photograph appears to have been commercially purchased - it bears a stock number on the
reverse side - and was misidentified by the woman as being of a German soldier from the Kaiser's Pacific colony of Samoa. Her original
album label is show here with the photograph. There is little doubt that the image actually shows a mounted member of the  for German
Southwest Africa. Besides this troopers distinctive uniform the acacia tree and desert terrain in the background would seem to confirm the
locality. Additionally no members of the
Schutztruppen served in Samoa, the island being garrisoned by native troops and a few German
officers and NCOs.

Snapshot Style Photograph
Unknown - Photographer
German Southwest Africa
c. 1905