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Rotundo10 Dec 2017 5:08 p.m. PST

I am attempting to find out what color the artillery was in Von Wissmann's column. The compliment was, 12) 47mm, 2)37mm, 2)60mm mountain guns. One maxim on cavalry mount. No mention of color. Any help will be appreciated, and perhaps rewarded with libation.

FoxtrotPapaRomeo10 Dec 2017 10:28 p.m. PST


Have you seen link

There are pages on
- German East Africa,
- Von Wissman's German officer and NCO uniforms,
- Von Wissman's Askari uniforms,
- Colonial Artillery (some are in colour). Gives you some idea of the possible colour schemes.

link discussion says possibly the 37mm and 47mm guns were 1 pounder and 3 pounder naval pom poms, so maybe barrel and wheels black and light grey-blue for the rest.

Have a great day, FPR

jurgenation Supporting Member of TMP10 Dec 2017 10:42 p.m. PST

Also check out German Colonial Uniforms,,,website…another great site.

Rotundo11 Dec 2017 7:54 p.m. PST

Well done Fox, I had the uniforms figured out but the guns….all black and white. One report I have from a buddy's book is Prussian blue carriage with grey gun. Black wheels.

FoxtrotPapaRomeo13 Dec 2017 7:53 p.m. PST

Rotundo, some more info

Book: Armies of the Nineteenth Century: Africa
1. East Africa
Author: Chris Peers
Publisher: Foundry Books (2003).

Pages 172-181 deal (sparsely) with German East Africa. On p 178, he says

1. 37mm gun was the obsolescent 37mm Hotchkiss 5-barrel revolver cannon (Schnellfeuergeschutz). Had been used by Navy and later extended to fortresses but was cheap as it was being discarded. Normally tripod mounted but probably on some carriage for East Africa. Apparently not used past 1890. More info

2. There is no evidence of a 47mm gun being manufactured and that it is likely an error and the authors meant 37mm.

marco56 Supporting Member of TMP25 Dec 2017 10:06 a.m. PST

Great link FoxtrotPapaRomero.

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