Photographs from Namibia (formerly German South West Africa) 1990


These photographs were taken by Greg Gerardi on a trip to Namibia in 1990. They show various remains of the German period such as  field guns, memorials, battlefields and forts. The forts and battlefields are of course still there now, but the field gun and some museum displays have since been removed by the Namibian government. See also the page on the Swakopmund Museum.

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The memorial in Windhoek to Curt von Francois who was the founder and first commander of the Schutztruppe for South West Africa. He also founded the town of Windhoek and was responsible for building the Alte Feste.   The memorial outside the Alte Feste in Windhoek to the fallen Germans in the Herero and Hottentot rebellions. The statue is of a mounted Schutztruppe Reiter wearing the traditional Südwester hat.


The plaque on the memorial in Windhoek. It lists the deaths of 100 officers, 254 NCOs and 1,180 other ranks from the Schutztruppe; 7 officers, 13 NCOs and 72 sailors from the imperial German navy and 119 men, 4 women and one child among the German civilian casualties between 1903 and 1908. No mention is made of native losses which were in the tens of thousands.


The "Alte Feste" (Old Fort), the former Schutztruppe headquarters and fort in Windhoek built by Curt von Francois in the 1880's.


A painting of a Schutztruppe Reiter by Carl Becker in the Alte Feste. Carl Becker painted many scenes of the Schutztruppe in South West Africa. Most have appeared in various books but this one has not been seen in print before.

  A mural in the Alte Feste based on paintings by Carl Becker showing Victor Franke's forced march to relieve Windhoek and Okahandja for which he was awarded the Pour le Mérite.


A German mountain gun on display in front of the Namibian Parliament building, the "Tintenpalast" in Windhoek.   Another view of the mountain gun from Windhoek. The breech markings showed it have been made at the Spandau armaments factory in Berlin.


The Marine Denkmal (naval memorial) in Swakopmund commemorating the fallen naval personnel in the Herero and Hottentot rebellions. The figure shown is that of a Seesoldat from the I. or II. Seebataillone that were sent to reinforce the Schutztruppe.

  Another view of the Seesoldat on top of the Marine Denkmal.


A figure lower down on the Marine Denkmal memorial showing a fallen sailor.   The former Schutztruppe hospital in Swakopmund now a hotel.


The Schutztruppe barracks in Swakopmund, now a public school.


Another view of the former Schutztruppe barracks in Swakopmund.


The ruins of the Aus POW camp for the interned Germans in WWI.  The camp was made by the prisoners themselves from mud brick.   Another view of the Aus POW camp ruins.


The memorial at the Aus POW camp. This monument has since been tragically vandalised (see link here).   Wild horses grazing at Aus. These horses are not native to Namibia and are in fact descendants of the Schutztruppe's mounts.


The battlefield at Waterberg where the Hereros were defeated in August 1904, seen from the plateau looking down.   Waterberg looking up at the plateau.


The memorial to the Schutztruppe at Waterberg.   The ruins of the police barracks at Waterberg that were burned down in the opening days of the Herero uprising in 1904.


Fort Namutoni in Etosha that was attacked by about 500 Ovambos on the 28th January 1904 at the outbreak of the Herero War and defended by only seven Schutztruppen. The original fort was destroyed, this is a newer reconstruction and is now a hotel.    The plaque at Fort Namutoni with the names of the seven Schutztruppe defenders.


The battlefield at Naukluft where Theodor Leutwein fought against the Witboois in 1894.   Greg Gerardi trekking through the rough terrain at Naukluft.

 All photographs on this page taken by Greg Gerardi © 1990/2005

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