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    Lothar von Trotha: German East Africa Military (Schutztruppe) Engraved Presentation Silver Cigarette Case, 1900. 3.75" x 2.25". The ribbed silver case is stamped on the inside lid with the German crescent and crown silver mark and "800". The lid has an applied East African Schutztruppe Südwester, the iconic hat used by German East African officers. The case is hand-engraved on the inside lid, "Cramer s/l [to his dear friend] v. Trotha" and "Muanza 1900". General Lothar von Trotha was a professional Prussian military officer who, in 1894, commanded the Colonial Force, the Schutztruppe, in German East Africa and successfully suppressed native uprisings in the German colony. In 1900, he was temporarily posted to Imperial China as German Brigade Commander of the East Asian Expedition Corps during the Boxer Rebellion. In 1904 von Trotha was appointed Commander in Chief of German South West Africa and directed to crush the native Herero Rebellion. He did so reducing the Herero population from 80,000 to 15,000. Muanza, on the banks of Lake Victoria, was a major military center in German East Africa. Gilt interior. Very fine.

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