Oberstleutnant Paul Feodor Baumstark (1869 - 1936)

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Paul Feodor Baumstark, born 12 August 1869 in Waldshut, joined the Imperial Schutztruppen (Protection Force) in German East Africa in 1897. At the time, German East Africa included what is present-day Tanzania (excluding Zanzibar), Burundi and Rwanda. Baumstark was promoted to the rank of senior lieutenant in 1900 and served as the chief of the military post in Schirati between 1901 and 1904. It is reported that under Baumstark’s watch, a punitive expedition against the Massai was prosecuted in 1901 as well as a campaign against the Wassanaki in the Schirati hinterlands in 1903. From May 1905 onwards, Baumstark was active in Mwanya, Dar es Salaam and Tanga in the service of the Imperial Schutztruppe. In 1916, he was injured and taken prisoner of war by British troops. Following the First World War, Germany was stripped of its colonies by the victorious allied powers, who subsequently subdivided them amongst themselves. Baumstark lived in Freiburg later on, where he died on 27 May 1936.

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