This section of The Great Game is reserved for period images of nations which are not generally thought of as part of the race for empire but are included here simply because of their interesting qualities.
All date from the late 1800s to the early 1900s.
Images of Britain's Imperial Rivals
United States of America
Private
1st Regiment
Pennsylvania
National Guard
c. 1890
Iowa Artilleryman
armed with Colt
Dragoon Revolver
c. 1865
Cavalry Officer
United States
Volunteers
1898
1st Sergeant
Vermont Infantry
Regiment
c. 1865
Sous Lieutenant de la Salle

Carte de Visite

Unknown
Photographer
c. 1860's
Unidentified
United States Cavalry
Trooper and Mount
c. 1898 - 1900
Private
5th Massachusetts
Infantry Regiment
c. 1900
Two Privates
8th Corps, US Army
Manila,
Philippine Islands
c. 1900
US Cavalryman
Salford, Manchester,
England
c. 1890's
This Carte de Visite is the earliest photographic
representation of a member of the famed Légion Étrangere -
the Foreign Legion - that I have ever come across.
Privates Gabriel Chernecky &
George W. Jones
"M" Company
15th U.S. Infantry Regiment
Tientsin, China
c. 1914
France
Soldat
109th Regiment d'infanterie
Chaumont
c. 1890s
37th Regiment d'infanterie
Paris
c. 1870s
Zouave
3rd Regiment d'Zouaves
Oran
c. 1890s
Tirailleur
4th Regiment  d'Tirailleurs
Tunisia
c. 1880s
Chasseur
22nd Battalion, Chasseurs Alpin
France
c. 1890's
NCO
Tirailleurs Algerien -Turco
c. 1890s
French Colonial Officer
c. 1880
Corporal Paul Montanaro
Troupes de Marine
Peking, China
c.1900s
Chasseur
1st Regiment, Chasseurs d'Afrique
Blidah, Algeria
c. 1890s
Troupes de Marine
Tonkin
French, Indo-China
c. 1900
Aspirant
Troupes de Marine
Lorient, France
c. 1890s
Imperial Germany
German Colonial Soldier
East Africa?
c. 1900s
Trooper Finke
Schutztruppe
German Southwest Africa
1907
Young German Boy
in
Naval Uniform & Tropical Helmet
Constantinople/Cairo
c. 1890
German Private
Ostasiatische

Expeditionskorps
c. 1900
Two Greman Privates
Ostasiatische Infanterie  
China
c. 1900s
Private
Bavarian Infantry
(Landsturm) Regiment
1890s
Mounted Trooper
Schutztruppe
German Southwest Africa
1905
Japan
Turkey
Russia
Italy
Italian Bersaglieri
c. 1880
Russian Officer
c.1880s - 90s
Turkish Cavalryman
c. 1900s
Cabinet  Photograph
Mounted Japanese
Officer
c. 1900-05
Mounted Photograph
Japanese
Artilleryman
c. 1900-05
Stereographs
Stereograph
British, Russian, German, Austrian, Japanese and
Swedish Military Attachés
Santiago de Cuba
1898
Mounted Photograph
Japanese
Infantryman
c. 1900-05
Netherlands
Eerste-Luitenant A.E.N.B. Ötken
Batavia, Dutch East Indies
April 17, 1878
Two United States
Artillerymen
c. 1900
Dutch Eerste-Luitenant
Batavia, Dutch East Indies
c. 1890
Stereograph
American, Russian, German, French, Austrian and
Italian Military Attachés
Cape Town, South Africa
c. 1901
African American Private
"L" Company
6th Massachusetts
Volunteer Infantry
c. 1898
A special thanks to Chris Dale of http://www.germancolonialuniforms.co.uk/ for his assistance in identifying the subjects in some of these Imperial German colonial photographs
German Naval Rating
Outfitted for Shore Duty
c. 1900
Sergeant Markoff: [to a dead legionnaire he props on the wall] "The rest of the bullets you stop won't hurt as much as that first one."
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               from the 1939 production of Beau Geste
Captain Edmund L. Richards
"K" Company
1st Texas Volunteer Infantry
1898
Bandsman A. C. Martin
United States Marine Corps
Hong Kong
c. 1900
Alexander W. Reynolds

United States Army
Confederate States Army
Egyptian Army

Cabinet Photograph
Alexandria, Egypt
c. 1870's
Like so mnay early photographs this image was something of
a mystery and I had listed it simply as an unidentified
American or European Pasha in the Khedival Egyptian Army.

Since then new information provided by Mark Reid identifies
this formidable looking officer as Alexander W. Reynolds
former Brigadier-General in the Confederate States Army.

Alexander W. Reynolds was born in either 1816 or 1817 in
Frederick County, Virginia. He entered the United States
Military Academy at West Point in 1833, and graduated five
years later, standing 35th out of 45 cadets. He was
commissioned a second lieutenant in the 1st U.S. Infantry on
July 1, 1838. Reynolds was promoted to first lieutenant on
June 11, 1839, and was the 1st's Regimental Adjutant from
October 19 to March 1, 1840.

During the Mexican–American War, Reynolds was a captain in
the U.S. Army, serving as the Army's assistant
Quartermaster beginning August 4, 1847. He was at this rank
on March 15, 1848, when he vacated his line commission.
Private Cyrus Adams
B Co.72nd New York
Infantry Regiment
c. 1861
Three U.S. Soldiers
Philippine Islands
c. 1910
Unidentified
United States
Military Cyclist
c. 1898
Private Peter Schiett
Prussian Infantry
c. 1871
Portugal
Portuguese Colonial Soldier
Macau, Portuguese China
1905
Captain Charles Hay
26th U.S. Infantry
Regiment
c. 1880
Italian Infantryman
Tripoli, Libya
c. 1911
U.S. Infantry Corporal
in
Tropical Service Dress
c. 1910
1st Michigan Infantry
Private and Cowboy
c. 1900
Private James P. Watson

"H" Coy.
The Highland Light Infantry

Hamilton Barracks, Scotland
1891
Private James P. Watson

Hospital Corps
United States Army

Camp Angeles, Philippine Islands
1903
Major Letcher Hardeman
6th Missouri Volunteer Infantry
United States Volunteers
Havana, Cuba
1899
U.S. Army Privates
Havana, Cuba
c. 1902
Lt. Graham: [to an artilleryman, just before engaging the French lancers] "Simon? Get the fuse ready. We're about to engage the pride of Europe."
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     from the 1965 production of Major Dundee
U.S. Army Private
Tainan, Formosa
c. 1900
Private Samuel Frances
"B" Troop, 1st US Cavalry
Camp Clark, Texas
c. 1905
Private Emil Paul Vieweg
"B" Troop, 7th US Cavalry
Fort Riley, Kansas
c. 1908
Private Robert Hart
E Troop
1st US Cavalry
c. 1897
Two Troopers
H Troop
1st US Cavalry
c. 1897
Royal Dutch Marine
Legation Guard
Peking, China
c. 1905
Sergeant George E. B. Carls
United States Marine Corps
Manzanillo, Cuba
25 December, 1906
Private Harry Franklin Beyer
15th United States Infantry
Monterey, California
c. 1903
Italian Artilleryman
Bologna, Italy
c. 1890
Private Andrew Rape
5th Service Ordinance Command
Tiram, Borneo
8 January, 1904
Portuguese Naval Officers
2º Tenente  João Maria Rodrigo
Pinheiro de Figueira e Melo
Goa, Portuguese India
17 February, 1902
Unidentified Private
Philippine Scouts
Philippine Islands
c. 1920
Double-Armed
U.S. Infantryman
Philippine Islands
c. 1910
Legation Guard
Troupes de Marine
Peking, China
c. 1905
Officer
Fusiliers Marin
Nomeá, New Caledonia
22 April, 1910
Two Infantrymen
In
Tropical Service Dress
Troy, New York
c. 1905
Sergeant James Holden's Squad
8th U.S. Infantry
Camp Columbia, Cuba
c. 1900
Two Russian Infantrymen
c. 1900
Private Harry T. Carver
"D" Troop
7th United States Cavalry
c. 1899
Schutztruppe
German Southwest Africa
1904
Russian Cossack in Rickshaw
c. 1900
Sapeur
Légion Étrangère

Real Photo Postcard

Unknown Photographer
c. 1900s
Trooper Sal Pelonero
United States Cavalry
Real Photo Postcard
Unknown Photographer
c. 1910
Other Nations of Interest
Subteniente Ernesto Alvarez
Portoviejo, Ecuador
4 December 1916
Ecuador
Mounted Trooper
Schutztruppe
German Southwest Africa
1905
German Naval Rating in
Tropenhelm
c. 1900s
Private Einer C. Opdahl
13th Infantry Regiment
c. 1905
Unidentified Private
Michigan National Guard
c. 1910
Trooper Fritz Vesterling
Schutztruppe
German Southwest Africa
1910
Paymaster
German Southwest Africa
c. 1905
Trooper Martin Talmadge

"B" Troop
7th United States Cavalry

Camp Columbia, Havana, Cuba
c. 1900
Born two days before Christmas, 1880 at Stillwater,
New Jersey (his later military records repeatedly
confusing that city with a like named one in New
York) the son of John Quincy Talmadge and Mary
Ozenbaugh, Martin Talmadge would enlist in the
United States Army at Middletown, New York, on 24
April, 1899 for a tree year term and was assigned to
“B” Troop of the 7th U.S. Cavalry.

“B” Troop, the “Bloody Seventh” and Trooper
Talmadge deployed to Camp Columbia, Havana,
Cuba in 1899
to preform occupation duties just...
Ingorot Constable
Philippine Constabulary
Philippine Islands
c. 1910
Troupes de Marine
in Rickshaw
Tonkin
French, Indo-China
c. 1900
Military Policeman
Philippine Constabulary
Philippine Islands
c. 1910
11th U.S. Cavalry Trooper
Anglo-Boer War Veteran

11th United States Cavalry

Mounted Photograph

c. 1905
This early 20th Century photograph is one of those images
that at the same time begs but defies attempts to positively
identify the soldier subject. As far what can be determined, the
photograph clearly depicts a trooper of the 11th United States
Cavalry from the early 1900s...
Blacksmith
Gotfred Christensen
8th United States
Cavalry
c. 1899
Corporal Harry C. Fowler
7th U.S. Cavalry
Chickamauga, Georgia
23 May, 1903
\Platoon
5e Régiment Étranger d'Infanterie
French, Indo-China
c. 1930s
Italian Naval Rating
1900
Corporal Harry S. Sutter
Light Horse Squadron
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1880
Bavarian
Cyclist/Dispatch Rider
c. 1910
U.S. Army
Color Guard

Philippine Islands

c. 1910
Trooper Heinrich Tieves - Schutztruppe für Südwest-Afrika

Cabinet Photograph

R. Schubert - Photographer
c. 1900s