This delicate collection of German postcards, including a Christmas Card, date from the First World War.
According to our records “P.L.A” writes that these were liberated from a trench dug-out, but we know precious little else regarding their provenance or about the fate of the solider who originally owned them.
What little we can piece together comes from clues such as the franking marks on the reverse. One postcard features a colour tinted picture of a female soldier in a uniform sends best wishes for Whitsun [more commonly known as Pentecost] and is dated 22nd June 1917. It is stamped with what is likely to be the soldier’s parent unit a German Horse Field Artillery battery; “Reitd. Battr. Der II. Ers-Abt Feldartilleries-Regiment Nr 1”. While two of the postcards addressed to the solider are franked in Porschken and Konigsberg. Konigsberg [now known as Kalingrad, was a port city in East Prussia] and Porschken are both part of East Prussia, close to the present day Polish and Latvian boarder. Therefore it is possible that the solider came from this region.
Included in the collection of postcards, and appropriately for this festive time of year, is a simple Christmas image of purple posies and ever-green sprigs. Underneath this image reads “Gluckliches Weihnachtsfest” [Happy Christmas]. The card is nearly a century old, having been dated 18th December 1917 in purple ink, but the card remains in very good condition with only minor creasing. Unfortunately, due to the style of handwriting, the text is extremely difficult to translate and very little of this message can be read.
The fourth image, which shows a bombed out factory ruined by artillery, is addressed to a “Fraulein Anna” and the message is blank. Whilst these cards allow us a glimpse into a forgotten past they still leave a lot of unanswered questions.
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