Saturday, December 31, 2011

Bert Welte

Bert Welte was born October 19th, 1898. He died November 10th, 1955 and is buried in the Quincy National Cemetery.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Hotel des chauffeurs

Members of a Motor Car Section at the Verdun front.

E. Kelly

Two soldiers and a sailor at Wadham's Studio in Wildwood, New Jersey. The sailor is an Electrician's Mate. The soldier on the left is a member of the Medical Corps.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

German supply rail, 1915

A view of a German supply rail from December 1915. In front of the derailed car there are rolls of barbed wire. To the left is a two-man saw.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

9th Regiment Band

The post mark is not clear but this looks like Camp Douglas in Wisconsin.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Feldstation 22b

A telephone field station. A model 1905 telephone handset can be seen hanging just below the sign "F. St. 22b".

Two Happy Franks.

Two Franks in the infantry, in the snow, somewhere in the United States.

Wilhelm Ruhlman

Wilhelm Ruhlman of the Reserve Infantry Battalion 15 in Cologne in 1914 just after the start of the war.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Flak Geschütz

A German anti-aircraft unit set up in the woods. In the center is a Goertz rangefinder. My guess is that the device on the right of the rangefinder is a tachymeter use to determine deflection. At the far right is the telephone that would receive information from a forward spotter.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Doughboys with pineapple

Nothing to indicate where this photo was taken except for the pineapple. Perhaps this rifle range is in the Philippines or maybe Hawaii.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Post war Belgium

A post war portrait of a soldier in Gand, Belgium. Wartime Belgian uniforms were supplied by the British while the helmet was from France.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

John C. Dickson, 3rd Army

John C. Dickson of Prichard Alabama while on occupation duty in Germany after the war.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Bon Souvenir

An affectionate handshake from Th. Laffaut to Paul Griolin of Paris.

Sunday, December 4, 2011


Whiz-Bangs was name given to German light artillery shells or in the case a group of musical clowns from New Zealand. This photograph was taken by H. J. Rouse in Christchurch.

Saturday, December 3, 2011


Here is a member of the Aplini, specialized mountain troops. He still has the eagle feather in his hat so this photo was either taken before 1915 or he was far from the front at the time. 62 Alpini battalions were raised during World War One.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Mess Mates

The HMS Excellent is a Royal Navy shore establishment, primarily a gunnery school.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Four from Delaware City

These four are all from The W. B. Nichols Studio in Delaware City, Delaware. The closest Army base would have been Fort DuPont. Coast Artillery Corps trained units here for action in France
Private Voyle Ryse served in the 43rd Artillery, Coast Artillery Corps.

Identified on the back as Private Robert E. Fudge.

Just the names Sharp and Bowen on the back on this one.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Three from the same studio

There is no writing on the back of any of these cards to indicate where they were taken. The soldier above has a Wolseley Pattern Helmet indicating he is ready for a warm climate while the soldier in the last photograph has a Winter Forage Cap on.
Three sergeants with the Royal Army Medical Corps.

A soldier wearing a Winter Forage Cap or a "Gorblimey".

Saturday, November 19, 2011

342 Machine Gun Battalion

Officers from the 342nd Machine Gun Battalion. Possibly in Pfalzel, Germany.

Border Guards

A mixed group of German and Swiss border guards in what is now Lucelle France. Lützel is the German spelling.