Thursday, September 29, 2011

My dear little Peter

A group from the 2nd Ersatz Battalion Landwehr Infantry Regiment 99. The postcard was sent from Kehl. The picture was taken across the river by Max Kämpf in Strasbourg.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Hessian troops

An undated photo of a squad of Hessian riflemen and their officers. They are wearing Model 1916 steel helmets

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Königlich Bayerisches 9. Infanterie-Regiment

Some members of Königlich Bayerisches 9. Infanterie-Regiment in the spring of 1916. Later that year they would find themselves in the Battle of the Somme.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

2nd Lt. Ira Storm

2nd Lieutenant Ira Storm in camp. He is wearing a marksmanship rifle badge.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

2. Rekruten-Depot Feld-Artillerie-Regiment Nr 44

This card was sent from Carl to his wife a few months before he would have participated in the Battle of Passchendaele.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Amateur Dramatics

A group of prisoners in France dressed for a play. The prisoner on the right has "PG" stenciled on his pant leg clearly marking him as a prisonnier de guerre.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Queens

A sergeant with The Queens (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Photographed at E. Hawkins & Co., Brighton.Charles in a studio in France.

Royal Field Artillery

A group of signalers in the Royal Field Artillery. Photo from the Tasma Studios, 99 Wellington St., Woolwich.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Friday, September 16, 2011

Concealing shoulder straps

In 1916 a small strap was added to the shoulder so the shoulder strap could be unbuttoned and folded back in order to hide the cipher or unit number. The soldier in the middle has cloth covers over his. Later in the war the straps were removed while on maneuvers.

Thursday, September 15, 2011


Julius Laade of the Landsturm-Infanterie-Battalion Calau, 2nd Company in 1914. One of 334 Landsturm battalions were mobilized that year.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Plattsburgh Movement

The Plattsburgh Movement started in 1915. It was an effort by private citizens to prepare for the possible United States entry into the war. Camps were held to prepare volunteers for military service. Gaston was one of 1500 men in the camp in Plattsburgh during the summer of 1916.

Paul May

Paul May and 8 of his comrades in the Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 103.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Three Württembergers

Three soldiers from a Württemberg Regiment have a smoke and a beer in November 1914.

Thursday, September 8, 2011


The soldier standing at the window on the left is preparing to tap a keg.
In 1915 the 11th Reserve Infantry Regiment held the sector of Malancourt wood, south of Montfaucon, in Argonne.

Two from Ludwig

I don't know that these are from the same person. I did buy them at the same time from the same dealer so there is a chance they are. The signatures are not the same but there is three years of war between them.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry)

Embossed lower left corner "U. A. Studios 79, Union St, Plymouth". Two battalions of the Somerset Light Infantry were raised in Plymouth during WWI. The 9th stayed in England and the 1st Garrison Battalion was sent to India.

Monday, September 5, 2011


a 1917 image of a Kraftradfahrer-Abteilung or Motorcyclists Division.