Friday, March 30, 2012

Die Pionierbrücke


A pontoon bridge across the San River. Throughout May of 1915 German and Austro-Hungarian troops engaged the Russians at the San.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Transport schwerer mörser

The Austro-Hungarian Army transporting a heavy mortar. Although in this case it looks like the barrel of this mortar is a wood log.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Armored Train

An armored train belonging to the Austro-Hungarian Army. Nine of these were built during the war and saw action on all fronts.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

White Stork

A German soldier posing next to a White Stork nest. Odds are this picture was taken on the Eastern Front as the stork population in Western Europe was very low at the time.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Fort Dampierre


Here a soldier writes about how the class of 1913 brought measles, scarlet fever and typhoid to Fort Dampierre. More likely it was the Spanish Flu which was running rampant in late 1918.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Fort Riley, Kansas


Lt. Dunhue was at Fort Riley at the Military Officers Training Camp which was for training medical personnel. He would find himself very busy in the coming months. The first Spanish Flu case was reported in Kansas in January 1918. In March the flu hit the camp.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

18e Régiment on a smoke break.

A group from the 18e Régiment. Two of them are from the Telegraph Section. One of them has an expert rifleman patch .

Friday, March 23, 2012

Tirailleurs

One German soldier marching these captured Tirailleurs through town. The Zouave style uniforms were worn by Algerian and Tunisian troops at the start of the war.
Photo by Franz Beck of Ohrdruf, Germany.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Scott and his brother


Assuming that Scott is on the left he was a member of the Royal Field Artillery. He has a skill-at-arms badge for gun laying. His brother was a member of the Royal Army Medical Corps. He sports a good conduct chevron. This card has a German type back so this was most likely taken while the brothers were on occupation duty after the war.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Monday, March 19, 2012

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Herr Schröder


Members of the 27th Oranien Field Artillery playing cards in May of 1916.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Plant Stands

The plant stand was a common studio prop. Here are three different Allied soldiers in three different studios all with an arm on a stand.

A member of the United States 43rd Coastal Artillery in a studio stateside.

A member of the French 172nd Infantry.


Cecil of the British Army Service Corps while in France.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Balloon Mechanic

This Frenchman wears the sleeve insignia of a balloon mechanic. He also has an aviators badge on his collar.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Artillery damaged truck

A German postcard showing the results of an artillery hit on a truck.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Montgolfier (Q81)

I believe this to be the French submarine Montgolfier (Q81) in Paris about 1916.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Voluntary Aid Detachment

A member of a Voluntary Aid Detachment. Known as VADs they provided nursing, first aid and other medical assistance during the war.
This photo taken by Herbert Vieler, Imperial Studio, Bexhill-on-Sea.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Monday, March 5, 2012

Sunday, March 4, 2012

German Field Kitchen


A group of soldiers around a Große Feldküche Hf.13W. The German field kitchen was known as a Gulaschkanone or goulash cannon.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

HMS Europa

Five crew members of the HMS Europa. A Diadem class cruiser the HMS Europa received battle honors for its actions in the Dardanelles Campaign.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Captured German guns


Two copies of the same card with American MPs on a flatbed car with two German 10.5 cm leichte Feldhaubitze 16s at a rail yard in France.

The same group with a 10.5 cm Feldhaubitze 98/09.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Mle 1914 Hotchkiss Machine Gun


A group of French soldiers with one of the 47,000 Mle 1914 Hotchkiss Machine Guns delivered to the French Army during the war. The soldier on the left holds the wrench used to change the barrel on the gun.