Monday, April 30, 2012

Dicke Laura und Der Schusterschemel

The evil brother and sister! The shoemaker's bench and Big Laura. Wiley Möhle from Dankelsheim is posing with a group of dud shells. The evil siblings being a 21cm artillery shell and a trench mortar shell. I can find no reference as to which is which.
Flirey is near Verdun. The Infantry Regiment NR67 spent time there in late 1916.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Rabbit ears

In this pre-war photograph the soldier 5th from the left has his fingers up behind the soldier next to him. First example I have found of rabbit ears or devil horns in my collection.

Friday, April 27, 2012

War Cross with Stars

Four from this group have been awarded the War Cross, with star. Twelve of them have on the fourragère. This was given to units that were mentioned in dispatches more than once. Only those soldiers in the unit at the time are allowed to wear the fourragère.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

1st Division

Three members of Company A, 18th Infantry Regiment, United States 1st Division. This photo was taken in Germany after the war. The 1st Division was was first to arrive in France, the first to the front lines and the first to suffer casualties.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Einzug unserer Truppen in Namur

The fortress at Namur fell to the Germans on August 24th after a three day bombardment. The city was occupied for the duration of the war.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Leather Jerkin

Three American infantrymen on occupation duty in Germany. The one on the left is wearing a wool lined leather jerkin. Popular with the British it seems the were used by the Americans late in the war.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Artillery veteran

A veteran of the Artillery. He has one overseas service chevron.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

French Infantrymen

Four members of the 8th Infantry. I have no idea what the math on the back is for.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Nissen Hut

Here is a group of German soldiers in front of a Nissen hut in February 1918. The Nissen hut was developed by Major Nissen of the Royal Engineers in 1916. Making this hut one in captured territory or German copy.

Monday, April 16, 2012


Another group of Americans on occupation somewhere in Germany after the war.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

La fuite des anciens

A pre-war photograph of the class of 1905. Tucked in the middle of the group is a Sommaire Motorcyle.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Nicholas Koehn

Nicholas Koehn was born August 16th, 1887 in Valley City, North Dakota which makes him 30 or 31 when this picture was taken. He was drafted in late 1917 so it would have been sometime in 1918 that he would have been in Scotland.

Friday, April 13, 2012

French Cyclist

On his right sleeve below his service chevrons in his cyclist patch. He has two wound chevrons on his left sleeve.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Artillery Captain

A Captain in the Field Artillery while on Occupation duty in Germany after the war.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Somewhere in France

Two portraits of American servicemen which appear to be taken at the same location at different times of the year. Standing in the snow is Private L. L. Plottres(?) of Marion, Ohio. He was with the 42nd Rainbow Division. His may be the latter of the two pictures as he has an overseas service chevron on his sleeve.
Below him is Henry H. Wagner of Cooleemee, North Carolina. He was a member of the Medical Corps.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

La Roule

A group from a number of different regiments. Identifiable numbers include 66, 67 and 76. No explanation for the skeleton in the middle. Photograph by H. Noiret of Paris.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Beds 194 and 195

Johan Steipp in bed 195 enjoying a smoke while recovering from his wounds. Over in bed 194 is Salomo Weinberger. The writing under his name is not clear but suggests he is in for ulcers.

Monday, April 2, 2012

French Blacksmiths

A group of French soldiers from each from a different regiment all with the insignia of a blacksmith on their sleeve.

Sunday, April 1, 2012