Monday, March 31, 2014

53rd Infanterie Brigade

A member of the 53rd Infanterie Brigade. Another photo of what appears to be this same soldier can be found at Drake Goodman's excellent site. His photo was taken in 1915 in Liège, Belgium.I would assume that this fellow had this portrait taken as the group photo that is at the other site.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Diekirch, Luxembourg


The Germans announced their withdrawal from Luxembourg on November 6th and completed on the 22nd. The first American troops did not enter until the 19th. Notably none of these troops are carrying weapons.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Marching Through a French Town

Near as I can tell this photo was taken in 1909. The poster of the wall is for the play La Beaute du Diable which was written in 1908. A 1909 copy of Le Petit Parisien advertises the play being performed that year.
Many of the soldiers here have a neck cover on their kepis. A few have a kepi cover.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Wilhelm Stienbuck


A card from Wilhelm Stienbuck while serving in Roeselare, Belgium. The larger sign indicates he was part of the paying office for the woodworker's union (Holzarbeiter Verband Zahlstelle: Roulers). The smaller one reads Flandern 1917.

Update:
I just scanned this card which was a few cards down the line in the box. It is also to Dora Stienbuck from the same soldier. His first name here is a bit more legible and seems to be Wilhelnye. That does not come up in any search engine as a name. Regardless what his first name may be, Herr Stienbuck did serve at least two years. The earlier card was postmarked in April of 1915 and the other in March of 1917.

In 1915 the 18th Reserve Division was in the Lassigny area until October.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Horse in a Hole

Whatever is happening here took place on March 10th, 1917 if the date on the back is correct.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Winter Coats

Four Germans posing with a sleigh. An example of the variety of winter coats used by the German army.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Gaar Ingels, 75th Artillery C.A.C.


Gaar Ingels of La Fayette, Illinois played the euphonium with the 75th Artillery C.A.C. Here his is in Saint-Nazarie France in January, 1919. The regiment arrived too late to see combat and returned to America in March of 1919.
This card is unusual in that the photo is glued to a postcard instead of being printed on postcard paper.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

III.23 – Landsturm-Infanterie-Ersatz-Bataillon Kottbus

A group from the III.23 – Landsturm-Infanterie-Ersatz-Bataillon Kottbus. A good example of the inconsistency in the German army uniform.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Americans with a Wagon in Germany

Four Americans with their wagon and mules somewhere in Germany after the war.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

James C. Martin



James wears the collar insignia of an infantryman in the regular army.