Sunday, July 31, 2011


This is marked on the back in English "Air bombs on destroyer in Bruges".

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Artillery at Verdun

A row of French 155mm Cannon Mle 1877 that have been put out of commission. A German card so these guns were abandoned by the French at some point during the battle of Verdun.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Squadron 41

Members of Squadron No. 41 somewhere in France. The marking R. Guilleminot, Boespflug et Cie, Paris on the back is from the manufacturer of the paper, so gives no clue to where the photograph was taken.
The squadron was first deployed in France in October of 1916. The small dog could be Olive Byng one of the mascots they had during the war.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Camp Sherman

Camp Sherman was established in Chillicothe, Ohio in 1917. It was the 3rd largest training camp in the United States. In addition to training the 83rd, 84th, 95th and 96th divisions the camp also detained German prisoners of war.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Mine Hunters

The cap tallies read either hilfsminemsuch division or minen abteilung. This may be a Flachgehende minensuchboote. These were smaller boats for sweeping shallow waters the larger boats could not operate in.


Here is a group of German artillerymen showing off their 7.7cm Feldkanone 96 a.N.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

A Sammie

This fellow is only identified as a Sammie, slang for an American soldier. It is undated.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


The sign below the English soldier effigy says Hiddekk. A word coined during the war was taken from the first letters of the exclamation "Hauptsache ist dass die Engländer Keile kriegen" which is conveniently written below. Roughly translated "The main thing is the English get a drubbing".

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tough Guy

The US Army Ambulance Corps trained at Camp Crane in Allentown, PA. The government leased the fairgrounds from the city and established the camp in May of 1917. This "tough guy" would have been one of the first to pass through the camp on the way to France.

Dried Vegetables

Monday, July 18, 2011

Ordnance Corps

Three members of the Ordnance Corps somewhere in the States. 12,205 enlisted men served in France, led by 1,803 officers.

Friday, July 15, 2011


The Americans played baseball where ever they went.

A couple of marines in the States.

After the war in Villau, Germany.

Somewhere in France.


Thursday, July 14, 2011


This is Fred. That is the only identification on these cards. He has the collar insignia of the Quartermaster Corps. He and his buddy are wearing their wool overcoats, gloves and winter hats.

Aviatik C. I.

The Aviatik C. I. was an observation aircraft seeing service in 1915. The pilot or observer is standing 3rd from the right so at least one person walked away from this crash. The soldier to his left has the shoulder straps of the fliegertruppen so the crash may have been close to the airfield.

Monday, July 11, 2011

307th Infantry Regiment

A card from a sergeant from Company A written somewhere in France, August 19th 1918. This is shortly before he would have been part of the Meuse-Argonne offensive.

Sunday, July 10, 2011


These are members of a munitions column in Cheppy Forrest near Verdun. Six of them wearing iron cross ribbons in their button holes and two with ribbon bars.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Friday, July 8, 2011

Prisonnier de guerre

Prisoners of the Germans were allowed 2 letters and 4 postcards a month. This card was sent from the camp at Friedrichsfeld.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Eitel Wilhelm

In 1915 the SMS Kronzprinz Wilhelm was interned by the then neutral United States. The sailors of this ship and the SMS Prinz Eitel Friedrich built their own village at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. When the United States entered the war in 1917 the Germans were sent to a prisoner of war camp in Georgia and the village was torn down to allow expansion of the shipyard.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

"Le pantalon rouge c'est la France!"

Before the war there was talk about changing the French uniform. Other countries were adopting less colorful uniforms. The famous cry from Minister of War Eugene Etienne to parliament was "Eliminate the red trousers ? Never! The red pants are France!" So the French soldier marched off to battle wearing bright red pants. The British in khaki and the Germans in field grey.

Three members of the 170th regiment wearing their double breasted overcoats.

This photo was taken in Rochefort. It is dated October 4th, 1914.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Royal Field Artillery

Here are some members of the Royal Field Artillery. These men are all wearing their great coats.

A Sergeant in a studio somewhere in England.


There is no information on the back of this one. You can tell he is a Bavarian by his belt buckle.

Unknown soldier. Photograph taken by Max Baruch, Atelier Elite, Köln.

Photograph of F. Daffinger taken by Rob. Borowansky in Neu-Ulm.