Portrait of a german legioneer called Ernst Röhler. In the Back we can read:"To my dear great grandmother Our loved boys this picture as loving pentecost greet 1925. Dedicated in steady, loyal and thankful memory. much love, your nephew Ernst Röhler Melilla, the 31st may 1925". Taken in Melilla in 31st may 1925.
The card was written on Sep. 30th 1918 in Munich to the Unteroffizier E. Silbernagel who served with a meteorological unit 401 (Frontwetterwarte 401) in Ciney near Namur. They were instrumental in planning gas attacks. He calls the addressee comrade and gymnast-pal. He regrets not having met with him during the addressees last holiday home in Bavaria and urges him to come by next time as there would be room and board provided by him for his comrade. He also mentioned a promotion of a mutual acquaintance Pätzold to Unteroffizier. The cross on the oilcloth hat identifies him as Lansturm but the 3 'pips' on the collar are unusual. (Thanks again to the members of the GWF)
German railway work battalion Soldiers(2 NCOs and 1 Officer) in a forest in Metz. "Dear Wilhelm! The photographer delivered the card to write to you only today. I am still well and hope the same of you. I recently visited Sarrbrückenthe the other day, pity we couldn't meet up. But it still was a nice trip. Auf Wiedersehen Your faithful friend Bernhard [Knörr]" Sent to "Herrn Unteroffizier Wilhelm Müller Saarbrücken 3 Richard Wagnerstrasse Militär Bau amt" Absender: "Utffz Knörr Festungseisenbahn bau Komp. No. 12 Metz" Bernhard is likely the man on the right.
Soldiers of the reserve battalion of IR 29. This Batallion was not mobilised after being formed in March 1915 and dissolved in Oct 1916. "Dear wife! Here a photograph, please keep it safe. Wille you come to Neuwied with Willi on Sunday? Everything fine here, hope with you too. Greetings to your mother"
Saxon infantry wearing dunkelblau uniforms, 2 1-year volunteers can be seen (white and green piping can be seen) "Dear parents! Have received your letter, but unfortunately I can’t come. I have been commandeered as the assistant-cook of the non-commissioned officer’s course. I have been working there for 4 weeks already. I have to get up every morning at 03.30hrs, and can’t leave until 20.30hrs at night. By that time I’m happy to go to sleep. So you can understand I can’t come. Best regards from your [Wilhelm?]" Writing on the photo says "A bunch of old bones!" One soldier has been highlighted on the photo with a red crayon or something similar, a red square around his head, but it doesn't show up well in a greyscale scan(2nd from the left, bottom row, holding his gun pointed upwards.) The highlighted soldier could be the sender.
A group of Luftwaffe officers pose together for a photograph. The caption reads: Die Unteroffiziere der Batterie nach dem Unterricht unter den "zwei Pinien" März 1943. The NCOs of the battery after the classes under the "two pines" March 1943 This leads us to believe that these men are the officers of a Luftwaffe AA battery of some sorts, likely on the Eastern Front.
A studio portrait photo of three German artillery NCOs. One of them (with sword) is a Sgt Major (Etatmässige Feldwebel) Other 2 are Unteroffizier(corporals). The shoulder boards show MW (Minenwerfer) indicating there are mortar artillery soliders. This also explains the two EK2's as Minenwerfer was one of the most dangerous jobs as an artilleryman.
Ltn Hermann Spencker while he was in Füsilier-Regiment 90. He would later be captured on the 10th of August 1917 during the capture of Westhoek while serving with RIR 90. He was later interred in Switzerland, presumably he was badly wounded. He was born in 1897 making him around 20 when he was captured.
Two Luftwaffe soldiers sit on a balcony smoking in Athens, Greece. The man on the right is a Gefreiter. In the background is Mount Lycabettus and the dome of St Dionysius the Areopagite Church. The tunic pockets have straight edges, indicating they are likely M43's meaning this photo was taken around 1943 or later. The map coordinates are also accurate as I referenced map location using Google Maps.
Engelbert Friebl and his crew on sound location equipment in Germany. It consists of four acoustic horns, a horizontal pair and a vertical pair, connected by rubber tubes to stethoscope type earphones worn by the two technicians left and right. The stereo earphones enabled one technician to determine the direction and the other the elevation of the aircraft.The acoustic locator could detect targets at distances from 5 to 12 km, depending on weather conditions, operator skill, and the size of the target formation. It gave a directional accuracy of about 2 degrees. The back reads Engelbert Friebl and comrades. This type of equipment was phased out by 1940 so the image is most 1936-1940.
A Heer NCO with his wife for a wedding photo after just previously being wed. We know he is a NCO by the NCO tresse on his collar. He also is wearing a Silver Assault badge and a Iron Cross 2nd Class (EK2). He also wears a M41 uniform with a salvaged M36 collar. (This was not uncommon as many soldiers preferred the old bottle green collars to the newer matching feldgrau collars.)
A Oberfeldwebel in a M36 uniform with a SA Sports Badge and a Iron Cross Second Class (EK2) poses for a photo outside of his home with his wife. The stripes on his selves indicate an appointment as a Hauptfeldwebel. Men like him were commonly referred to as Die Mutter der Kompanie (mother of the company) or Der Spieß (the spear). These were top soldiers, and in times of emergency often took command.
A group of Heer soldiers standing on a front porch after a soccer match. The back reads: Das war nach einem Fussballspiel, deshalb so ein abgehetztes(?) Gesicht. Kennst du die Schuhe noch? English: This was after a football match, therefore such an exhausted (?) face. Do you still know these shoes?
Four soldiers sitting together with some girlfriends some of these soldiers have already seen combat because 2 of them have bandades on their arms the middle one has a infantry assault badge. The ladies have put on the hats of the German soldiers posing nicely for the photograph they all have a nice glass of beer to enjoy the day, even the camera man has his own glass.