Das Kreuz auf dem Schlachtfeld
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TRANSCRIPTION; MESSAGE: April 15. Wir sind immer noch hier, sind in Hdbg. noch keine Aussichten fü r Frieden? Es grü sst Sie recht herzlich [Carl Bechtel?] Viele Grü sse an Ihre ganze Familie!; SENT TO: [Postmarked] Saarburg, Lothringen, 12.4.15. [Stamped] 1. Mobl. Landsturm-Inft.-Batl. Heidelberg, 2. Komp. [An] Frä ulein Maria Kolbe, Heidelberg, Kronprinzenstr. 28. Saarburg 11.TRANSLATION; MESSAGE:We are still here [A]ny prospect of peace in [Heidelberg?] Warmest greetings to you from [Carl Bechtel?] Many greetings to your whole family!; SENT TO:[Postmarked] Saarburg, Lorraine [i.e., ceded to France after the war], 12.4.15. [Stamped] 1st Heidelberg Mobile Home Guard Infantry Battalion, 2nd Company. [To] Ms. Maria Kolbe, Heidelberg, Kronprinzenstr. 28. Saarburg
Description(Black and White) This postcard is a photograph of a statue of a man jumping off a rock, with a town in the background. The poem "Can be sung to the tune of 'O the bloodied and bruised.'" There is no stamp, as it seems to be sent from the field, but two legible postmarks are present. The first postmark is from Saarburg, Lorraine on April, 12, 1915 at 9:10 A.M. The second probably provides military information. The message is in German, and dated from Saarburg on April 11, 1915.
This collection previously belonged to Dominic Hibberd, an English biographer most noted for the biographies of Wilfred Owen and Harold Monro, World War I poets. He collected these postcards for research purposes.
Schmidlin, A. [author] (2011). Das Kreuz auf dem Schlachtfeld. PHYSICAL: Jul Manias & Cie. (Jul. Manias & Co.) (Strasbourg (Belgium, Wallonia, Namur province)); DIGITAL: Cushing Memorial Library and Archives. Available electronically from