An Italian-manufactured card, despite the French writing, featuring a captured German Taube surrounded by French officers, the photo taken in Salonika, on the Macedonian Front.
The card was written on 18th April 1917, and, of course, the plane isn’t a Taube at all. Taube was frequently used as a generic term for any or all German aircraft (the original Etrich Taube – later manufactured by Rumpler – which first flew in 1910 was a monoplane which, when looked at in silhouette, had those swept-back, almost aliform wings, if you know what I mean. Look it up – you’ll probably recognise it.). This is actually an Albatross B II, an unarmed two-seater which, along with the slightly bigger B I, was the Imperial German Flying Corps’ main reconnaissance plane well into 1915.