‘A call roars like thunder, like the clash of swords and the pounding of waves’, or some such nonsense. You might remember that back in March 2020, as we all locked down for the first time, I began a series of posts, in daily, and later weekly, form, that featured examples from my Great War postcard collection.
The series eventually ran to sixty posts over seventeen weeks and contained a total of 230 postcards, but as all that was well over two years ago now, and as I did promise I’d show you some more one day, well, how about now? Beginning with these German ‘action’ cards, as I like to call them, the text on this one, incidentally, all about being driven by a happy spirit and striving towards the same goal. Of course it is.
This is the reverse of the same card (postmarked July 1916), and if you read the article on the Swiss Frontier in the Great War that I published a few months back (and if not, you can do so by clicking here, ‘cos it’s interesting, and it’ll open, as my links always do, in a separate browser for later perusal), you might remember that the town of Mulhouse (Mulhausen on the stamp above) saw considerable action during the first month of the war – and very little after that.
Prayers before battle (obverse above, reverse below), the card posted in November 1915.
Artillery Song, the text of which translates literally as, ‘Sometimes we’re on horseback, sometimes we’re on foot, but always with our guns, and when the hail of cartridges cracks, watch out for the black collar’. The reverse, postmarked March 1915, is once again shown below.
‘Take care, dear, and don’t forget to bring back the bratwurst and sauerkraut.’
Nooo! He forgot the bratwurst! That’s early 20th Century over-acting for you.
Three cards that I like to caption ‘Lost’,…
…and ‘Must Be That Way’.
Reverse of the previous card, dated June 1917.
A card which in no way tempts me to join the King’s Grenadiers, I don’t know about you,…
…and the reverse, another postmarked March 1915.
And to finish, on the left, German troops in foreign climes, and on the right, ‘Dragoons are always helter – they have light blood – they are the fastest riders and full of high spirits’. Yet again, of course they are.