Ww1 german postcards

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When I was in Berlin (79 - 80) I picked up a slack handful of WW1 German postcards. They are in various conditions, some having been posted home (Dear Mutti etc).

I'll upload one and if anyone is interested I'll upload the rest. Some are in hospitals and they are all quite different. On going through them, one might even be just pre-WW2. I'm sure someone out there can tell me.
 

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When I was in Berlin (79 - 80) I picked up a slack handful of WW1 German postcards. They are in various conditions, some having been posted home (Dear Mutti etc).

I'll upload one and if anyone is interested I'll upload the rest. Some are in hospitals and they are all quite different. On going through them, one might even be just pre-WW2. I'm sure someone out there can tell me.
Ah, yes. That would be the unit photo taken just before four of them were shot by the rest for not having their buttons done up.
 
#4
Tell you what, though. Look at the quality of the image and it tells you that the Germans not only made better camera lenses than us but also their photographers were better at judging exposure and processing the film/plate.

If the rest of the postcards are this quality, they'd be worthy of a thread in the Photography forum.
 
#5
More please. Anything on the back of the cards?
 
#7
Yes there is on some, one identifies the unit, another has the feldpost number and one is on a railway platfor with the station name in cyrillic. The one I have posted is probably the best, but some are relatively un-posed. I'll post the backs where there is something to show.
 
#8
This would make an excellent thread. If you decide not to publish would you mind emailing me the collection?

TVM
Happy to do both.
 
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Hospital shot - nothing on the back. I'm going to have to re-size some of them, 'manage attachments' keeps rejecting them!
 

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#11
A right bunch, 'BahnhofsKommandantur' = railway something? I can't upload the back, I'll re-size it tomorrow.
 

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#12
Another hospital shot.
 

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#14
Very interesting, I have a wedge of Bairnsfather postcards. The ones I like have been posted, stamps and a message. These are not liked by 'collectors' but each to his own I suppose.
 
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A right bunch, 'BahnhofsKommandantur' = railway something? I can't upload the back, I'll re-size it tomorrow.
Railway Station Commander's Office - Like a RHQ
 
#16
Come on lads, smile ...
 

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This lot are a bit more cheerful - I'll sort the rest out, for some reason the backs are bigger files than the front. Beyond my simple IT understanding.
 

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#19
Not more like "Movements (Rly)"?

And it doubles as the Field Post Office.
Maybe, but Bahnhof is the German word for railway station and there is the 's' in the compound word 'BanhnhofsKommandatur'. This implies ownership, ie the commander's office of the railway station. The sign may have been there before a military presence as the other signs are above the entrance.
 
#20
I still reckon it's Railway Transport Command Office - or as we would say "Movements Office". I looked through a few web pages (and forgot the relevant one!); one suggested that a Bahnhofskommandantur could control either a single station or a small group of them. If I find it again, I'll add it as a edit.


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Not the one I found earlier, but it'll do:
The Bahnhofskommandantur controlled all military aspects of the use of railway stations and it is to this office that members of the Bahnhofswache would be assigned. (In the same way that Feldgendarmerie troops were often allocated to Ortskommandantur, Feldkommandantur etc). So although this guy wasn't personally a member of the Ordnungstruppe, his office would have controlled the Bahnhofswache personnel.
http://gmic.co.uk/index.php/topic/50372-bahnhofskommandantur-officer-soldbuch/
 

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