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Earliest known photograph of someone using an iPhone (Beta ver.) / M.W. Kp. 576 (?)

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Saxon non-commissioned officers Hartmann, Pfau and one other, possibly from a Minenwerfer company if one looks at the high number on their shoulder-straps (576), outside their dugout sometime around 1916.

There were around 700 Minenwerfer companies, most manned by the infantry and a lesser percentage by pioneers.

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Three infantrymen from 7. Ostpreußisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 44 man a trench somewhere in the vicinity of Lake Drisviaty, August 1916 / Grenade catapult

Letter on reverse (below) kindly translated in record time by xiphophilos: authored on 14.8.1916 in Goldap (formerly Ostpreußen) and addressed to a Herr Wilhelm Kegel in Berlin. Postage cancelled at Goldap the same day.

Three infantrymen from 7. Ostpreußisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 44 man a trench somewhere in the vicinity of Lake Drisviaty, where as part of the 2. Division, they were tasked with checking the Russian advance.

A number of interesting items to look at in this photo, not the least being the locally made catapult in the foreground. This quite complex apparatus could hurl a small, round Kugelhandgranaten well beyond the distances able to be achieved by an infantryman with a strong arm.

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Zerstörte Eisenbahnbrücke – Destroyed rail-bridge at Bouillonville

Note on reverse (below) kindly translated by Heinrich.Stürzl.

One of the most photographed landmarks of the Great War, the destroyed rail-bridge at Bouillonville. The bridge was blown up by the French army to prevent it being used by the Germans.

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“Englands Not” (England’s Torment)

Unused. Printed by Otto Elsner, Berlin.

Commercial postcard allegedly depicting Allied ships sunk around England and Ireland after the declaration of unrestricted submarine warfare in February 1917.

Official Allied figures are not dissimilar however indicating that more than 12,000,000 tons of shipping (5,000 ships) had been sunk by U-boats, with the loss of 15,000 lives during the war.

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“Überreste von der Franz. Offensive 16.4.17” / Remains from the French Offensive of 16.4.1917

Letter on reverse (below) translated by xiphophilos: authored somewhere in France in 24.3.1918 and addressed to Fräulein Marie Thake in Idensen.

A macabre postcard purchased from one of the many military stores interspersed with rear echelon positions along the Western Front. The photo depicts the remains of one or more soldiers, felled during the Second Battle of the Aisne. Both armies wore hob-nailed boots but only the Germans wore the Jackboot style boot and in some cases were required to wear boot-tighteners (see note above).

French General Robert Nivelle, an artillery officer by trade, believed that he could use his artillery to destroy the German lines at the Aisne. But what Nivelle didn’t factor into his plan were the excellent German defences that had been built over a three year period. (more…)