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    Can anybody help me with this writing on the back of these photos?
    Thanks in advance!

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    long time no see leander hope your good as to the writing still trying to learn german but awesome photos all the same

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    First one:

    "Klein [...]
    ein Großkind
    unseres Quartierwirts
    "

    ...meaning...

    "Little [...]
    a grandchild
    of our acommodation host
    "

    (Sorry, not quite sure about the kid's name)

    The second one:

    "Enthaltsamkeit ist das Vergnügen
    an Dingen welche wir nicht
    kriegen
    Malerei in der Unterkunft
    des
    [...]-Batl. [= Bataillons] in Berkaak"

    ...meaning...:

    "Austerity is drawing pleasure
    from those things that we do not
    get
    Painting in the billets
    of the
    [...] Battalion in Berkaak"

    The rhyme "Enthaltsamkeit ist das Vergnügen an Dingen welche wir nicht kriegen." is a quote from the famous German caricaturist, painter and poet Wilhelm Busch. It is slightly misquoted here; it should be "Sachen" instead of "Dingen", but these are synonyms.
    That quote can be seen on the far right of the photograph as part of the humorous and slightly naughty wall painting. (Which, of course, shows a soldier dreaming of some of those unobtainable things...)

    Not quite sure about the abbrevation in front of "Batl."; it could be "Pol." for "Polizei".

    Berkaak would appear to be Berkåk in Norway.

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    Quote by talltom View Post
    long time no see leander hope your good as to the writing still trying to learn german but awesome photos all the same
    Yes, long time no see Tom! Thanks man
    I am doing fine, just alot of other things to do you know, how are you

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    WOW, thanks HPL2008!!
    You are the king!

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    Quote by oksnevad_2 View Post
    Yes, long time no see Tom! Thanks man
    I am doing fine, just alot of other things to do you know, how are you
    yeah im good
    looks like you have been doing well with the photos

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    Could the name in the photo be "Alvin" HPL2008?

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    Quote by oksnevad_2 View Post
    Could the name in the photo be "Alvin" HPL2008?
    Upon closer inspection... Yes; I think that's it.
    Last edited by HPL2008; 01-11-2012 at 12:12 AM.

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