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Feldpostkarte and Imperial banknotes

Article about: I found these today at the antique store. The postcard doesn't look so grainy in hand, but my scanner makes it look worse. This is a POW canteen note issued by the 18th Army Corps, the back

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    I found these today at the antique store. The postcard doesn't look so grainy in hand, but my scanner makes it look worse.

    Feldpostkarte and Imperial banknotes
    Feldpostkarte and Imperial banknotes

    This is a POW canteen note issued by the 18th Army Corps, the back side was blank

    Feldpostkarte and Imperial banknotes

    This is a Darlehnskassen bill , the translation on the wikipedia page was a little confusing, but it seems there was a Darlehnskassen Act of 4 August 1914 that continued a process that began during the Prussian Empire in the 1850s. These were "secondary" form of currency, they weren't considered "real" bills, but still had a cash value based on lending against industrial and agricultural goods, but payable in gold marks. Like I said, it was confusing. My dad collected coins and tha trubbed off on me a little, I like bank notes, the art on some is quite good, anything to foil the counterfeiters.

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    Paul

    47th MP Co/47th Inf Div 1983-1988
    583rd Ord Co 59th Ord Bde Muenster, W Germany
    1988-1990
    Looking for P37 ammo pouch with No4 bayo frog

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    Paul: Your postcard is an interesting moment in history since it shows German occupation troops in Serbia apparently bargaining with a Serbian Beef butcher. All I know about the Central Powers occupation of Serbia is that it ran from 1916 into 1918. Hopefully a member who knows more about the subject will take this opportunity to post some details. I wonder what nationality the two soldiers on the left are. That's a great looking postcard. Dwight

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    Thanks Dwight. I've never seen too much about anyone occupying Serbia during ww1, I had always assumed it would have been the Austrians. That this had Germans was one of the reasons I bought it, and you don't see many of these in my area. I didn't think the 2 on the left were soldiers, the one leaning against the corner with the open coat looked like a Montenegran to me, so I assumed a couple of locals watching the barter between the butcher and the Germans. I'll have to look a little further and see if they match anyones uniforms.
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    Paul

    47th MP Co/47th Inf Div 1983-1988
    583rd Ord Co 59th Ord Bde Muenster, W Germany
    1988-1990
    Looking for P37 ammo pouch with No4 bayo frog

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    Paul: Apparently, the Central Powers, Germany and Austria, occupied Serbia for about two years. That's the best information I have. The problem is that the WWI Eastern Front isn't well covered by US and British historians, so we don't have a reservoir of ready information to draw on. I'm hoping that among our members, one who is knowledgable on the subject will post something. Dwight

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