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    Picked this up recently and would be very grateful if anyone could give me a translation. My very limited school boy German seems to suggest the cartoon is about a friendly sergeant. I have no idea what is written on the back. I am also quite interested to hear what is written where the stamp should be placed. Is this some kind of free post? Click the image to enlarge.

    Thanks in advance,
    Mark.

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    The cartoon on the obverse of the card is a humorous depiction of the kind of scene that every soldier would love to experience (but never will).

    The smiling SNCO (instantly recognizable as a Hauptfeldwebel (Spieß) by the notebook tucked into his field blouse and the twin Tresse rings on the sleeves) enters the privates' bunk room, saying...:

    "Darf ich zum Dienst bitten, meine Herren!" ["May I ask you out for duty, gentlemen!"]

    ...to which the soldiers reply:

    "M.w. / Machen wir!" ["W.d. / Will do!"]
    "Umgänglicher Mann, der Hauptfeldwebel!" ["Affable man, that Hauptfeldwebel!"]
    "Ist ja ein gemütlicher Laden hier!" ["Now this is one easy-going place here!"]

    The card was written by a private named Ludwig Klein and sent to his son Eugen back home at Hauenstein in the Palatinate.

    The text on the reverse says:

    "Lieber Eugen,

    zu Deinem Geburtstag sendet
    Dir recht herzliche Grüße Dein
    Vater

    Hoffe daß Du recht brav bist u.
    [= und]
    der Mutter etwas mithilfst"

    ...meaning:


    "Dear Eugen,

    cordial greetings for your birthday
    sent by your
    father

    Hope that you are good and
    that you help mother a little
    "

    The word next to where the stamp would be is "Feldpost". ["Field post"].

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    Thanks once again HPL for your in depth reply. It's nice to think even in times of war there is a little humour to be found. By sending a funny card to his young son I think he was trying to convey that he was in good company and good spirits all those miles from home.

    Mark.

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    In the British Army this would be the Sergeant Major or RSM I am guessing? Nice little piece

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    Quote by KradSpam View Post
    In the British Army this would be the Sergeant Major or RSM I am guessing?
    A Hauptfeldwebel (Spieß) was a company's senior NCO; so I guess the British equivalent would be a Company Sergeant Major?

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    Correct Andreas CSM / WO II is the highest NCO rank at Company level .
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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