The main focus of this blog is to highlight individual photographs from WWI and WWII veterans whose photos have made their way to the secondary market; eBay and flea markets are a good way to find these photographs, and the typical image comes with little-to-no context. Today’s photograph shows a typical German trench in the spring of 1917 with a pair of handmade signs.
I collect WWI German trench signs and shots like this are a good way to identify the style and construction techniques of a period trench-made sign.
Thanks to a Reddit user I was able to translate the writing on the reverse side of the postcard:
In the dwelling trench by the phone dugout.
NCO Biernacki, me, NCO Schwabacher, ?? Puppchen of the artillery observers.
The trench signs that are shown in the image are as follows: Villa Margarete and Fernsprechen (Telephone)