Postcards of the German Empire
This card is a good example that just because something is old (over a hundred years in this case) it doesn't have to be rare. More than 2 million of these cards were produced by a patriotic paper factory owner, who wanted to support the fighting troops. "Nun wollen wir sie verdreschen" is a way of saying "Let's beat them up now", which fits well with the image of German infantry, artillery and cavalry in the background. What's really interesting about this card is that there was a little box on the card to put your division and regiment number in! (slide 3). Because of this, we know that the soldier who wrote this card served for the 130. Infantry - Regiment in the 33. Division.
Some interesting facts about that regiment are:
1) First fights with a French cavalry unit on 03.08.1914 (victorious)
2) Heavy losses in close quarter combat in the French village of Fleury on 06.09.1914
3) Heavy French artillery fire and counter attacks to retake the village and its surrounding area, first iron crosses are awarded on 09.09.1914
4) Fighting around Varannes, the regiment uses its machine-guns for the first time, heavy French losses on 23.09.1914
5) Fighting in the Argonnenforest, trying to take hill 285 from the French, heavy casualties in January 1915, but they manage to successfully take the hill in June 1915, over 400 French casualties, low German casualties.
6) Fighting in Verdun in August 1916, heavy casualties when over 4. French regiments attack their positions, but they hold the line.
7) December 1916, Somnefront, British counterattack with airplane and artillery support ends in their positions being overrun, an immediate counterattack is ordered but denied by the soldiers, who think of this as suicide.
8) Southern of Charleville in 1917, Reorganisation and training with new equipment, etc. occasional fights with French and British troops, Kompaniechef dies
9) July 1917, German offensive, success with taking a few French villages but losses due to flamethrowers and MGs.
10) Last large scale attack of the regiment on 19.07.18 hills between Soissons and Reims: First the attack is successful, more than 12(!) British/French tanks are destroyed with At-Rifles (...)