Sketches from the First World War

Text by Dr. Stephen Bull* This small pencil sketch on a field postcard was sent by Hans Gaigl, a soldier with the Bayrischen Landwehr Fußartillerie Batallion Nr. 2, 6. Batterie, to his wife Marie in Munich in November 1917. It …


World War I nursery rhymes

If the English could only guess That they also cannot expect great happiness They will want to return to peace Scared of our power, they will breathless run, From the German gun. Written and illustrated by the Koepke siblings in …


Memorabilia from World War I

Hundreds of participants of all ages have contributed a great variety of personal memorabilia from World War I to the online project www.europeana1914-1918.eu. Due to the overwhelming success, four additional participation days will take place in Dresden, Erfurt, Kiel and …


Delousing chit from the World War I

This amusing item was uncovered at the digitisation roadshow in Berlin last month. Looking rather like a cartoon bank note the delousing chit informed the bearer that he was now clean and free of the vermin of the trenches. Most likely …