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Here's one who may not have made it. It was written by Kurt Espig, then Gefreiter in the 123rd infantry division, field artillery, regiment 245, 3rd light munitions column (kolonne).
It says: Leaving Wurzen.
The flowers clearly mean they are leaving for the front.

It was sent to Riesa an elbe in saxony from the field post station number 3 of the 6th army on the 7th of june 1915. One of the three men is Kurt Espig, I don't know which one, sadly.

The only Kurt Espig I could find was killed 31st of may 1918, had the rank of liuetenant and was buried in france in Crécy-au-Mont. Whether it was the same one is far from certain, but I'll try to find out.
 

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Here's one of the many who didn't make it through the battle of the Somme... This is Xaver Blieninger. He is now buried in St.Laurent-Blangy in france in a mass grave along with 24 870 german soldiers of whom 11 587 were never identified.

The text reads (Only partial translation):

Xaver Blieninger
Farmers son from Prölling
Soldier in the bavarian reserve infantry regiment number 15, 5th company.

Who died a hero's death in the battles of the Somme on the 30th of october 1916, in his 31st year, for his fatherland.

The last verse of the poem reads:

The hour of death struck too early,
though god the lord decided it;
The hero's death for the fatherland,
you died for us in the enemys land.


Here's what the German war graves commission has recorded:

Nachname: Blieninger
Vorname: Xaver
Dienstgrad: Infanterist
Todes-/Vermisstendatum: 30.10.1916
Todesort: b. Transloy

Xaver Blieninger ruht auf der Kriegsgräberstätte in St.Laurent-Blangy (Frankreich) .
Endgrablage: Kameradengrab
 

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The reverse reads:
"Regiment in Eskadron kolonne bei vor ansprache des kommandantens. (Links die II. Eskadron).
This translates to:
"The regiment in squadron(?) column at pre(attack?) speech by the Commander. (left the II squadron).
 

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This picture was certainly taken on the western front, the french inscription on the ruined store must be read as follows: "Epicerie - Mercerie". Those old enough to remember know these shops where one could buy from vegetables and other food to buttons, needles and ribbons.

A dramatic image in a ruined city...
 

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This picture is of Musketier Paul Koehler, III company, 72 Reserve Infantry Regiment taken near Altengrabow (still a German Bundeswehr training area near Brandenburg) on or about August 11, 1918 addressed to Mrs. Martha Hermann of Luckenau (in Saxony).
 

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MG school or Armourer's Course:
See the "Waffenmeister"(guy with chevrons and feed block,) with his apron, and his assistant (also with apron holding the Spade grip backplate and a cleaning rag;) also the Kar98a in "Stacked rifles" position by their stacking hooks; and the "rear echelon" appearance (buildings, horse drawn wagons, general dress,etc.
 

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Posed trench photo.

This soldier (sender) was in the 106th JR which was with the 58 division, the 58th had suffered heavey losses about a month before this card was sent (the 106th JR II batalion, suffered the loss of 22 officers and 612 men, and the 58th was at rest when the card was sent, in the vicinity of Douai.
 
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