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His laundry goes to the post office and Walter came home with a surprise.

Poginki, 25/8/1916
Mein liebes Rosalchen,
Heute bin ich nun wieder auf Wache. Da ist es immer noch am schönsten. Heute habe ich das grosse Paket mit der Wäsche fertig gemacht, die Büchse die ich da hatte habe (ich) mit eingepa(c)kt, bis auf eine die will ich heute warm machen und essen; die schick ich dann einzeln zurück, in dem Paket ist ein Hemd, ein Unterhose, ein paar Strümpfe und ein Taschentuch und die Büchsen. Ein paar Zeilen beizulegen, habe ich vergessen und das Paket wollte ich nicht wieder aufmachen, ich habe es in Sakleinen (he probably means “Sachleinen”- bag linnen?) eingenäht, nun muss ich mir erst die Bescheinigung noch ausstellen lassen. Mit dem Urlaub wird es wohl so sein es sollen noch 70 Gesuche dasein, da müssen wir eben warten bis ich daran komme. Die beide Flaschen habe ich sofort nach Empfang zurückgeschi(c)kt allemal an dem Tage wo ich sie erhalten habe, da ich doch die eine leere da habe.
Jetzt eben die Post erhalten, deinen lieben Brief N° 226 und von Else ein Päktchen, eine Buchse mit Wirsing von 19/8 . Sage Euch recht vielen Dank dafür, natürlich mache ich die Sachen im Kochloch warm, aber im Komp(anie) Revier sollten wir dass nicht machen.
Also hat Walter einen Hund mitgebracht, ist dass der den wir gehabt haben? Walter freut sich also über den Hund, er soll sich nur nicht beissen lassen. Die Taschenlampe habe ich erhalten dieselbe ist ganz schön.
Mir geht es soweit noch ganz gut, nur einmal wieder bei Euch Lieben sein mögte ich. Inder Hoffnung, dass es dir liebes Rosalchen unsern kl(einen) Walter den Eltern Else u(nd) Walter gut geht grüsst u(nd) küsst dich 1000 mal dein treuer Karl.
Upside down: Was macht deine Mutter, viele Grüsse an deine Eltern
 

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Ach, du lieber!! I translated this and then it was deleted when I posted it. <SIGH!> I will do it again later today.


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Poginki, 25/8/1916

My dearest little Rosa.
Today I am once again standing watch. That is still the best. Today I got the large parcel with the dirty laundry ready, I packed the tins that I had there , except for one that I will heat and eat today; I will send that one on its own later, in the parcel there is a shirt, shorts, a pair of socks, a handkerchief and the tins. I've sown it in sack linen, now I must make the papers ready too. As for the leave it will probably come to nothing, they say there are 70 applications, then we just have to wait until it is my turn. I sent both the bottles as soon as I got them actually on the day I got them as I still have the one empty one there. Now I've also gotten the mail, your dear letter number 226 and from Else a parcel, a box of savoy of the 19th of August. Say many thanks to her for it, naturally I heat the things in the cooking hole :confused: , but in the company area we are not to do that. Also Walter brought a dog, is that the one that we used to have? Walter enjoys the company of the dog, he just shouldn't let it bite him. I got the flashlight it is very nice. So far I'm fine, I only wish I could be with you dears once more. In the hope that you dear little Rosa, our little Walter, the Parents, Else and Walter are fine, your true Karl greets and kisses you a thousand times.

Upside down: What does your mother do (How is your mother?), many greetings to your parents.
 

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Well BC! Never been in the woods with gun and "Sturmgepäck"? "Cooking hole" is a correct translation for me. We made cooking holes the size of an upside down helmet. A "small branches fire" (enough of them :D) will not be blown out by the wind. If you are so lucky to be in a pine wood, the lowest, short and broken branches of a pine tree always can be lit, even after days of heavy rain. You can always shave with the rest of your coffee :cool:.
 

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Well BC! Never been in the woods with gun and "Sturmgepäck"? "Cooking hole" is a correct translation for me. We made cooking holes the size of an upside down helmet. A "small branches fire" (enough of them :D) will not be blown out by the wind. If you are so lucky to be in a pine wood, the lowest, short and broken branches of a pine tree always can be lit, even after days of heavy rain. You can always shave with the rest of your coffee :cool:.

Sounds like a trench fire and widow's wood.

Trench fire is a great way to cook for a small group and not be very noticeable.

Widow's wood is what we've always called the dead wood on the bottom of evergreen trees. Easy to gather (still on the tree), dry and easily burned.

Glad to see Karl and his adventures are back - thanx to all!
 

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Sounds like a trench fire and widow's wood.

Trench fire is a great way to cook for a small group and not be very noticeable.

Widow's wood is what we've always called the dead wood on the bottom of evergreen trees. Easy to gather (still on the tree), dry and easily burned.

Glad to see Karl and his adventures are back - thanx to all!
That brings back dear childhood memories jebber. Dead pine branches, dry and easily available, the best smell you can get from a campfire...

As for Karl being back, I'm glad you enjoy what we do. I find this series of letters very interesting as it tells the stories that are so seldom told, about the ones behind the front and all the things that need doing there. Also the fact that this is from the eastern front is great, I wonder what he said about the russian revolution, how were they affected? But, we'll find out in the future.
 
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