Faces of the Balkans : Festive Feldartillerie

Here’s a recent addition to my postcard collection which is, conveniently enough, festive. This time we are going over ‘the other side of the wire’ with a German postcard.

I can’t say much more than these cheery chaps are German soldiers in the Balkans. I bought a small collection of cards related to Prussian Feldartillerie Regiment Nr 201 who were in the Vardar Valley for some of 1916, before moving to Rumania. There is no indication of the year depicted. The young chap at bottom left with a moustache is certainly from FAR Nr 201, but I wonder if the other men, in darker uniforms, are Schützen (Rifles). I’m sure someone out there can put me right. What is certain is that you will be seeing more of FAR Nr 201 in 2019, along with their Bulgarian allies.

German soldiers enjoying Christmas in the Balkans.

Author: Andy Hutt

Andy's interest in the campaign comes from his grandfather, Arthur, who served in Salonika as a sapper with the Royal Engineers from 1916-1918. Opinions expressed in these posts are personal and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Society.

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