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: SCS Web Editor

Robin Braysher joined the SCS in 2003 and soon after became editor of the Society's journal - 'The New Mosquito' - a role he held until 2008. He then became the Society's web editor, a role he seems unable to shake off. His interest in the campaign comes from his grandfather, Fred, who served as a cyclist with the BSF from 1915 to 1917, mainly in the Struma valley. Opinions expressed in these posts are his and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Society.