Bad Goisern, Austria | 1943 | Feldpost

When: November 1943
From: Bad Goisern, Austria
To: Thale am Harz, Germany
Found: Tübingen, Germany
Language: German
Text: Dear Parents! I am sending you the most heartfelt greetings from here. Your boy.
Note: This young solider is spending a cold November just north of Hallstatt. I can’t imagine it being very pleasant, due to war and stuff.
I am not a native German speaker, so if you have a better translation, let me know.
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Le Neubourg, France | 1941 | Feldpost

When: 28 February 1941
From: Le Neubourg, France
To: Thale am Harz, Germany
Found: Tübingen, Germany
Language: German
Text: I tried the birthday cake. I have to say that it was wonderful and I have never tasted anything like it. I wasn’t drunk so I split it in two. I still haven’t received packet #2. Have you received my letter from the 27th and the envelope with postcards from Paris and Prague yet? I am not sure if my mail is being answered. I am sending you my heartfelt greetings. Your boy.
Note: I couldn’t quite read all the handwriting on this card. But it was apparently the young soldiers birthday. It also sounds like he is not sure if his letters are being answered. It must have been a lonely birthday in western France.
I am not a native German speaker, so if you have a better translation, let me know.

Paris, France | 1941 | Feldpost

When: 14 February 1941
From: Paris, France
To: Thale am Harz, Germany
Found: Tübingen, Germany
Language: German
Text: Your boy is sending you heartfelt greetings from Paris.
Note: Well, looks like our soldier made it from Nürnberg to Paris in 4 days. The Arch de Triomphe du Carrousel (Not the big one in the roundabout) looks basically the same. The big Louvre pyramid, however, is pretty new. I included a picture I snapped in 2015.
I am not a native German speaker, so if you have a better translation, let me know.

Nancy, France | 1941 | Feldpost

When: 13 February 1941
From: Nancy, France
To: Thale am Harz, Germany
Found: Tübingen, Germany
Language: German
Text: Your boy is sending you the most heartfelt greetings from Nancy. Tomorrow we’re going to be in Paris.
Note: This young man is marching ever onward to Paris and seems quite excited about it. I am not sure how Parisians will feel. I included the most recent picture I could find from the Hemicycle de la Place Carriere I could find.
I am not a native German speaker, so if you have a better translation, let me know.

Homburg, Germany | 1941 | Feldpost


When: 12 February 1941

From: Homburg-Saar

To: Thale am Harz, Germany

Found: Tübingen, Germany

Language: German

Text: Dear Parents! The most heartfelt greetings from Homburg sent from your boy.

Note: Just one day ago, this young soldier was in Nürnberg and is quickly being sent west. The picture on the card depicts “Adolf-Hitler-Straße”. The name has definitely changed along with many of the buildings. You can see a modern picture of the street above.

I am not a native German speaker, so if you have a better translation, let me know.

Nürnberg, Germany | 1941 | Feldpost

When: 10 February 1941
From: Nürnberg, Germany
To: Thale am Harz, Germany
Found: Tübingen, Germany
Language: German
Text: Dear Parents, I am sending you heartfelt greetings from Nürnberg. Your boy.
Note: This is the first in a series of cards from a young soldier to his parents during the second world war. The cards don’t say much by themselves, but together they tell the the soldiers story of being sent west into France.
Also interesting is the proud declaration on the card that it is from the city Reichsparteitage, the home of the National Socialist Party. the Hauptbahnhof in the city hasn’t changed much is the past decades.
I am not a native German speaker, so if you have a better translation, let me know.

Vienna, Austria | 1941

 

When: June 30, 1941
From: Vienna, Austria
To: Stuttgart, Germany
Found: Tübingen, Germany
Text: Dear Tini,
I arrived in Vienna at 3 o’clock today. Early tomorrow, around 10:25, I am continuing on to Budapest. Vienna is a beautiful city, but in spite of that, I can never forget Stuttgart. I’ll be thinking of you as I continue on tomorrow.
Sweet kisses,
Viktor
Note: Even during war, international love was in the air. Viktor is not a soldier (there would be a feldpost stamp, so I wonder what he was doing during the middle of WW2. Due to several spelling and grammatical errors, I assume that Viktor was Hungarian and not a native German speaker.
I am not a native German speaker, so if you have a better translation, let me know.