VERY RARE original late 1800s/early 1900s photo CDV depicting a German military regiment. Flags above the soldiers are tough to read. From research, the first states "Zur Erinnerung an Unsere Dieustzeit Volksgrenadier", which translates to "In memory of our people's infantryman". The second, as best as I can make out and from research reads, "Hoch Lebe die Reich ders Compagnie Regiment", which translates to "long live the company regiment". Front and center, a sign reads, "Parole Heimath", which has long since been a German military phrase basically meaning "Homeward Bound". Basically, this photo depicts the surviving members of the regiment who are finally heading home after serving their time for the German army.
Based on the soldiers' attire and guns, this photo dates between 1888 to 1910s. The guns pictured are Gewehr 88 rifles, released in 1888. In 1898, Gewehr 98 rifles were released and quickly became the more standard weapon of choice for the German army. The Gewehr 88 rifles were given to German allies at that time, such as Turkish soldiers. By the start of WWI, the Gewehr 88 was rarely seen as the weapon of choice for German soldiers and certainly not advertised in a formal memorial photo.
Photograph itself measures approximately 11 3/4" x 7 1/2".
Great condition! Original printing. Photo has been safely stored in plastic sleeve with cardboard backing for many years, away from sunlight.
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