Group of soldiers standing around a Christmas tree


Title
Group of soldiers standing around a Christmas tree
Description
Gelatin photograph of a group of soldiers, most in uniform, standing around a decorated Christmas tree. A sign in front of the tree reads "Gesegneve Weihnachten 1916" (Blessed Christmas). One man in the middle on the right is holding a small puppy in his arms. There is writing on the back in German. This photograph was among fourteen gelatin photographs and four printed postcards that belonged to Emil Görling. Görling, a German solider during World War I, was a member of the Aufraumungs-Arbeit (literally translated as the “clean-up” crew) in the 3rd Landwehr Division of the Imperial German Army. Görling’s division participated in the 1918 German Spring Offensive in France. The recipient of the postcards was Ewald Görling who lived in Hamburg, Germany.
Date
December 1916
Original Format
photographs
Extent
13cm x 8cm
Local Identifier
1200-b1-fa-i10
Subject(s)
Spatial
Location of Original
East Carolina Manuscript Collection
Rights
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Comments

Martha Elmore Oct 18 2017

Emil Görling, a German solider during World War I, was a member of the Aufraumungs-Arbeit (literally translated as the “clean-up” crew) in the 3rd Landwehr Division of the Imperial German Army. Görling’s division participated in the 1918 German Spring Offensive in France. The image here was among 14 gelatin photographs and 4 printed postcards that belonged to him. The material in the collection shows both the horror of war and the pastimes of soldiers everywhere.

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