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The attached WWI postcard was sold to support the unit fund of the II. Batl. 1. bayer. Fuß-Art.-Regt.  Any help with the meaning of the text?  Dankschee!

This postcard was sold to support the unit fund of the II. Batl. 1. bayer. Fuß-Art.-Regt.:

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Wenn mein Vater der König wär , und der Kaiser mein Patenonkel , wär ich dann der arme Kerl , der ich jetzt bin - nein

Free translated : If my father would be the king and the emperor my godfather , would I be the poor guy I am now - No

 

I think they wants to say that they are poor guys with poor food , look at the apples , and the high people like kings are living good while they do not at the front..... very critical card if I understand right

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It certainly has the ring that soldier's in the line are not the "fortunate sons."  Interesting that it was sold for the benefit of the unit fund.  One would think it would have had a more patriotic tone.  Perhaps it's meant more in humor than as criticism.

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I think that there are some meanings for the word fretter..... Geizhals too but also "armer Kerl" oder "armer Schlucker".... I thought that the version with the poor guy would fit better here ;)

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There is another explanation from the German Duden

jemand, der sich nur mühsam durchbringt

and I think that is the right explanation.

Regards
Andreas

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