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I asked, because I hoped that you can show us a close-up of the man on the far right?

If it arrives safely from Germany, I'll be glad to. I've lost so many cards now that I think I have only about a 65 percent chance of receiving it.

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And here's Bernhard Reddemann in the background, the big guy with a notebook and pencil, his overcoat on his shoulder. The flamethrower is the Kleif M.1914. Notice that he doesn't have a Totenkopf sle

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Brunswick HR17 flask...............(with Prussian skull !!)

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Just bought this. The rear says "Meeting of the Black Hand at the park at_________. 1.6.16"

The Black Hand in Serbia was a nationalist organization that fielded assassins who killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand. The Serbian Black Hand also used a skull-and-crossbones motif. I wonder what the story of this postcard is...?

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Just bought this. The rear says "Meeting of the Black Hand at the park at_________. 1.6.16"

The Black Hand in Serbia was a nationalist organization that fielded assassins who killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand. The Serbian Black Hand also used a skull-and-crossbones motif. I wonder what the story of this postcard is...?

Interesting.

Reminds me of my high school lessons (very MANY years ago!) on the Black Hand and Gavrilo Princep, etc.

But the uniforms look German, not Serbian.

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But the uniforms look German, not Serbian.

Yup. They are indeed Germans. Sorry I didn't clarify. The two seated men and the bearded man may be Guard Pioneers, which is why I bought the card. Anything to do with German Guard Pioneers and Totenkopf makes me excited.

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I wonder what the story of this postcard is...?

Really interesting photo! I would like to know the story, too.

The board with the German inscription "Die Schwarze Hand GmbH"?

GmbH = Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung = Ltd.

A kind of fun photo?

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Really interesting photo! I would like to know the story, too.

The board with the German inscription "Die Schwarze Hand GmbH"?

GmbH = Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung = Ltd.

A kind of fun photo?

I don't know. The Serbian Black Hand (which also used a Totenkopf symbol) started the war by killing Archduke Francis Ferdinand. Maybe this is a sarcastic German joke photo commenting about the war? I can't read the name of the park on the back of the card, but it looks Slavic.

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Thanks very much. I'm trying to find where Yanny is, using Google, and I keep getting information on Yanni the horrible new-age musician!

Thomas, it could also read Yamy. There are a coulpe of places by that name in the Ukraine.

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Several things suggest that it might be an actual German fun society (e.g., Schlaferia, I may have spelled that wrong, an international fun society), of some take-off or parody on same. People meet and drink, have fun-names and mock titles, give each other fake medals, probably have special songs, perhaps parodies. Hardy might expand on this. Or maybe just some fun in a German NCO casino. Despite the rumors, Germans do have a sense of humor, its just different.

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Glasauge?

Glass eye or strabismus, either from a wound or from birth.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strabismus

Could a man with strabismus join the flamethrower regiment if he already had the condition? Or was he wounded and allowed to remain?

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