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This is a weird one. The men in the photo are from several different units. Infantry shoulder straps show 229, 253, and 315. There's a field artillery strap with "8" and a "MW 89" strap. The man in front with the high boots has "12" on his shoulder straps, and the soldier to the right of him has a Bavarian cockade. In the back is a pipe-smoking soldier with glasses and a Württemberg cockade on an artillery or pioneer cap, and standing on the far right is a Romanian prisoner. The Austrian soldiers are from unidentified units.

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Hi,

very hard to read:

14.IV. 17.

Sende ich Ihnen die besten Grüße und teile Ihnen mit, daß ich seit 10. ? ? in der ? bin und war in [different locations?] in der Hoffnung, daß sie meine Karte bei bester Gesundheit antrifft verbleibe

Ihr Vizefeldwebel Jörg ???

Uwe

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14.IV. 17.

Sende ich Ihnen die besten Grüße und teile Ihnen mit, daß ich seit 10. d. Mts. [10. des Monats] in der Heimat bin und zwar im Vereinslazarett St. Ottilien in Oberbayern in der Hoffnung, daß sie meine Karte bei bester Gesundheit antrifft verbleibe

Ihr Vizefeldwebel Jörg ???

(Added and corrected some things)

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So, in English:

"I send you the best greetings and communicate to you that I am since 10th of the month in the homeland in the collective(?) hospital St. Ottilien in Upper Bavaria, in the hope that my card finds you in the best of health, I remain your Vizefeldwebel Jörg _________"

Thanks, guys. I appreciate it.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Hello!

Vereinslazerett.

There were 85 Vereinslazarett-Züge. This hospitals recieved their equipment and were run by civilian organisations or the communes where they used to be.

Would there be Austrians and a Romanian at such a hospital in Upper Bavaria? Or was this photo taken in Romania but sent from Upper Bavaria?

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