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Catalog Number 2014.27.1
Object Name Postcard
Accession number 2014.27
Description Personal postcard from Wilhelm Pleimes to Karl Rosendahl
Date: January 17, 1915 (postmark seems to be mislabeled 18 January 1914, but letter is signed 17.1.15)
Document in German

In this personal postcard between two soldiers, Pleimes, who is fighting in Russian Poland, compares his situation with that of Vize-Wachmeister Karl Rosendahl, who was probably fighting with the 10. Reserve Armeekorps on the Western front. Pleimes reports that the cold in Russian Poland is manageable but he has lost weight and gotten in a gunfight recently with the Russians.

Translation:
[front, right side]
To
Staff Sergeant C. Rosendahl
10th Reserve Corps
Reserve Artillery Munitions Column 34
Western theater of war

[front, right side]
17 January 1915
Dear Carl, Yesterday I received your nice card from Dec. 31st. I was really happy to receive it and thank you sincerely for it. As for me, since 28 September I've been in inhospitable Russian Poland, which I have almost entirely crisscrossed on forces marches. I also took part in the great strategic withdrawal, always fairly close to the enemy. In some ways fighting the war

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where you are may be more pleasant than here. Until now, the cold has been tolerable. There have only occasionally been small amounts of snow, and the frost has only been slight. Unfortunately the weather here has immensely hindered our operations. If we were finished here, it would also likely move more quickly for you guys. In terms of health, I'm still fit, even if I've lost a nice number of pounds. Still, that doesn't do any harm; in the loving care of our wives we'll make up what we've lost. Hopefully the time of our return home is no longer too far away. On 6 January we had a little shootout with the Russians, which luckily didn't end up too bloody for us. In the meantime, the contact from Hans and El. in Peine is getting better.
Hoping for a speedy return & joyful reunion, I greet you cordially,
your Wilhelm Pleimes


Transcription:
[front, right side]
An
den Vize-Wachtmeister C. Rosendahl
10. Reserve-Armeekorps
Res. Art. Neun. Hol. 34
Westl. Kriegsschauplatz

[front, right side]
17.1.15.
L. Carl! Gestern erhielt
ich deine liebe Karte vom
31.12. Ich habe mich herzlich
darüber gefreut & danke
dir bestens dafür. Ich selbst
bin nun schon seit 28.9 in
den unwirtlichen russischen
Polen, das ich auf Gewalt-
märschen fast ganz kreuz &
quer durchwandert habe.
Auch den großen strategischen
Ruckzüg habe, immer ziem-
lich nahe am Feind, mit-
gemacht. In mancher
Hinsicht mag der Krieg-

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führer da drüben bei Euch angenemher sein als hier
die Kälte ist bis jetzt, hier zu ertragen. Schnee lag nur zeitweise
in geringen Mengen, der Frost war nur gering. Leider erschwert
das gegenwärtige Regenwetter die Operationen unge-
mein. Wären wir erst hier fertig, dann sollte es wohl
auch bei Euch schneller gehen. Gesundheitlich bin ich noch auf
der Höhe, wenn auch eine schöne Anzahl von Pfunden
verloren gegangen ist. Doch das schadet nichts, unter der
sorgsamen Pflege unserer lieben Frauen werden wir das
Versäumte halb wieder nachholen. Hoffentlich ist der
Zeitpunkt unserer Heimkehr nicht mehr zu ferne.
Am 6.1. fochten wir eine kleine Schießerei mit den Russen,
die zum Glück wenig blutig für uns ausging.
Inzwischen wird die Verbindung durch das Unternehmen
von Hans & El. in Peine besser werden.
Auf baldige Rüchkehr & frohes Wiedersehen hoffend, grüßt dich herzl.
dein Wilhelm Pleimes


From the collection of personal wartime letters received by German Vize-Wachtmeister Karl Rosendahl in the 10. Reserve Armeekorps and his wife Frieda Rosdendahl, who lived in Riemsloh in Melle, Germany.

Date January 17, 1915
Year Range from 1915
Year Range to 1915
People Rosendahl, Karl
Subjects German
World War I
Eastern front
Russians
Snow