I think the numbers 10-11N in the date widow are the time of sending . I'm pretty sure about that,.. but I have same doubts, and kindly ask for confirmation . The N stands for night...? Thank you in advance..
A member of the Italian philatelic forum where I am registered asks for help to understand if the postcard has traveled and why it is without postage stamp. Thanks in advance to those who can help. Ludovico
First the books, then the stamps and then the letters. (E.Diena)
October 1914 . The Great War ( to end all wars) has just begun.
Soldiers and sailors were given concession to send mail without postage charges when away from home “ on active service” . This would be indicated by writing Feldpostkarte as here , or in the case of British servicemen marking the letter O.A.S or On active service” . The British Tommy was also issued with printed Field Service postcards when in France, Egypt , Mesopotamia and Salonica for short weekly messages home.
The concession did not apply to soldiers on leave or stationed in the British Isles, and it only applied in the British Navy when the ship was at sea. Being in a home port or in the fleet base at Scapa Flow sailors had to pay .
I have to confess I don’t know the precise German rules but I believe they would be similar.
I have soldier Field post cards for British. , Indian, French , Belgian, American and Italian soldiers, and Austro Hungarian and German armies as well as British and Italian Navy , all giving free postage. The French and Italian cards are quite colourful printed. All the others are very plain.
rex you actually had a similar feldpostkarte at the start of this thread 16 Oct. from Saarbruken in 1915.
You're absolutely right Alex, I've asked the same thing twice, ..but these old German calligraphies are not easy to decipher. I must say that being unstamped I thought about the free postage feldpost. Anyway THANKS to you for the reassurance and response.
And of course THANKS to salentin for the quick reply.
The two lines below give details of the sender. All I can read is .....Merz No. 3 company .... salentin we need you again to read it for us . I get the impression , mailed in Frankfurt am Main that the sender is a soldier , not a sailor on one of the ships.