Shared Photo: Photo from Germany WWI period Bernard

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I wanted to share this family photo in the collection of my late grandfather, Bernard Wittbrodt with the community. Location: Coblenz, Germany. Date: After 1918.

Notes:  Bernard was in the United States Calvary. He trained in Waco, Texas. General Pershing was determined that no person would be sent into battle without proper training. 

He arrived in France in fall of 1917. He spent most of his time in the front. His duties involved moving weapons and other equipment to battle areas. He also took care of horses. His orders were to feed the horses before you feed yourself. He survived a mustard gas attack.

After the Armistice, he was selected to be part of a token army of occupation. American troops were located in Coblenz, Germany. This lasted from December 9, 1918 to sometime in 1919. Then he returned to Auburn, Michigan.

I don't know much about this photo or context. Any insights or educated guesses welcome.

Click here for the image details page or here for the full-sized version (1085 x 587).

WikiTree profile: Bernard Wittbrodt
in Photos by Deborah Nystrom G2G6 (9.7k points)
Great photo, thank you for sharing. Always love to see a little history frozen in time! Maybe taken at, or near a train station. Zugverspatung, written on the board behind the people, means 'train delay'. Hard for me to make out the rest, possibly a schedule delay notification.
Thanks! Much appreciated. :-)

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Thanks for posting your interesting photo.  My grandfather, from Pennsylvania, was also in France for a year sometime between October 1917 and February 1919. He served in the Army's 1st Gas and Flame Regiment and was wounded. I'm still hunting for a photo of him as he died several years before I was born.

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