World War I: German medical staff, probably in Flanders. Photograph, ca. 1914.
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Eight men in military unifom with Red Cross armbands in a photographer's studio, or possibly on a stage, with a painted backdrop and curtains behind. The two in the front hold a wooden notice chalked with the message "Wer weiss ob wir uns wiedersehen! Res. San Komp. No. 2 XIX AK" (with further text cut off), meaning "Who knows whether we shall see each other again?" followed by the name of the company. This company (No. 2 XIX Armee Korps) appears to have been part of 40. Infanterie-Division from Saxony, which attacked Lille in October 1914. Some members of XIX AK were involved in a celebrated Christmas truce with the British in December 1914 (Lucas and Schmieschek, loc. cit.)