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paintings and drawings of German Soldiers

Discussion in 'Trench Art' started by Skipper, Mar 24, 2010.

  1. Skipper

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    During the 3rd Reich period various German artists made painting and drawing to glorify the German army, these propaganda scenes were sometimes printed on postcards. Original postcards from the 1933-1945 period are popular items for collectors. I have a couple which were donated to me by a Veteran who brought these back from Germany in 1945 when he returned home.

    the first one is an early war drawing depicting an unlikey scene of a German tank sinking a British Warship in the Eismeer aera. I has a bilingual description for Finns and Germans.
    "Deutscher Panzerkampfwagen beschiesst englische Flotteneinheiten" =
    "Saksalainen hyökkäysvaunu ampuu englantilaisia laivasttoyksikkköjä"
    which means "German tank shooting at English naval units"

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    The second drawing is artwork signed by Hermnn Schneider. The card is tank "MK2 near Panewo"

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    and the third one is a drawing (between the Battles = Zwischen den kämpfen)

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    nice find skipper. Excellent drawings. Do you own them?
     
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    Thanks Skipper, for all our differences we are all,,,,,,, ah what's the use. Great retrospective of the Soldiers life.
     
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    Hi Suzie, these WWII postcards were donated to me by a veteran, not the paintings. By the way I just noted the Schneider one is dated 1942
     
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    still that's a nice piece to own. I wonder what an original piece like that would be worth. Got to be in the thousands of dollars.. Lucky collector who owns a painting like those. Thanks skip for sharing.
     
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    Thanks Suzie, I am actually trying to find other similar cards, I believe the Germans issued a whole bunch of them. there is a Reference number on two of them which shows there are dozens of different models issued. The Finnish one has no printing on the back
     
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    very nice Skip you of course know all about the Willrich cards and expanded painting sets of the war. ?
     
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    I know about the the ones you got in cigarette packs, but not about the postcard version
     
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    yes he also did multi-media things not just all ww-2 though that is what he is of course noted for. yes postcards as well as paintings. Of course now I have to look for what I have stored ............
     
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    You'd better Erich, I did the same and found some useful information . I have an editor name for the cards it is Gutjahr: ERICH Gutjahr, Berlin NW 40 Lehrter Strasse 40 (named after Lehr?) . I also hav ehte name of the painter who drew the 2 grenadiers: F AHLERS.

    More about Schneider too: he was apparently an Kriegsberichter (war reporter) as wall as an artist .
     

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