Photo postcard of German soldier wearing Red Cross armband on left arm. Dates to April 1915, early months of World War I. His regiment participated in the Second Battle of Ypres at the end of that month.
Postmarked 'K.D. Feldpostexp 9.4.15 der 51 Res. Div' and sent to Osnabrück Germany. Also stamped SOLDATEN - BRIEF RES.ERS REGT. 4.
Photo bit dark.
The 51st Reserve Division (51. Reserve-Division) was a unit of the Imperial German Army in World War I. The division was formed in September 1914 and organized over the next month, arriving in the line in October. It was part of the first wave of new divisions formed at the outset of World War I, which were numbered the 43rd through 54th Reserve Divisions. The division was initially part of XXVI Reserve Corps. It was disbanded in 1919 during the demobilization of the German Army after World War I.
The 51st Reserve Division fought on the Western Front, entering the line in mid-October. As part of the so-called Race to the Sea, it fought in the Battle of the Yser in October–November 1914. It remained in positional warfare along the Yser until April 1915. It then took part in the Second Battle of Ypres (22 April) , which involved the first large-scale use of poison gas in World War I.