shows the Machine Gun Company of the II.
Matrosen Division taken in Magdeburg, Germany
during the First World War. It is dated 15th
The photograph may have been taken
during training. Units like this served on the Western Front in
Flanders as part of the Marinekorps Flandern.
The two officers in the centre wear
the dark blue double breasted naval officers jacket and matching
caps. The senior officer on the left has his rank shown in the
form of yellow metallic lace bars on the cuffs while the junior
officer with the sword on the right has a chevron to denote his
The other ranks Matrosen wear the
field grey naval top introduced in 1916. Their trousers and
other ranks caps are also in field grey with black tallies. Note
that some of the Matrosen wear specialist insignia on their left
arms. Many of the Matrosen are seen to carry the naval Luger
pistol with it ammunition and cleaning kit worn strapped across
The back of the postcard is shown
below. This interestingly shows a unit stamp of the II. Matrosen
Division and a postmark showing the date and location.
for sharing this family photograph with us. Please respect his
generosity by not reproducing it without prior permission.