This postcard shows a wagon loaded with the wreckage of an airplane.
SANKE CARD Nr 512 – PLM WINNER KARL EMIL SCHÄFER
This is Sanke Card Nr 512, featuring Karl Emil Schäfer. Schäfer was one of Jasta 11’s early heroes, along with Manfred von Richthofen, Lothar von Richthofen, Karl Wolff, and Karl Allmenröder. Schäfer joined Jasta 11 in February 1917. Schäefer had a spectacular record. By the end of “Bloody April” 1917, he had twenty-three confirmed victories and his PLM. In late April he was transferred to Jasta 28 as its Jastaführer. He was killed in early June 1917, with a total of thirty victories. He was the first of the early Jasta 11 lads to die in combat. Only one of Jasta 11’s original stars survived WW I, Lothar von Richthofen. On this Sanke Card Schäfer is standing by an airplane with only a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class on his tunic. It has been removed from a photo album.
This “Death” postcard shows Oswald Boelcke in his classic pose of right hand on hip. Below his image is a poem alluding to his death on 28 October 1916. This card is a period Kriegs Karte that was a remake of both a Sanke and a Gustav Liersch postcard.
I'm Kenneth (Ken) J. Greenfield, currently of New Port Richey, Florida, located on the West Coast of Florida in the Tampa Bay area. I started out as a collector of Imperial German Militaria, particularly items dealing with the Imperial German Air Service in the early 1960's. After more than forty years of avid collecting, I began to sell a few items to upgrade my collection and help finance my collecting "habit." I attended militaria shows, both to buy and sell. I wanted to spend more time at home and less traveling for the national companies that I had worked for; so, starting my own business seemed like an attractive alternative. I like nothing better than talking with others about militaria, and introducing newcomers to the joys of owning a "piece of history."