During WW I, War Communications (Kriegs-Kommunikationen) were issued on a daily basis to advise about the day’s occurrences. This is Nr 1163, dated 12 May 1917.
The document measures 12 1/4″ x 11 ½.” It is bordered with Germany’s national colors (black, white and red). In the upper left corner is an oversized 1914 Iron Cross. News of the day’s fighting is posted by the Grosses Haupt=Quartier (General Headquarters). It mentions actions from Heeresgruppe Kronprinz Rupprecht (Bavaria’s Crown Prince), Heeresgruppe Herzog Albrecht, (Württemberg’s heir to the throne) and Heeresgruppe Deutscher Kronprinz (Wilhelm, Kaiser Wilhelm II’s eldest son and heir). A special dispatch from General Ludendorff is included, as well as mention of action by a Leutnant v. Richthofen. Finally information on the sinking of 53,000 tons of enemy shipping came from the Chef des Admiralstabs der Marine (Chief of the Admiralty).