I was absolutely delighted and thank you warmly, loved ones, for your dear note and impeccable gift package. Gifts are rare now, and it's quite an event whenever someone is sent something so nice. At the moment I'm staying with the reserve brigade at a rest position. The middle of next week, however, it's back to the trenches. These days leading up are coveted because of constant drill in the rest position. Two days ago I finally asserted my independence. I see myself much better now since I've had the position and salary of a company commander. Now I only wish to stay healthy, so I may stand outside before the enemy until a victorious peace settlement.
To you, my loved ones, and especially to my tender little Eva, I wish a whole lot of sunshine on the magnificent lakeside so you can return home and recuperate in your beautiful home.
Thinking of you often
PS: The picture was taken on the Rhine. Next to me is sitting Corporal aspirant Sperling, both of us were in the happiest of moods.
Sorry for the fast and loose translation... this one was great because I liked the pic and could read the postcard since it wasn't in script. I know it's not literal, and and am not trying to offset the official translation.
"Protocol, Geritol, and Alcohol..."