Soldiers’ Postcards and Staying Connected in the Pandemic

Postcard depicting an officers’ casino during World War I. Courtesy of Mick/Grobby on the Great War Forum.

On 1 August 1915, German army reservist Albert Bordfeld sat down and wrote a postcard to the reverend pastor in his hometown of Ohrum in Saxony. “How are you all doing?” he asked. “Hopefully very well. Who would have thought that the war would last so long?”

One year prior, on 1 August 1914, the Great War — World War I — had begun. Few expected it to drag on for…