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Remembered Today:

Translate a German Postcard?


Ian C
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To my dear husband

To protect the Fatherland,

To defend against the foe

You went out;

Wreathed with laurel,

Decorated with iron

Come back.

A lucky New Year!

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Slightly different, but I think it captures the sentiments better:

To my dear husband

To protect the Fatherland,

To defy the foe

You went away

Wreathed with laurel.

Return

Decorated with iron

May the New Year bring happiness!

Cheers

Colin

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Ah, well, I was just trying to maintain the line sequence. :D

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A compromise:

Colin conveys the main sentiments more accurately, but Mik has the slogan at the bottom better conveyed - the emphasis is on luck, or fortune, in the New Year, rather than happiness; the two are not necessarily the same.

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I also have to say I think the 'Wreathed with laurel' bit refers to the coming back, not the going out, because of the preceding semicolon.

But by gum, we can get picky 'ere, eh? ;)

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"Deine beiden Karten haben wir erhalten, vielen dank.

Die photographische aufnahme ist sehr schon.

Viele herzliche gruße und küsse

deine Marie"

"We have received both your postcards, many thanks.

The photograph is very nice.

Many greetings and kisses

your Marie"

It says something above that message, but I can't quite make out the letters.

It's from "your Marie" too

And it's adressed to

Unteroffizier Reinecke

Landsturm Inf. Battl. Siegen

Zahlmeisterbureau

in Wasselnheim

b(ei) Strassburg in Elß (Elsas)

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