The Schreibstube

Schreibstube is the German term for “orderly room”, i.e. the barracks of a battalion or company used for general administrative purposes. The sign indicates that we’re at the orderly room of the 8th company of a unidentified regiment, but I don’t think there’s any barrack in the surroundings; it should be more probably some hut in the woods. I was struck by the sign, which is beautifully done. You can read the name of the responsible of this orderly room: Feldwebel Hofmann (is he the man on the picture?). Some elements of it may remain mysterious for a long time, such as the word “Herold” which doesn’t sound German and the iconography of a well.



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