simple album had heavy paper covers and black construction
paper pages. The jumping horseman and unit - date of event
data were hand drawn. There were no captions but the images
follow an understandable time line.
day starts off with enlisted men helping the officers and
senior NCOs with their horses, then the riders charge into
the Rhoen countryside.
the story unfolds, clearly a few of the wives had sufficient
skills to join the ride.
day consisted of cross country riding and at least two sets
of steeple chase hurdles.
senior officers of the medical training battalion who led
the party charge their horses out of the Saale as the unit
photographer captures the action.
Those faint of heart or with a little more horse sense, seek
a more dignified exit.
everyone safely reassembled, the ride continues.
second set of jumps.
in Bad Kissingen, a general officer greets the party. None
of the faces in the album were recognizable, perhaps one of
the men is Captain - Doctor Michel whose album is also in
now for tea and cake!! I believe these last photos were
taken in the officer barracks and mess at Manteuffel, the
NCO Club during the American forces period and now the BK
civil police station. Not quite clear in the scan but very
recognizable in the actual photo, the painting in the
background shows a Kradschutzen motorcycle set charging down
a trail. Certainly a painting in keeping with the previous
units stationed in Bad Kissingen … what a souvenir that
would have made!