It was not uncommon for German soldiers to use plain cards to write home, decorating them with their own pictures. Easter and Christmas festive designs, as well as trench scenes, survive in some numbers. Bavarian Hans Gaigl was however a particularly accomplished artist, whose wide ranging and evocative wartime subject matter on cards included landscapes and scenes, portraits of soldiers of various nations, and women, both grieving for war dead, and nudes.
(Text by Dr. Stephen Bull)
You can find more of Hans Gaigl's cards by searching the online First World War archive.