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Friday, August 13, 2010

OIdest German Soldier Came From Sweden?

Old newspapers can be like a gold mine. In a Swedish weekly from 1915 I found a German WWI photograph with a Swedish connection. Who knows more about this soldier?

This photograph was published in the Swedish weekly Vecko-Journalen (defunct since many years) on January 17, 1915:


Germany´s oldest and youngest soldier, according to a Swedish weekly. The oldest soldier being a resident of Sweden.

The original caption translated by yours truly: "GERMANY´S OLDEST AND YOUNGEST SOLDIER The above rather unique photograph shows Germany´s oldest and youngest soldier, like comrades side by side. The old man with the large beard is the 69-year old factory owner H.R. Huss from Helsingborg [in south Sweden]. Huss, who was born in Germany and participated in the Franco-German War of 1870, has since August 11 [1915] served in a field artillery regiment on the front line in Western Flanders. He has now been at home to celebrate Christmas in Helsingborg, but will again be on his post on January 16. The little infantryman at his side is 15 years old but has already managed to take part in 7 large battles."

Was there anyone older than Mr. H.R. Huss? Did he survive, return to Sweden and become a Swedish citizen? What about the boy´s fate???

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