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Lot# 1762 - Auction 284 - 290

  • Lot# : 1762 Austria

    Austro - Prussian War 1866: Second and third sheets of letter treated as prepaid with blue crayon cross, mailed by Feldwebel Karpinski, 5th Company of Graf Mazzuchelli, 10th Infantry Regiment of the Line, from the Aspern, Wagram area to Krogulec in Galicia (now Poland), cancelled by circular "K. K. FELDPOST / EXPOS No. 10" datestamp (Aug 1) in black, the Field Post Office being with troops forminmg the defence line for Vienna. Interesting translated contents on the Battle of Blumenau: "During the whole of the battle cannon shot whistled constantly over our heads, the enemy rifle bullets whizzed several times about my ears. The word is that about 100 Austrian soldiers have fallen, especially the bedienungs mannschaft (operating crew, probably of the Artillery) who have lost a third of their number. Our artillery have lost their horses but the enmemy has lost 7 to 800 men. After a hard battle the Prussians have pulled back towards Mäahren, but we foreigners were in Vienna two days later, the Galicians under Oberst. Mandl are known as the Iron Brigade. Afetr three days rest we marched northwards again over the Danube in the direction of Aspern and Wagram and around the Floridsdorf defence (schanzen)....After the battle at Blumenau it was an horrific scene that in 7 hours so many fine men should be dead aand our Arttillery almost gone..". Reverse with Vienna (Aug 2) and Lemberg cds (Aug 6). The War began on June 14, 1866 and ended Aug 23, 1866, this being a very rare Field Post Office. Ex collection Keith Tranmer.
    Starting bid : 750 CHF
    Hammer price : 750 CHF