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Mangelsdorff family papers


Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

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Title: Mangelsdorff family papers, 1915-1944Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1915--1918, 1942, 1944

ID: 1/7/MSS 228

Primary Creator: Mangelsdorff family

Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.

Subjects: Germany - Armed forces, Mangelsdorff, Bernhard., Mangelsdorff, Ernst., Mangelsdorff, Helmuth., World War, 1914-1918

Forms of Material: Correspondence., Mangelsdorff, Bernhard. - Correspondence, Mangelsdorff, Ernst. - Correspondence, Mangelsdorff, Helmuth. - Correspondence, Postcards, Soldiers - Germany - Correspondence

Languages: German

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains 128 letters and cards, written in German, dating from 1915-1918, 1942 and 1944.  Most of the cards were written from one member of the Mangelsdorff family to another and give a personal perspective about the first world war and life on the German front.

Biographical Note

Ernst, Bernhard, and Helmuth Mangelsdorff were brothers from Frankfurt am Main.  They also had 2 younger siblings, Wilhelm (Willi) and Ella, to whom they often wrote.  Ernst was the first to join the German army, and his 2 brothers followed shortly thereafter.  Ernst was in Field Artillery Regiment 111, Unit 1, Battery 3, and Infantry Division 56.  Helmuth was in Reserve Field Artillery Regiment 56, Unit 2, 2nd Line Ammunitions.  Bernhard began training for service in Darmstadt on January 3, 1917.  He was in Regiment 118, Replacement Battalion Company 2, Squad 6.  In June of 1917, Bernhard was finished with his training and began working at Field Recruit Depot 919.  Bernhard's birthday was on May 6th. 

Ernst and Bernhard were both injured in late 1917, and Ernst's injury resulted in his death.  On November 7, 1917, Bernhard writes home that he has received the news of his brother's death.  After Bernhard was injured, he was then placed in Infantry Regiment 118, Battalion 3, and Company 11.

Subject/Index Terms

Germany - Armed forces
Mangelsdorff, Bernhard.
Mangelsdorff, Ernst.
Mangelsdorff, Helmuth.
World War, 1914-1918

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Acquisition Source: Purchased.

Preferred Citation: [Item], Mangelsdorff family papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

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