GERMANY – SANKE – LEUTNANT KARL BOLLE – NR 657
During WW I there were three well known publishers and a newly discovered firm (New to me at any rate).
The best known firm is that of Willy Sanke. The two other well-known firms included NPG and Gustav Liersch. These firms often used the same photos that Sanke did. The other firm is Harry Rothenberg which was located in Silesia which was the ancestral home of the von Richthofens. As an aside you will also come across Kriegs Kartes. These are cheap knock off reproductions and the quality is VERY poor. I don’t even bother with them and if I get one in a larger group of Sanke, NPG, and Liersch I either throw them away or sell them for $10.00. That tells you how poor they are.
This is Sanke card Nr 657 of Leutnant Karl Bolle (1893-1950). He began his military career in 1913 as a One Year Volunteer in a Kürassier Regiment. In 1914-1916 he served with this regiment. He was wounded at least once during this time. He then transferred to the Imperial German Air Service in 1916. He was then assigned to an observation squadron and his observer was Lothar von Richthofen. He finally moved to Jasta 28. He was then posted to Jasta 2 in February 1918 (Jasta Boelcke). Jasta 2 had lost three PLM winners who commanded the Jasta in short order. He was to be the final commander of Jasta 2 and from the time he was made commander Jasta 2 which flew Fokker Dr 1’s had the second most victories of any Jasta.
He would receive the Orden Pour le Mérite on 28 August 1918 and would finish the war with thirty-six victories. He held a number of jobs after the war including some aviation related. He did not formally serve in the Luftwaffe but served as an advisor to Hermann Göring.
In this pose Bolle is seated and can be seen from the waist up. At this point he was a Leutnant so he was still with Jasta 28. He was promoted to Oberleutnant when given command of Jasta 2. He is seen wearing a M-1915 feldbluse and a visor cap. On his left breast is a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class and a Prussian pilot badge. He is also wearing a ribbon bar for the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class and two other equivalents to the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class.
The postcard has never been mailed. On the reverse there are notes from a German collector in black ink about Bolle and his career.