Improvised German sign `Richthofenstr' (Richthofen Street) : Colonel A E Shepherd, Australian Army Medical Corps

Place Europe: France
Accession Number RELAWM13879.002
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Paint, Wood
Location Main Bld: First World War Gallery: Western Front 1918: Villers Bretonneaux
Maker German Army
Place made Western Front
Date made c 1916-1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Improvised trench or street sign made from a piece of tin. The front has been painted black with the text 'Richthofenstr.' painted in white. There is a hole in each end to secure the sign and there is a bullet or shrapnel hole near the base of the letter 'f'.

History / Summary

Improvised German street or trench sign collected by Colonel Arthur Edmund Shepherd while serving on the Western Front. The street is named after Manfred Albrecht von Richthofen, the famous German air ace. Unfortunately the area where 'Richthofen Strasse' was located is unknown.