In the late 19th century, German soldiers and sailors could send letters of up to 60 g weight free of postage, if the envelope was marked “Soldatenbrief – Eigene Angelegenheit des Empfängers” (Soldier letter – personal for recipient).

Several printers printed stamps that could be used by the soldiers and sailors in lieu of hand-writing the required language. These stamps were sold in stationery stores and service canteens.

The stamp shown above was printed in panes of 10×10 by H. J. Dauth of Frankfurt am Main in 1884.  This copy is from a sheet of two panes.

Soldatenbrief Sheet Text

These stamps from an unknown printer are in the style of Imperial, Germania-style officials, in both perforated and imperforate varieties.