Donnerbalken

Here are a number of photographs showing how German soldiers went to the bathroom. Germans found going to the bathroom to be a hilarious subject to photograph. Consequently there are thousands of photographs of Germans defecating or urinating. This gives us a rich selection of images to use to document this important subject. In general, the most common form of the toilet appears to be the "donnerbalken" or thunder rail, which is a bar that the soldier sat upon allowing him to suspend his bottom above a slit trench. More familiar to Americans, though decidedly less common, is the outhouse with at least two walls and sometimes a door.

 

These photographs were taken from a number of online sources and auction sites.  They are presented here for educaitonal purposes.  

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