Graves of fallen soldiers near Verdenal, France, Spring 1916, unknown photographer , Rolf Kranz / Europeana 1914-1918, CC BY-SA

During the war 20 soldiers from Hatzenport died and 15 soldiers were injured. Many injuries were so severe that they did not heal, causing lifelong disfiguration or ultimately requiring amputation. Many veterans remained traumatized long after the war.

Max Kranz as an artillery instructor in Cologne in 1918, photographer unknown, Rolf Kranz / Europeana 1914-1918, CC BY-SA
Max Kranz as an artillery instructor in Cologne in 1918, photographer unknown, Rolf Kranz / Europeana 1914-1918, CC BY-SA

From June 1917 until the end of the war Max Kranz belonged to the artillery school in Wahn near Cologne, where he worked as an instructor. After the war he returned to his vineyards in the hills around Hatzenport and lived his life as a wine merchant. He died in 1953 at the age of 66.