- Soldier and lumberjack
The lumberjack Johann Tanzer from Johannesthal (today Janské Údolí/Czech Republic) fought in the First World War from 1915 on as a soldier with the Imperial-Royal Tyrolean Alpine Corps Regiment No. 4. A communication error by the commander-in-chief of the Army in the context of the armistice with the Allies caused him to be taken into captivity on 3 November 1918 by the Italian Army near Trent; he was not discharged until September 1919. In the years of his absence Johann Tanzer kept a notebook in which he not only noted down the stations of his time on the Italian Front – before and during his captivity – but also, for instance, addresses of co-prisoners, Italian vocabulary, and cooking recipes.