IVER HENNINGSEN

Iver Henningsen was born in Haderslev, then a part of Germany. He earned his living as a wagon-painter.When the war broke out in 1914 he was 40 years old. In the beginning of 1915 he joined the army and was trained as a soldier in Kellinghusen near Hamburg.

In februar 1915 he was sent east as a medic and reached the front few days before the Germans launched an attack on the Russians in The Masurian Lake District. The russians was forced back, but not with out fierce fighting and many were left dead or wounded on the freezing cold and snow covered battlefields. There was plenty of work to be done by the medics.

The German advance was, however, brougt to a halt before they reached the heavily fortified city Kaunas. In the spring the Russians tried to break through, but failed and during the summer the Germans renewed their attack and in the fall they were closing in on Daugavpils and Riga. Long distances had to be traversed on foot on the wide, almost featureless steppes of Lithuania, in heat and dust and besides those who were wounded in combat many fell ill.

Before the renewed attacks Henningsen experienced a period of relative calm at The river Dubissa, north-west of Kaunas. He was never in the frontline, but did evacuate the wounded from the battlefields after the fighting had finished and took care of them at the field hospitals. At the end of 1915 he was transfered to the Western Front, where he was later severly wounded. He survived the war and returned to his wife and children in Haderslev, which in 1920 became a part of Denmark.

On the map below the route of Iver Henningsen in 1915 has been marked in red.