Looking through postcards from the early 1900s I found the character Pitouwho looks like the French version of Beetle Bailey and Sad Sack
The Austrian version was The Good Soldier Švejk.
One series of Pitou postcards has him on laundry and ironing detail for one of the officers. It appears from the photos and my GOOGLE translations of the captions that "Madame" is in town...
In 1914 Pitou was still serving and giving it to the Kaiser!
Gee .......I hope he made it OK until 1918.