Monday, May 25, 2015

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Some 1914 anti-war propaganda by Italian artist Alberto Martini (1876-1954)

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Panzer: Befehlspanzer III
A fine depiction of how the command section of a  German WWII armoured unit worked c 1943-45.
A command version of the Pzkpfw III with extra radio equipment, for the commander of the Panzer regiment, a couple of late model Sdkfz 251/3's for radio communication between the commanders, units in the field, and the higher level staff officers back at the HQ, and a motorcycle with sidecar for quick commuting between the various units.
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Monday, May 18, 2015

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Some really cool 1906 illustrations for H.G Wells' War of The Worlds

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Panzer: Sdkfz 251/1, Ausf A
A group of Panzergrenadiere in their 251's, most likely during the Battle of France in 1940.
The ability to have supporting infantry move with the pace of the panzers, and not the other way round, was a key factor in the early successes of the panzerwaffe.
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Monday, May 11, 2015

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How can you not fall in love with Plans for a contemporary city  by Le Corbusier from 1925

Too bad his hyper-modern vision didn't really work so well in real life...the story of the post-War "concrete ghetto", crime-ridden, alienating, and depressing has been told way too many times.

I guess most people really want to live like this:


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Panzer: Panzerzug
Chow time for the crew of a German armoured train. All wear denim overalls, probably reed green, and worn over standard Army field grey uniforms.
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Saturday, May 09, 2015

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Made this drawing of some relaxing WWII ruskies many years ago

Happy Victory Day.

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Panzer: Pzkpfw V Panther, Ausf A
Captured Panthers used by the Russians, Hungary 1945.
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Monday, May 04, 2015

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R.I.P Bill Auerbach

And who was he?..
well...a guy who liked Panzers and who published books filled with exciting photos of them, like the cult classic Last of the Panzers

Later he collaborated with fellow enthusiast Lee Archer and launched Panzerwrecks, books (eighteen and counting ) dedicated to rarest of the rare photos of Panzers.

To discover the rare, exciting, and unusual, and show it to the rest of us:

Thanks Bill Auerbach.

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Panzer: Pzkpfw IV, Ausf G
A couple of Pz IV's serving with a Waffen SS unit. The photo was probably taken to commemorate the award of Iron crosses to members of the crew.
The two troopers on the far right are wearing their Iron Cross second class suspended from their ribbons, which was usually only done on the day of the award. Date of photo is probably early 1943, perhaps after the Third battle of Kharkov.
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