Monday, September 01, 2014

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Unmitigated praise for the beloved leader in the form of cheerful marching songs?...

hmm.... that has to come out of North Korea or The Third Reich, yes?...

or, maybe: The IBM Corporate Song Book

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Panzer: Pzkpfw Tiger, Ausf B "Königstiger"
An American GI pose for a relaxed snapshot in occupied Berlin,  spring 1945.
He could be leaning against the same Tiger II pictured last week. The Soviet's gathered a number of AFV's captured in the Battle of Berlin and put them on display in a local park before the most salvageable vehicles were shipped to Russia for evaluation and research.
Note the Tiger I in the background with the early "dustbin" style cupola, clear evidence that many panzers fighting in Berlin were older vehicles gathered from armour schools and other second-line units.
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Monday, August 25, 2014

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A selfie from when I was a student at the Royal Danish Art Academy. 
The computer room at the School of Mediaart. I spent many a long night there
working on multiple computers when nobody else was around to use them.


Had my last day as it consultant at The Royal Danish Art Academy.
Readers of this blog will know that I was laid off about six months ago due to staff cuts

Well, that marks the end of a twenty-three year relationship with said institution...and since I'm forty eight years old, that makes it:

Half my life.

I started out as a humble student in 1991, graduated in 1998 and worked as a part-time teacher and it consultant at the academy from around the same time.

Since I never rose to a higher level than that of the part-time hired hand, I also worked other part-time jobs but my job at the academy provided my main income from around 2001.

Sure . I could probably have found other jobs, done something else with my life.

But, I imagined I belonged to the art world - I was an artiste, yes?...

And anyway: it was a nice place to hide out from life, while giving me time to make art in my plentiful spare time.

A nice gig but I never really felt like I belonged. I was basically just an employee, servicing the up and coming art stars of tomorrow.

Replaceable.

Expendable.

Well, Lennard... you've probably got twenty-five or thirty more years ahead of you before it's time to sign out for good

- what are you going to do about that?!..

I don't know...

I really don't.

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Panzer: Pzkpfw Tiger Ausf B "Königstiger"
Abandoned outside the Potzdammer Platz railway station in Berlin, May 1945.
This Tiger was one of a handful of Tiger II's fighting in the Battle of Berlin with the Schweres SS Panzer Abteilung 103/503.
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Monday, August 18, 2014

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Illustration art by Ludwig Hohlwein  for a company 
manufacturing uniforms and equipment for members of the SS.


- You crave it! - need it! - fantasize about it!
the most controversial art on the planet:

NAZI ART!

Explore the work of artists of The Third Reich at Galeria Thule Italia

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Panzer: Panzerjäger Marder II / Sd.Kfz.132
Not to be confused with the Marder II, Sdkfz 131.
This version of the Marder series was based on the Pzkpfw II, Ausf D1/ D2 chassis mounting the  PaK 36(r) L/51 gun, captured en masse from the Red Army in 1941.
 A stop-gap solution created for dealing with the Soviet T-34 and KV tanks, it served with various Panzerjäger units from April 1942 to early 1944.

Monday, August 11, 2014

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Great quirky phunn at Dorris McComics

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Panzer: Munitionsschlepper IV für Karl-Gerät
At first glance I though this photo showed a Bergepanzer IV, a turret less Panzer IV with a crane fitted for salvaging disabled AFV's.
It is in fact one of several purpose built vehicles for supplying the massive shells used by the 600mm Karl-Gerät self-propelled siege mortar.
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Monday, August 04, 2014

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Nice late 1970s colour photos by Adam Bartos

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Panzer: Pzkpfw I ohne aufbau
A nice top view showing the interior. Note the "crash bar" railing around the main compartment.
The trooper taking driving lessons is of course dressed in cotton fatigues to save on his regular
black panzer uniform during training. For safety he is wearing the rubber lined crash helmet, covered by the Panzer beret.
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