Friday, June 29, 2007

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Last day on job nr. 2 today,

Vacation, at last.

And there's gonna be some of that at the blog here too, expect nothing but sparsity for the next couple of months.

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What's up at YouTube: Ach, ze spassmacher Amerikänern:
Supershooter 1
Supershooter 2
Supershooter 3
Supershooter 4
Supershooter 5
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Retro babe "...perfect!, now I'll get my model train and lay the tracks!..."
Panzer Panther, Ausf A
A nice picture for the diorama builder... A Steyr command car just visible in the foreground, then a Kettenkrad, a Panther crossing the road and behind it you see a Sdkfz 251 moving up.
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Not my people
Not my war

Thursday, June 28, 2007

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Read about the jerrycan, one of those brilliant utilities created by the necessities of War.

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Retro babe Viva Concor! (a high quality - and high volume, poster back in the days where I browsed newsgroups)
Panzer Panther, Ausf A
Note the neat camouflage stripes, the full set of wheel covers (the lower sections were normally thrown away by the crew to ease track change and maintenance) and the stack of Jerrycans on the turret roof.
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Not my people
Not my war

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

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Looks like they've done it again over at blame society films, where we find a flabby-faced loser working hard to prove his worth in You're a Champ!
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Retro babe"...touch me - cheetah?.."
Panzer Armoured train
Looks like they've mounted a captured French Somua S35 on this train to create a mobile armoured platform.
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Not my people
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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

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An interesting website collecting information about American off-base bar culture during the war in Korea.
A well know TV-series involving doctors springs to mind...

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Retro babe"...let's play horsie..."
Panzer Panzerjäger Tiger (p) Ferdinand
Probably photographed just before the Battle of Kursk, you get a good idea of the immense size of these beasts.
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Not my people
Not my war

Monday, June 25, 2007

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Those warm and bright summer nights, I always liked this time of year.
The mind can wander.

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Retro babe"...hmm, forgot something before I left for the office this morning but I simply can't figure out what it is..."
Panzer Land Wasser Schlepper
Designed as an amphibious vehicle for operation Seelöwe - The planned invasion of Great Britain, but the German Army decided on the invasion of Soviet-Russia instead and only two prototypes of the unarmed and unarmoured LWS were made.
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Not my people
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Friday, June 22, 2007

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(sorry, don't know the name of this movie but I wish my coworkers at the mails looked like that. The depiction of the work is very accurate though...)

Had my last day at the mail services last night, three weeks of vacationing coming up!

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Retro babe ...a classic...
(and if you wish you can read a funny view on Art Frahm who created the pinup babes seen here for the last three days)

Panzer Stug III
Yes, another Stuggie, note the very worn tracks which might suggest the photo was taken during the later stages of the invasion of Soviet Russia in 41' or the summer 1942 drive for the Caucasus. During these campaigns the panzers moved on and on and there was little time for major repairs or overhauls.
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Not my people
Not my war

Thursday, June 21, 2007

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Jean-Poul Sartre, 1905-1980 would have been a hundred and two years old today.

World class philosophers, panzers, babes - This blog is Rocko!

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Retro babe "...Whoa! those nuclear blasts out in the desert must have done something to the gravity around here..."
Panzer Stug III, Ausf F
A perfect example of the proper deployment of a Stug.
Hidden between the bushes and trees it can overlook the open field in front of it, ready to fire at attacking enemy tanks. Note the cleared road behind it, after the first shots are fired it can back out of position and move to a new one before the enemy has adjusted the aim of their guns.
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Not my people
Not my war

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

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Forgot, as usual...but this blog actually began four years ago - 11 June 2003

Well.

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Retro babe
Panzer Panzerwerfer 42 auf Maultier
Another one for the possible fans of this oddball vehicle.
Of note is the fact that units of the Waffen-SS had their own design of the Panzerwerfer 42 which mounted a different version of the rocket launcher. This type could be seen in yesterdays posting, but today you get the good old standard issue Panzerwerfer 42 auf maultier
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Not my people
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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

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learning-to-see is a highly interesting site chronicling the efforts of a former British art school student and his journey (back) to realistic painting and drawing.
The site displays his laborious and impressive efforts at attaining a set of skills equal to the academic art training seen before the arrival of the modern age.

A bio and reflections on why he's doing this can be read here

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Retro babe "...the piano? no that's not what I play - the flute is more up my alley..."
Panzer Panzerwerfer 42 auf Maultier
A rocket launcher mounted on an armoured version of the half tracked "Maultier" (mule in German) lorry. These were used both for laying down smoke screens prior to attacks, or if large scale raids by enemy bombers were expected, and for shelling concentrations of enemy troops.
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Not my people
Not my war

Monday, June 18, 2007

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404

Some access problems here at the bloggo due to server upgrades, meaning that going to www.lennardgrahn.dk Will take you to an old page from three years ago...

- Instead, use the direct URL: www.lg-c.dk/lennardgrahn/index.htm

hmm, now it works again and you can AGAIN use the traditional URL at: www.lennardgrahn.dk
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Retro babe "...trim it?!...what are you talking about?.."
Panzer Tiger I
Tiger crews were considered the elite of the panzerwaffe which might account for the rather cocky attitude of the foremost guy.
Painting of a set of aggressive animal jaws can also be seen on other vehicles in WWII, and airplanes too.
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Not my people
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Friday, June 15, 2007

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Why not get into the details of the life, music and drawings of schizophrenic outsider artist Wesley Willis
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Retro babe "...Hey shopkeeper, that washing detergent you sold us - We've got a complaint!.."
Panzer Pzkpfw III, Ausf E
At a panzer driving school somewhere in Germany.
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Not my people
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Thursday, June 14, 2007

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Ernesto "Che" Guevara 1928-1967 would have been seventy nine years old today.

One of my personal heroes since adolescence, I even dreamed of walking in his footsteps and become a guerrilla in South America and went as far as attending a High school that could teach me Spanish. Severe illness in my late teens put an end to my dream, but I'll admit that perhaps it wasn't that realistic...

Of course Che and the famous photo of him by Alberto Korda have become modern day icons, and this quite literally as the expression on Guevara's face is reminiscent of the holy figures seen on Christian icon paintings.
Add to that the mans close visual resemblance to one famous Jew from Palestine plus the fact that the soldiers who shot Che also penetrated his legs with bullets and you have a mythology reaching far beyond that of the radical left-wing of the sixties.

There's plenty of information about Guevara available today if you're interested in getting a realistic view of the man and his times, filled with relevant and well researched criticism of him as a military commander, a revolutionary, a member of the Cuban government, a father, etc, etc.

To me that's all pretty irrelevant, to me he is a focal point of inspiration and I hang Korda's picture of him high on my bedroom wall - The classical hero, a poet-warrior and a modern man who cast off the shackles of mental, economic and social oppression and as a freed individual he set out to rid the world of injustices and terror, to create the New World.

That's why the photo and the legacy of Guevara is so powerful and inspiring, you look at Che gazing at something outside of the photo and imagine what he's seeing: He's seeing the future, the New World.

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What's up at YouTube: Guevara on imperialism
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Retro babe "..take that! - Borrowed my new CHE t-shirt and spilled on it, and I have a gallery opening today!.."
Panzer Stug III
A typical late war view of a Stug heavily camouflaged with foliage to hide it from enemy ground attack planes and carrying a piece of wood to be placed under the tracks if it got stuck in soft ground.
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Not my people
Not my war

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

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The other day I encountered a musician sitting on the street playing an accordion, a plastic cup placed in front of him for the generous contributions of passers-by.
I searched my pockets, but a 25 øre coin was all I had (this is the smallest amount of currency available in Denmark, roughly the equivalent of 0.3 €)
As a life long supporter of the people who have the courage and humility to sit on our streets and offer their artistic talents to the broad but not always appreciating public, I put my 25-øre coin in his cup and walked away.

Behind me I heard the music stop, and then the unmistakable sound of a small piece of metal hitting the hard stony surface of the sidewalks.

Artists...

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Retro babe "...no, no - It's not THAT kind of photo shoot Miss Bunsenburner!.."
Panzer Pzkpfw IV, Ausf G
Judging from the camouflage smock wearing grenadier moving behind it, this panzer belonged to a Waffen-SS unit.

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Not my people
Not my war

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

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A piece of AK-47 Art, made from found wood and displayed at a graffiti site in Copenhagen

The "Kalashnikov" or AK-47 was designed and initially produced in Soviet Russia and has become an icon of the late twentieth century, and seems to last well into the twenty-first too.

Instantly distinguishable from other weapons by its curved magazine it has become a global symbol of armed rebellion and anti- imperialism, and this even with some irony to it since it also armed the Taleban rebels against the Soviet Army in Afghanistan and the Chechnyans fighting present day Russia.
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Retro babe "...we asked the boss for a place to work out and this is what we got..."
Panzer Sdkfz 253
A special armoured vehicle for artillery observation. It enabled an observer to stay close to the front lines and via radio give instructions for the aiming of artillery, much needed on the fast moving and quickly changing battle fields of the early "Blitzkrieg" years.
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Not my people
Not my war

Monday, June 11, 2007

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Vacation, please.

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Retro babe "spot on, honey!.."
Panzer Sdkfz 263 Funkpanzerwagen
Yes, a "funky" communications panzer with extra radio equiment and a fixed turret mounting just a single machinegun for self defence.
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Not my people
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Friday, June 08, 2007

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We've been through this many times before here at Don't ask (every year to be exact...) and NOW is the time for that special summer treat:

I NEED A VACATION - NOW!

-!!!grmblll##?=//=/! - Lousy jobs!
-!!!grmblll##?=//=/! - Lousy students!
-!!!grmblll##?=//=/! - Lousy construction work everywhere I go!
-!!!grmblll##?=//=/! - Lousy heat!
-!!!grmblll##?=//=/! - Lousy noise!
-!!!grmblll##?=//=/! - Lousy traffic!
-!!!grmblll##?=//=/! - Lousy tourists!

(ad infinitum)

June 29'th will be my last day working.

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Retro babe "...are you absolutely sure you are Helmut Newton?..."
Panzer Sdkfz 222
This small armoured car was used extensively by the Aufklärungsabteilungen (recon units) of panzer division in the early part of WWII, and actually served right to the end in 1945 due to shortages of the more advanced designs like the Sdkfz 234/1 and 234/2 Puma
Note the mixture of standard uniforms and work fatigues worn by the crew and the missing 20 mm main gun, most likely removed for maintenance.
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Not my people
Not my war

Thursday, June 07, 2007

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Dean Martin (1917-1995) would have been ninety years old today.

Dubbed "the coolest man who ever lived" by Playeboy magazine, I remember his off beat shows aired on Danish television back in the seventies. They served somehow as an antidote to much of the stuffed workers' shirt Marxism of the day, since nothing could be further away from that than "Dino" in his tux, drink in hand, on a glittering stage presenting a parade of celebrities and babes interrupted by a bit of world class crooning and some raunchy jokes.

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What's up at YouTube: Dino and Duke show
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Retro babe
Panzer Sdkfz 232 (8 rad)
The young men sitting on the radio aerial are members of the Hitler Youth who were primed for service in Germany's armed forces by visiting barracks and other facilities to receive a display of the fun and excitement of military life.
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Not my people
Not my war

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

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© Eindhoven bevrijd

Sixty third anniversary of D-Day, the invasion by the Western allies of Nazi occupied Europe.

Well, let's commemorate that to many Europeans the first sight of cheerful English Tommy's or American GI's remains an unforgettable moment of freedom after four years of Nazi rule.

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Retro babe
Panzer Panther, Ausf A
During the Battles in Normandy. The Lieutenant standing in front of the Panzer was killed on the following day, June 11.
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Not my people
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Monday, June 04, 2007

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Many of my co-workers at the mail center are immigrants, some of them from Muslim countries.
A Moroccan told me the other day that his wife had gone to see their doctor (a white Danish woman), because she had some pains.
The doctor didn't examine her, but told her the pain was because she wore a head scarf and didn't get enough sun.

They consulted a Doctor in the family who examined her and gave a proper diagnosis so she could be treated for her pains.


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Retro babe
Panzer PzkpfW 38(t)
Note the column of trucks in the background with a horse drawn cart at the end of it.
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Not my people
Not my war

Friday, June 01, 2007

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The H-Bomb and You

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Retro babe "...put something on honey, the TV repair man will be here any minute - What do you mean you always dress like that when he comes around?!?..."
Panzer Tauchpanzer IV
A rare photo of a Panzer IV specially prepared with water proof sealings, enabling it to move under water. Originally designed for the invasion of England the few produced were used for crossing the river Bug in Russia.
Note also the barets worn by the crews in the early part of WWII, they were not very popular and were replaced by black versions of the standard Army service caps.
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Not my people
Not my war