Friday, August 31, 2007

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Aedelbert Krimschild, PhD.

I once met a renowned Danish philosopher.

I was with a group of spoiled proto-Nazis - sorry...art Students, who used him as a sort of mentor.

He always expressed delight when he saw me, often praising my works of art and views on various matters.

Unfortunately, the real reason for this had nothing to do with me... but was due to the fact that the other members of the group would spend hours with him discussing the contents of his writings, I (obviously) wasn't a part of the intellectual elite he was accustomed too.

This provided some sort of outlet for him, I think, because praising me was an easy way for him to irritate the leader of our group, let's call him Diek Heth, a very intelligent and ambitious man who would use parts of the philosopher's philosophy in his own works of art.

One day, the philosopher invited me to play that game of choice for the macho intellectual: Chess... a game I've never mastered - I lack the aggressive spirit, the overview, and I never learned the clever moves you make at the beginning of a game to put you in a good position.

Still, hanging out with the group was often quite boring, so I agreed.

At a point I'm a bit lost about my next move and the philosopher (who had the demeanor of a gentleman from a more chivalrous age) kindly suggests a move I could try out.

I make the move, he makes his,

- And I'm mate...

which of course was what he had anticipated.


A great philosopher, no doubt.

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Retro babe"...this is not porn...this is a situationist statement about consumerism and gender..."
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Panzer Pzkpfw I and II
Some strange antennae seems to be attached to the Panzer I (right)
Judging from the white crosses these panzers were destroyed during the Battle of Poland.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Thursday, August 30, 2007

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Nusrat Djahan Mosque, Hvidovre.

This was the first Mosque build in Scandinavia (1967), and so far the only Mosque in Denmark made in the traditional Arab style.

I lived a few hundred meters from this mosque when I was a kid, and I remember standing in front of it with my mother on many occasions, it was on the way to a public park we often visited.
We never went inside. We just marveled at the unusual shape of the building and back then it was covered with little stones giving it the most beautiful turquoise colour. As you can tell by the photo it has today a new roof made from copper, a bit dull in my opinion, but there was probably a reason for this.

In my childhood fantasies it was a spacecraft... and even today I find buildings interesting that have unusual shapes and don't seem to be used for anything important.
But as you know, I come from a technocratic welfare state, "important" can only mean: Schools, factories, housing, hospitals, bars and beer halls, prisons.

I always imagine these buildings are spaceports where you can meet and communicate with a higher existence from another world.

But that's just nonsense.
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Retro babe"...Stop that, Miss Bushwhacker, we're here to install humidifiers!"

Panzer Sdkfz 251, Ausf A
A strange contraption is fitted to the upper side of this 251. It could be a gas-generator since this was seen installed on driver's school vehicles in the later part of WWII, to save fuel. Still, the uniforms of the troopers suggest the photo was taken in the early part of the war.
Mysterious...
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

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Call my lawyers!

Looks like the old Flottenheimer name is now associated with a trendy cafe in Copenhagen city...

Well, just proves how visionary we were back then!

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What's up at YouTube: The psychedelic animation classic Quasi at the Quackadero

(Snatched from the excellent Fantagraphics/blog)
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Retro babe"...will you stop that, we've got a game of chess to finish!.."
Panzer Sdkfz 251/1 mit Wurfrahmen
A rare shot of this unusual vehicle captured by the British (or maybe Canadians) in Normandy. This version of the 251 carried six "Wurfrahmen" rockets on mounts attached to sides of the hull (the rockets can be seen in this photo), it was used to lay down smokescreens and heavy bombardments. Note the marking of the 2'nd Panzer division - A three fork, painted on the front armour plate. The white stars were added after capture.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

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Lennard Grahn, man about town.

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Retro babe The ancient ritual of tree worship.
Panzer Sturmgeschütz III, Ausf G
Some Russian locals looking on as the Stug liberates them from Communism, note the lack of camouflage on this Stug.

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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Thursday, August 23, 2007

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To be honest I really don't need to have "something to say" here at the blog...I basically just want to write about Panzers and do silly captions for the babe photos while enjoying a cup of coffee (white)

Retro babe"...ok, ok - You get to drive, but you stay away from the remote!.."

Panzer Pzkpfw IV, Ausf A
Some of the earliest panzer IV's, probably during manoeuvres in Germany just before WWII.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

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President George H.W. Bush by Ronald N. Sherr

Hey, It's beginning to look like another "art week" here at Don't ask... how about the glory of conservative Art: www.worldofportraitpainting.com

I especially like the story of how John Howard Sanden learned to draw, find it at My gallery of heroes

Whew...talk about anal control... you'd better pass me that book on Fluxus performance art or the one with Bulgarian video artists of the seventies.


Except...I don't care too much for that either...

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Retro babe"...Titties? I'd better sleep on the bunk next to the latrine..."
Panzer Sdkfz 231 (6 rad)
Apart from the early panzer berets these crewmen also seems to be wearing tan Luftwaffe pilots smocks?..
Also note the early white crosses used during the attack on Poland, changed after this campaign since they proved too excellent for aiming Polish guns. Some German crews would smear mud on the crosses to dampen the effect.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

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....and I also went and saw the Jes Brinch show at the trendy Vesterbro Gallery V1 which offered MORE cartoony imagery, this time done in that resilient trademark of Phine Art: Marble...

A prankster he.

Jes Brinch has been an enfant terible of the Danish Art scene for a number of years (nobody seems to want to take over that position...) making art that often attacks the sometimes complacent and conforming mentality of the Danish welfare state.

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Retro babe"...Wow, Honey- Scrabble!.."
Panzer Panther, Ausf A
An early Ausf A on the eastern front. Early A's lacked the machinegun fitted on the front armour plate, instead a "pistol port" with an armoured cover was cut into the armour. This proved unsatisfying in the combat situations on the eastern front where both Soviet and German infantry would climb onto armoured vehicles to destroy them.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Monday, August 20, 2007

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Went and saw Danish artist Peter Land's show at Gl. Strand

Land works in a very cartoon-like style in his paintings and the topic of this show is "first day of school", depicting dysfunctional nose picking weirdo kids. I especially loved his "little Caesars", remarkably cruel looking boys dressed like Roman emperors - Remember the type?..

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Retro babe"...you're my wife, not my secretary - Put something dull on!.."
Panzer Sturmhaubitze "Hummel"
A well camouflaged example of the 150 mm howitzer. Mobile artillery like the Hummel could adapt to the flexible frontlines of mechanized warfare giving them an big advantage over the traditional towed guns which took much more time to move around and set up.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Thursday, August 16, 2007

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The US Postal services created a ballot before the issue of a commemorative stamp of Elvis Presley. Voters could choose between an image of the early or late Elvis, the early version won and was released in 1993.

Elvis Aaron Presley 1935-1977 died thirty years ago today, August 16, 1977.

From the coroner's account he died from heart failure. His personal doctor was later put on trial for handing out an unacceptable amount of certain prescription drugs to the singer over a number of years. The doctor was later acquitted.

Ever since the untimely death of one of the greatest cultural icons of the twentieth century, speculations have been made as to what could have "saved Elvis"...

Things that might have helped could be:

- Finding another manager than the notorious "Colonel" Tom Parker, Parker ended up handing himself close to 50% of Elvis' earnings (the customary salary for managers back then was 10%) He also reportedly had a gambling addiction which meant he often sat in a Casino in Vegas burning up money while Elvis was on stage a few miles away making them (during his time performing in Las Vegas he would do two shows a day) Still, Col. Parker was probably as good/bad as they came, and in the early stages of his fame, Elvis was genuinely afraid the Mafia might take over his career since rumours were out they had done that with Frank Sinatra. An old hand like Parker who knew the angles of show business was unlikely to let that happen, so maybe Elvis felt safe with him.

- Sacking the large, and always growing, troupe of sycophants known as "The Memphis Mafia" - Old friends of his, mostly from his school and childhood days who hung out with Elvis twenty-four hours a day and got paid in Cadillacs, gold chains, houses, etc (plus a meagre $500 a week) Still, Elvis was an only child, very close to his mother (making him a "mamma's boy" to the other kids) and his extravagant tastes in clothes and hair from early on got him more ridicule than close friends. After he reached national and international fame a normal life and personal relations became impossible. Hanging with the "Mafia" became the way of life which probably suited Elvis the best. Here he could party around the clock and have fun, be the undisputed center of attention, and there was never any doubt as to who was the star of the outfit since Elvis also used his entourage as whipping-boys and scape goats if he was in a bad mood.

- Taking more control of his music, and of himself?
Anyone interested in the phenomenon of Elvis Presley usually arrive at the same question: Why the ten years in Hollywood with all those lousy films?...why the lame "family oriented" music when Elvis had electrified an entire culture by being a rebellious rocker? Again it was probably a combination of Colonel Parker's talent for making money and the realisation that movies were cheaper to send overseas for the international audiences than Elvis and a full band. Elvis also had a great time playing a Hollywood star - In his view that was as high as you could climb, and the idea that the poor son of some hillbillies could reach that position probably made him never want to leave. Appealing to an audience of teenagers who want to rebel is alright for a start, but if you want to make the big bucks you make records mom, Sis, and granny likes, and if Frank, Dino, Sammy and countless others did the same, why should Elvis do otherwise?

The drug addiction, mainly Amphetamines to stay up on and tranquilizers to go to bed on, was something Elvis started doing in the US Army (which began issuing "speed" to soldiers during WWII to keep them going for days without sleep) Few people in the music business have done anything without drugs (Cliff Richard and Pat Boone might be exceptions...) so why should Elvis have been different? In his case it also became part comedy since his traditional values forbade him to be a "junkie" so he had to rely on a wide range of "medicines" which were nothing but thinly disguised uppers and downers.

The image of the burned out Elvis of his last years has immersed itself thoroughly in his legacy. Grossly overweight, panting and sweating, forgetting the lyrics for songs, making jokes about himself on stage and grinning like a moron is unfortunately the way we remember Elvis at the end. A showbiz wreck who spend most of his time in bed reading spiritual books and expressing to those close to him a deep feeling of being lost and without purpose in life. His eating disorders, as we would probably see it today, often involving the famous Elvis sandwich (a split banana on peanut butter- covered white toast - Deep fried...) This was probably something he inherited from his beloved mother who also grew big when things got too hard or too sad.

In short: If you wanted to save Elvis, you probably needed to save him from himself first, and that could have been very hard work.

Well, a legend, a pioneer, "a great American", etc, and apparently the claims that he was racist have been proven wrong

Further reading:
Elvis.com - The official site
Elvis.com.au - Home of the Australian fanclub, much usefull information here.

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What's up at YouTube:
Elvis performing his breakthrough song Heartbreak hotel in 1956

Elvis performing Unchained melody in 1977
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Retro babe Ann Margaret was said to have been the great love of Elvis after they met on the set of Viva Las Vegas
Panzer Tiger I
Yep, it's back to the old steel caskets...The "C11" marking on the turret of this mid-production Tiger indicates that it probably belonged to the elite "Grossdeutschland" division.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

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As you might have noticed, I've added Google AdSense ads to this blog (top left corner , above the face of meeee)

By why, Lennard? I thought you were opposed to market capitalism and the predatory ilk of the advertising industry?

No, I love all that!

and I need some money.

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Retro babe"...nope, the BRC CDs stay where they are..."
Flieger Junkers Ju 87 "Stuka"
Abandoned on a North African airfield.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

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Since the next stop for the Liberators of Iraq is said to be Afghanistan Inc., an in-dept look at the situation so far (from the NY Times, you need to register to read it)----How a "Good War" in Afghanistan went bad
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Retro babe"...some catch..."
Flieger Junkers Ju 188
Box art, I just love it!
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Monday, August 13, 2007

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Neighbours to the lot on Norrebro, Copenhagen where Ungdomshuset once stood are complaining about an increasing number of rats in the area.

The police have contacted Faderhuset (the Christian sect who bought Ungdomshuset and had it torn down) and asked them to check the state of the remaining sewers on their property. Faderhuset have replied that they are too busy at the moment, but will look into the matter as soon as they find the time.

Don't worry Faderhuset, you can just do like your friends George "Conqueror of Iraq" Bush and Anders "Count me in" Fogh:

If you make a mess - Just leave it and split...

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Retro babe"...will you please stop complaining, it's so much cheaper than an elevator!.."
Flieger Junkers Ju 88 G
Abandoned on Kastrup airfield in 1945 (todays Copenhagen Airport)
Given Denmarks proximity to Northern Germany, nightfighters were stationed here in the later part of WWII to combat the British bombers attacking Hamburg and Bremen.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Friday, August 10, 2007

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CLOWESMANIA!

While we waiteth (and waiteth, and waiteth...) for the next installment of Eightball there's time to enyoy these fine interviews with Writer/cartoonist Daniel Clowes

-From The BBC show "The Secret of Drawing" Interview (QuickTime video)
From very nice blog Audium

-And then there's a San Francisco Bay Guardian interview

(Here,I detect the slightest hint that Clowes is actually working on the next issue of Eightball, but maybe I'm just seeing things...)


Yes, I can't hide my true feelings any more: I want to read Eightball!

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Retro babe"...where do you turn off the "old photo" filter? I have to go back to the car and I can't see a thing !.."
Flieger Heinkel He 177
Abandoned on a Danish airfield, 1945. The He 177 was the Luftwaffe's only (and unsuccessful) attempt at fielding a four-engine long-range bomber. One of the major problems with the He 177 was frequent engine fires, making the Luftwaffe crews nickname it "Cigarette lighter" or "one-way bomber". This was mainly caused by the two engines on each side being coupled together and driving through one propeller, a design peculiarity related to the original requirement that the 31 tonne airplane could also be used as a dive bomber! A final version (the He 277) had the engines separated and fitted with individual propellers, but only a few prototypes were built before the war ended. In the later part of WWII the He 177s were mainly used for long range naval reconnaissance which might explain why this one ended up in Denmark.
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(unfortunately)Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Thursday, August 09, 2007

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Big Daddy™, Denmark's ally in the war on black-faced infidel bastards has done it again!
- A secret report from the Red Cross confirms that the CIA are using "torture like" methods to extract information from prisoners in their secret jails.

Track list:

- Sleep deprivation
- Solitary confinement
- Simulated drowning
- Sexual and religious humiliation

I'm changing my approach here, instead of believing that I can step aside and say "it wasn't me, it was all the bad Danes who supported the War!" I now say "my name is all over that", simply because I'm a Danish citizen, and the democratically elected government in Denmark supports the war on black-faced infidel bastards.

But Lennard, don't you want to stop the anti-socialist, women-bashing, Islamist fascists?

- I do,

And how do you think Al-Qaida treats THEIR prisoners, to tea and cookies? try a bullet to the head!

- you're (probably) right,

And you can't stop an enemy like that with some wishy-washy humanistic babble from the land of milk and pork chops!

- I know,

And it's NOT about the economy, because some of these guys are well educated and have access to plenty of money...

- Again you're (most likely) right, it's not about the economy, it's all about:


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Retro babe"...I'm sorry honey, those Billy Ray Cyrus CDs stay in my safe deposit box!"
Flieger FW 190
Abandoned at Skrydstrup airfield, Denmark.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

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Hitler with Wagner's granddaughters, Verena and Friedelind

Searching through the possessions of a deceased Soviet Army officer, his relatives discovered Hitler's record collection

Track list:

-Wagner (obviously...)
-Tjajkovski
-Bruckner

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Retro babe"...hmmm, in my opinion he should get himself a nice full name, what kind of name is "K" ?...
Flieger Bf 109
On an abandoned airfield in North Africa, note the extended airfilter just above the front end of the wing - needed for the dusty conditions in the dessert.
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Not my people
Not my war, either

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

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Despite the practise of referring to Denmark's recent occupation duties in Iraq as "the job" or "our assignment", plus the general conception among Danes that since we are the nicest people in the world everything we do, we do in a nice way... The Danish government is displeased by the fact that many Danes feel uncomfortable about sending Danish soldiers into war after we've discovered that they will actually get hurt or killed.

The government response is: "...we must be better at explaining to the Danes what war is about..."

True, and a place to start could be Project Facade documenting the pioneering reconstructive surgery performed on WWI veterans who had survived the war with severe facial injuries
(very graphic images on this site)

Brilliant isn't it? first some advanced technology blows you to pieces and then another advanced technology puts you back together again!

make em' dance, make em' dance...
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Retro babe"...forget it, honey, you're NOT borrowing my Billy Ray Cyrus collection..."
Flieger Me 262
An example of the brilliant aviation art by Mark Postlethwaite
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Not my people
Not my war, either

Monday, August 06, 2007

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Inspiration

Found this great collection of work by Danish cartoonist Herluf Bidstrup 1912-88

Bidstrup worked mainly for the Social Democrat and Communist press in Denmark and later became hugely successful in the Eastern Bloc, I remember buying a thick book of his cartoons when I visited China back in the nineties.
His work is a mixture of clever and timeless reflections on life and humanity, satire aimed at Capitalism, militarism and imperialism, and a complete absence of any kind of criticism of the communist world.
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Retro babe"...we should eat out more often at the office..."
Flieger Me 262
This Me 262 was delivered to its unit unpainted, not uncommon in the last months of WWII. After the war it was taken to the US for research and evaluation.
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Not my people
Not my war, either

Sunday, August 05, 2007

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Cabin in the sky
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Retro babe
Flieger Focke-Wulf FW190
The yellow band behind the black cross should place this FW190 somewhere on the Eastern front.
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Not my people
Not my war, either

Thursday, August 02, 2007

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Polemikken.dk

Some time ago I posted a link to the Danish language Free Iraq blog run by Carsten Kofoed, one of my co workers at the Copenhagen mail center. Apparently Carsten Kofoed is well known by people on the right wing blogosphere in Denmark as you can read about at polemikken.dk where he is often bashed for his postings on the blog and his views in general.
A recent survey claims that the majority of Danish blogs have a right wing point of view.

Well, Lennard, what about YOU and this blog?..

I'm a Existentialist sceptic, atheist, democratic socialist and: "butt-man"

I believe in a rationalistic view of the world based on Natural science, I believe that Representative democracy is the best form of government, and I believe in the motivating power of free enterprise. I believe the state should handle fundamental necessities like health care, education, housing and the infrastructure, all of it funded by taxes, the remainder of the economy should be a free for all (including darkies from cultures we happen to not like)
I believe this creates a generally stable and just society which I believe is the best safeguard against war and the best way to generate wealth.

Alright, my two cents are spent, please go back to killing for religion and money again.

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Retro babe"...naked breasts! what a cool fashion idea, honey!"
Flieger Arado 234 "Blitz"
World's first operational jet bomber.
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Not my people
Not my war, either