Monday, November 30, 2009

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Java Applet perspective tool - yes daddy-o is the great phunn!

(click on the link, and when you're there drag the red dots to change the perspective)

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Panzer Pzkpfw III, Ausf L
Note that the official divisional marking of the 11'th Panzer Division (a circle with a vertikal bar) is painted on the left side of the rear end, and on the right side you see the "unofficial marking (a ghost brandishing a sword)
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Monday, November 23, 2009

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Alfred Kubin, 1877-1959, seems to attract renewed interest, since both Paris and New York have been exhibiting the disturbing visions of this (today) slightly obscure German symbolist.

I remember spotting the above drawing in a Danish history of the world back in the early 80's - it was used for illustrating the part dealing with the years leading up to WWI and it struck me as one of the most precise visualizations of the strutting brutality of war.

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Panzer Sdkfz 251/1, Ausf D
A rare colour photo taken immediately after WWII - note the passenger car fitted with a wood gas generator, a familiar sight in gasoline-rationed post-WWII Europe.
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Monday, November 16, 2009

Monday, November 09, 2009

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The "undercover artist" trend continues, - meaning works of art made by people who did not receive any "art world" attention and maybe didn't even think of themselves as artists.

Typically, they live anonymous lives and support themselves through normal jobs (which sets them apart from the traditional "outsider artists" who are often confined to mental institutions) Their artistic work is usually something they do in their spare time and is first discovered (sometimes by accident) after their death, - like the visionary paintings and writings of the Chicago janitor Henry Darger

This time it's the brilliant photographs of Vivian Maier who arrived in Chicago from France in the 1930's, worked as a nanny all her life and apparently had photography as her great passion.
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Panzer Befehlspanzer I, Ausf B
Catching some sun. Note that the trooper is wearing the early panzer beret and at least one medal ribbon and a badge on his uniform, most likely the Iron Cross second class and the Panzer assault badge.
That could place this photo during the winter 1939-40, after the battle of Poland (where he would have won the decorations) but before the battle of France, after which the panzer berets were replaced by the standard German Army sidecap in black wool.
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Monday, November 02, 2009

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Panzer Pzkpfw V "Panther", Ausf D
Catching some rays of sun, probably in spring 1944. The Ausf D's were the first production run of the Panther, designed to give German armoured forces supremacy on the battlefields aginst the Russian KV and T 34 and the American Sherman tanks. Prematurely rushed into service for the Battle of Kursk, 1943 it started off with many mechanical problems and frequent breakdowns but quickly grew to become one of the best tanks of WWII.
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