Thursday, December 31, 2009

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A Happy new year to all.

I'll remember 2009 as the year I got me a nice new home.

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Panzer Pzkpfw V "Panther", Ausf G
A late model G with a complete set of exhaust flame dampers (the large "stovepipes" at the rear end) Photographed with a couple of American GI's somewhere in Germany, summer of 1945.
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Monday, December 28, 2009

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Anyone remembering Denmark in the seventies and early eighties must be familiar with this silly figure and the odd word "ÖRVA" (a Swedish "Ö" was always used instead of the Danish "Ø") This "tag" could be found in many places back then, which was long before even the ealyest grafitti pieces began to appear in Denmark. I haven't seen an "ÖRVA" for years until I spotted this one in a remote part of Jyllinge, the small town out in the country where I grew up.

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Panzer Sdkfz 234/1
The sad remains of this recon 8-wheeler. Most likely the tires and other parts were removed by local scavengers long after the end of hostilities.
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Thursday, December 24, 2009

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A Merry X-mas to all who celebrate it.

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Panzer Panzeratrappe
A dummy tank made from wood (resembling a Russian T-34), used for training German troops in anti-tank techniques.
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Monday, December 21, 2009

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After the collapse of The Second French Empire in 1870, unemployed and destitute young men drifted to Paris where many of them ended up as vagabonds.

By 1874 it was estimated that more than 30.000 of them walked the Parisian streets...sometimes united in criminal gangs, known (and feared...) as :
The Apaches

This greatly disturbed the growing urban middle class of Paris, which were often the victims of Apache gangs when they visited the newly discovered amusement district of Montmartre. As a countermeasure, some took up the self-defense techniques of Savate

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Panzer Sdkfz 252/1, Ausf D
With a group af Waffen-SS troops in Prague, May 1945. The scruffy apearence of the 251 (the left mudguard and a licence plate is missing) suggest it came from a repair shop and was rushed into service to ferry troops out of Prague (away from the approaching Russians) in the hope that they could reach (and hopefully surrender to) the American forces entering Czechoslovakia from the West.
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Monday, December 14, 2009

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Dig the dark and highly original Sci-Fi world of digital artist Sam Van Olffen

(like a meeting between the movie Blade Runner and comic book artist Jacques Tardi)

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Panzer Sdkfz 2 "Kleines kettenkraftrad"
Some Kettenkrads smoldering away in a vehicle dump, Czech Republic spring 1945. Looks like a Sdkfz 234/1 in the background, to the right.
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Monday, December 07, 2009

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Dig the scary wackyness of Captain Marvel in the Land of Surrealism

(from tales calculated to blog)

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Panzer Pzkpfw III, Ausf G
Looks brand new. Note how the black-uniformed panzer crews were issued standard Army greatcoats in field grey colour for winter wear.
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