Monday, May 31, 2010

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Photo by Mary Ellen Mark

R.I.P Dennis Hopper, 1936-2010

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Panzer Pzkpfw IV, Ausf H
A photo taken in my native land Denmark, where Panzer-Abteilung 55/233 Panzer-Division was stationed in 1944. A row of Panzers rolling down cobblestone roads early in the morning must have made the locals happy...
Photo courtesy of www.panzerphotos.dk by Christian Ankerstjerne
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Monday, May 24, 2010

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Hmm, yes, winter has left us and now we have spring.
and after that we get summer.

hmm, yes...hmm.

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Panzer Sdkfz 250/10 "Neuer art"
In late 1943 the design of the Sdkfz 250 was changed to simplify production and the number of armour plates making up the hull was reduced from nineteen to just nine.This new line of vehicles were known as the "neuer art" or just "neu". The Pak 37 mounted on the roof was hardly a potent anti tank weapon by 1943, but it could still deliver some extra bite against armored cars and light skinned vehicles and this version of the 250 was often used by unit commanders.Note the tactical sign of a motorized (but not half-tracked) unit painted on the front armourplate.
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Monday, May 17, 2010

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Oh,yes, spring!..almost forgot about that...well, it was kind of "2009" and boring anyway...

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Panzer Sdkfz 250/9
Usually deployed by an Aufklarungs Abteilung (forward recon units) this example had its armament removed and the trooper is either US or from the Free French Forces.
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Sunday, May 09, 2010

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Russian sniper Roza Shanina (1924-45)

A kindergarden teacher, she joined the Red Army in 1943 and had 54 kills to her name before she died in the battles in East Prussia, january 1945.
Her diaries and letters were published after the war, making her one of the most famous heroes of The Great Patriotic War.
Three of her four brothers were also killed in the war.

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Panzer Sdkfz 250/3
Looks like a brand new vehicle.
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Monday, May 03, 2010

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American photographer Todd Hido, is - just like Moi, drawn to the lure of the suburbs at night...

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Panzer Sdkfz 250
A highly dramatic photo, possibly posed for propaganda use. The official German Propaganda Kompanie photographers usually worked in teams and sometimes posed as "ordinary soldiers" in each others photos. The Sdkfz 250 was the "little brother" of the Sdkfz 251 personnel carrier series and was often used by front line commanders as a sort of "battlefield taxi". It could handle difficult terrain, was armoured, small in size - which meant it could hide better from ground attack aircraft, but large enough to carry the commander, radio equipment and a couple of trusted men as body guards. Judging from the rabbit fur lined winter parkas and camouflage caps worn by the soldiers, they served with a Waffen-SS unit since these garments were issued only to SS personnel.
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