Friday, July 02, 2010

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Art by Basil Wolverton


And for today: last day at the job.

See you in August.

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Sdkfz 251/1, Ausf A
National markings seems to be entirely missing from this 251 which could suggest the photo was taken during pre-WWII maneuvers. Still, when looking closely at the car on the right side of the photo you can just make out a swastica flag draped over the front end (hidden under the "antikfuchs1" label) this was a common practise during Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of Soviet-Russia in the summer of 1941. It was not meant as a demonstration of fervent Nazism, but done to make sure the German forces could be recognised from the air. Advances in the early stages of this campaign were so swift that Wehrmach mobile units sometimes arrived at objectives before the Luftwaffe planes sent out to perform pre-attack bombings.

2 comments:

Stu said...

Happy holidays!

Lennard Grahn said...

thanks, Stu of Lindisfarne