Monday, September 27, 2010

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Panzer: Sdkfz 232 6 rad (Fu)
Judging by the crew all wearing the panzer beret and the solid white cross markings on the 231, this photo was most likely taken immediately before (or after) the invasion of Poland, 1939. Note that for some reason the main armament - normally a 20 mm KwK 30, has been removed.
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Monday, September 20, 2010

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Drooleth ye over (but not ON, because you are viewing them on a computer screen) the classic modernist-expressionist woodcuts of Frans Masereel, published in Berlin, 1925 as:

The City

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Panzer: Sdkfz. 8
Not armoured, so technically not a "Panzer", but this fourteen ton behemoth served along with them in mechanized units, mainly towing heavy artillery pieces. It should of course not be confused with its much more commonly seen "little brother" the Sdkfz. 7 which towed the legendary "88"anti-aircraft/ anti-tank guns and formed the basis for a number of specialist half-tracks.
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Monday, September 13, 2010

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Depressed?..disillusioned?..lonely

confused, terrified

sad?..


Sounds like your life really sucks.


I, however avoid that sort of thing by going to phunn places on the web, like:

Panzerpixel.de

The creation of freelance author Thomas Anderson who collects original WWII photos of - yes you've guessed it: The Panzers!
He has quite an interesting collection with some very rare vehicles.

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Panzer: Sdkfz 252
Found on Panzerpixel.de, this Sdkfz 252 munitions carrier dating back to the early days of WWII was converted into a radio vehicle (note the "star" aerial) by a Sturmgeschütz unit and still served in 1944.
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Monday, September 06, 2010

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Harvey Pekar did not like airports...Illustration from: Muncie, Indiana


RIP Harvey Pekar (died July 12)

Pekar brought literature and the graphic novel closer to each other, mainly known for his American Splendor, I can highly recommend one of his collaborations with cartoonist Gary Dumm :

Ego and Hubris: The Michael Malice story

Well-crafted storytelling, with the graphics perfectly fitting the Ayn Rand fueled, cubicle-and-coffee computer worker world of the protagonist.

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Panzer : Tiger I, Ausf E (early production)
Damaged during transport, possibly the work of local partisans.
Note the narrow "transportation" tracks used on the Tiger, to make it fit the standard Deutsche Reichsbahn flatcars. The wide "combat" tracks were stored under the Tiger for the train ride (just visible under the bow armour plate) and had to be fitted by a workshop crew before it was ready for action.
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