Monday, October 25, 2010

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What can I tell you : A classic.

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Panzer: Sdkfz 250
A couple of troopers relaxing in front of a 250, most likely at a training facility or driving school in Germany.
On the left we have a veteran Obergefreiter (corporal) with combat awards on his uniform, while his friend on the right looks more like a fresh recruit.
The ribbons in the buttonhole of the corporal are the Iron Cross, II class and the Ostmedailje. This combined with the dark grey colouring of the Sdkfz 250 would place the photo somewhere in 1942 since the Ostmedaille was awarded to qualifying personnel who had seen service during the invasion of Soviet-Russia from November 15, 1941 to April 15, 1942 (German soldiers sarcastically referred to it as "the frozen meat order") Also of note is the wound badge in silver (awarded for three or four wounds) and the bronze version of The Infantry assault badge, awarded only to personnel from motorized units.
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Monday, October 18, 2010

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"The Father of Fractals" Professor of Mathematics Benoît Mandelbrot has passed away.

A great scientist no doubt but in a way partially responsible for all those ghastly Techno club flyers from the nineties!

Well, fractals really blew my mind when they became popularized in the 1990's, the way I saw it, science had discovered the "algorithm of nature" the one basic concept that could create anything - mountains, clouds, planets.

Those trippy graphics did a lot too...

Apparantly Mandelbrot was also slightly eccentric, he began calling himself Benoît B. Mandelbrot but never had a middle name.

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Tiger I E (early production)
A badly mauled Tiger, the many missing road wheels most likely the result of anti-tank mines. Despite the sorry looking state of the Tiger, damage like this could be quickly repaired by the unit's workshop since no vital parts like the armour plates, gun mount or engine compartment seems to have received hits.
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Monday, October 11, 2010

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Where did it go...this need to communicate?..this need for expressing myself on the internet information highway?...

Gone, gone...like smegma under a well-aimed shower head.

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Panzer : Pzkpfw IV, Ausf F2
First to feature the long barreled 75 mm main gun, the F-series started out with the shorter gun, but as production switched to KwK 40 L/43 armament, the later vehicles were simply designated "F2".
It entered service on the battle fields of North Africa and the Soviet Union in spring/ summer 1942 and finally provided the Panzerwaffe with a much needed main battle tank capable of meeting the Soviet T-34 and KV-1 on equal terms. It also gave the Afrikakorps the upper hand against Western allied armour in the desert, but fortunately for the course of WWII they received far too few of them. The F2 was quickly superseded by the Ausf G, which was almost identical to it , except for a few minor changes. The ball shaped muzzle brake (on the F2) is the most distinguishing difference between them.

Monday, October 04, 2010

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(hmm, no, nothing to say...)

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Panzer: Sdkfz 251/9, Ausf C "Stummel"
A fine photo of this fire support half track in wintry surroundings.
The 251/9 mounted a short 75 mm gun (initially leftovers from Stug III and Panzer IV production when it switched to the long barreled version)
The "Stummel" (stumb) provided some extra "bite" to reconnaissance units if they encountered strong enemy forces. Note the tactical and unit markings on the front armour plate (the unit symbol is unknown to me) and the troopers wearing the reversible winter hood for extra warmth and protection, a Sdkfz 250 is also visible to the right.
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