Monday, May 30, 2011

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...blogging...nobody blogs any more, Lennard - why do YOU still blog?...


well...like...you...know...why not?


And now:

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Panzer: SdKfz 186 Jagdpanzer VI Jagdtiger Ausf. B

A Panzermann poses proudly for a photo in front of the monster on a railway loading ramp. Note the factory's fahrgestell number (chassis production number) painted on the glacis and the narrow "transportation" tracks fitted for rail transport instead of the wide "combat" tracks used in the field. This Jagdtiger is one of the few (11) produced with the simpler and cheaper "Porsche" type suspension, identified by having the same type of roadwheels as used on the Panzerjaeger "Elefant".
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Monday, May 23, 2011

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Montmartre, Paris ca. 1900

If images like the above is to your taste maybe www.parisenimages.fr is worth a peek.

If you prefer the glossy, staged and photo shopped photographic crapola popular with today's brethren of cretinous brain dead philistines (along with designer sunglasses, city renewal, capitalism, and Justin Bieber) forget about these outstanding historic photos - they don't even have colour! you are not getting your moneys worth! black and white gives you cancer! - just like old buildings! stay away!

And after this: old metal

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Panzer: Pzkpfw IV, Ausf J
Abandoned at the end of WWII, this late model Panzer IV has obviously fallen victim to scrap metal hunters. The Ausf J can be identified by the omission of the observation ports on the left and right sides of the hull, where the driver and radio operator was positioned. This was done to simplify production and save materials.
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Monday, May 16, 2011

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Panzers only this week - with the Sdkfz 253 armoured artillery observation vehicle.

We see it here with a couple of Sturmgeschütz III, Ausf B's (or A's...) and a motorcycle dispatch rider. Probably a typical combination for the Stug III's early war role as mobile artillery support for the infantry.
The open flat landscape could suggest the photo was taken in Russia, but judging from the headlights on the 253 and Stug lacking the low-visibility covers usually required at the front lines, we could also be looking at a unit training in Germany.

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Monday, May 09, 2011

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Female recruits of the Soviet Red Army pose for a photograph with their commanding officer during WWII.

800.000 Soviet women joined the armed forces to fight in The Great Patriotic War as World War II was known to them.

Unlike the Axis and western allied armies, The Red army deployed women in front line units where they served as medical attendants, snipers, tank drivers or tank machine gunners. Many women also served unofficially as partisans.

I like the "ordinariness" of the women in the photo. They would probably have felt better nursing their children, bringing in the harvest or working as school teachers or tram conductors, or studying at the poly technical school. History decided they had to defend their homeland against foreign invaders, so here they are.

May 9 is traditionally celebrated as Victory Day

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Panzer: Pzkpfw V, Ausf G "Panther"
Soviet officers inspecting wrecked panzers at a vehicle dump in Germany, April 1945. The swastika on the Panther was most likely added by the Soviets after the vehicle was captured.
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Monday, May 02, 2011

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Looking for some relaxing tunes while recovering from that "experimental" sauna party on the all-senior cruise ship?... why not tryeth ye the music of Autobunny

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Panzer: PANZER commander
A nice amateur photo of maneuvers in summmer 1943, Colonel Adelbert SCHULZ (in center wearing his Knight's Cross with oakleaves) is handing out directions.
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