Monday, August 08, 2011


Back in younger days, I worked as a cleaning attendant at the big state hospital in Copenhagen - Rigshospitalet. During the summer holidays, when there was less activity at the hospital, we were put to work in small teams cleaning up entire wards that had been closed down temporarily for this purpose. We had plenty of time to do the work, which meant we also had plenty of time to do nothing. In one of the wards we found a huge stack of large boards made from cardboard, used by the hospital staff for organizing their work schedule. The hospital was one of the tallest buildings in Copenhagen, sixteen stories high, so we folded the boards into big paper airplanes and went out on the balcony to fly them. Unfortunately, there was draft and turbulence surrounding the building, so our paper planes could never fly more than a few feet off the building before they did a nosedive and spiraled to the ground, looking pathetic. One very hot and dull day I was alone in the ward. The others had probably gone down to the Cafeteria to buy cigarettes and ogle some nurses. Being bored, I made a paper airplane from one of the boards and let it go from the balcony. And to my surprise, it just kept going...and going - and going! Without any trouble, and in a straight line, it flew away from the hospital, across the large parking lot in front of the hospital, across the street and over the apartment blocks on the other side of the street, heading for central Copenhagen. I lost sight of it, but it was still flying. "Crazy!" I must have been the warm winds creating some up drift... or maybe it was just a freak incident. I was ecstatic, Lennard Grahn - master paper planeer! But then I thought: "nobody is going to believe me if I tell them..."

So I didn't.

(but now I've told you, dear reader - perhaps you believe me?..)

Panzer: Sdkfz 263 Panzerfunkwagen 8 rad
A specialist long-range radio car used extensively by the Panzerwaffe 1939-43. The excessive amount of stovage carried on the outside of the vehicle suggests the photo was taken during the early part of the invasion of Soviet-Russia when armoured units progressed quickly along the fronts, and moved far away from service and supply facilities. Of note is the on-board motorcycle, visible just above the trooper on the far right.


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