Monday, December 24, 2012

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 Best wishes for a Merry X-Mas and a Happy New Year, from me and the DAMIJWH staff (pictured above)

See y'all again January 7, 2013.

- and don't forget to check back often in 2013, the year of our big ten-year anniversary...

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Panzer: Pzkpfw II, Ausf C
An SS-Sturmmann (lance corporal) stands guard as a group of Panzer II's move up. The location is probably Russia, spring 1942, or possibly Greece one year earlier.
Note how the dunkelgrau paint coat on the panzers has been completely changed to a light sandy colour by accumulated dust and mud.
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Monday, December 17, 2012

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Battling X-mas stress/ anxiety/ madness here with retro TV on YouTube, Carl Sagan's Cosmos!
(this is just a collection of some highlights, but you can easily find all thirteen 60-minute episodes on YouTube by doing a search with carl sagan cosmos)

Carl Sagan, you were such a nice humanistic propagator of science, fact, logic, creativity, peace, dreams and imagination - can't you please return from the dead and save the world together with Obama?.. before the "Unified Fourth Reich of The Global A-Holes" takes over...
(and remember to appoint Brian Eno universal minister of culture)

Well, back to reality... and X-mas shopping.

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Panzer: Sdkfz 250 NEU
A group of brand new Sdkfz 250 arriving at, or en route to the front lines, summer of 1944. Note the textbook application of both unit and tactical markings on the foremost vehicle, placing it with an armoured recon unit (Panzer Aufklärungs Abteilung) of the Grossdeutschland Division
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Monday, December 10, 2012

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Well, a special thanks goes out this week to Eric Reits, one of the regulars at the Missing-Lynx Axis WWII Discussion Group...

And why is that?..well, Eric patrols eBay and when he comes across photos of German WWII AFV's put up for sale which he finds are of special interest to the cognoscenti, he generously posts the links.

Always fine pickings from Eric, and by doing so he's making life easy for people like moi who can then repost select photos to this here blog, add some useful information written in my tantalizing and eloquent style, and thus keep the DAMIJWH Panzer section alive and rocking!

Yes, much of what we achieve in life is done by scrounging on the work of others...kind of philosophical in a way, isn't it?...


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Panzer: Pzkpfw IV, Ausf J
A couple of Panzer IV's lie devastated during the Battle of the Bulge 1944-45. Judging form the white ring painted around a penetration hole on the Pz IV on the left, the panzers might have been used for target practising some time after they were destroyed and the dramatic explosion in the background not the result of actual combat, but staged to create a good publicity photo for the folks back home.
Another explanation could be that the immobilized panzers needed to be cleared from the area and blowing them up was the simplest way to get the job done.
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Monday, December 03, 2012

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He's just too crazy! just too great! that Waldemar Kazak

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Panzer: Volkswagen Typ 82 "Kübelwagen"
Not a panzer since it wasn't armoured, but it would be foolish not to include this popular vehicle in my "revue" of WWII German AFV's.
With more than 50,000 produced 1940-45, the "Kübel" missed out on the campaign in Poland but quickly became one of the most commonly seen vehicles at the front lines from Narvik to Tobruk, acting in every conceivable role that demanded powered transport, and doing this remarkably well considering it lacked the four-wheel drive capacity of its famous American cousin the Jeep.
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Monday, November 26, 2012

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Been having my first "viral experience" I suppose...

I created the above photoshopped image as a spoof directed at a recent ad campaign by the big Danish bank Danske Bank, "The New Normal".

Danske Bank has acted like all the other big banks before, and during, the recession...questionable "ego-cratic" management and investments,  resulting in a huge state-funded bail out which of course was followed by outsourcing of jobs and thousands of layoffs to the bank's staff...

I posted the image to my Facebook account four days ago (next to the other idiosyncratic doodles I put there from time to time) but this time, 94 people shared it during the day and now it has ended up appearing in the online version of Danish newspaper Politiken.

Hmmm.. if this gets as big as I think it will, I want 60% on the merchandise deals!

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Panzer: Sdkfz 5
A group of Luftwaffe field personnel relaxing. The sledge was probably custom made by a local Werkstattkompanie. Other photos in this group show the crew was attached to a radar installation. Note the Wehrmacht rank patch for camouflage clothing worn on the left sleeve by the trooper on the right. He seems to be wearing it on the rare quilted version of the reversible winter uniform. For some reason, this version is mostly seen with Luftwaffe field units.
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Monday, November 19, 2012

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The changes in Wain's cat paintings as his mental problems evolved

Louis Wain drew and painted cats to great acclaim in Victorian England. Lost his savings on bad investment plans, went crazy...

And continued to draw and paint cats.

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Panzer: Sdkfz 8
Created as the towing vehicle for heavy Wehrmacht artillery pieces of the 100 - 210 mm caliber, a total of 4000 were made 1938-45. The rear end license plate seems to be missing on this example.
I have no explanation for the "T" marking except that in some units, artillery was grouped together in "batteries" which were distinguished by letters and not numbers.
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Monday, November 12, 2012

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I don't mind.

YOU take Marilyn Monroe, Betty Page and all the others...

Just leave me Lily St. Cyr

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Panzer: Sdkfz 7 & 88 mm Flak 36/37
The legendary "88" being operated by a Luftwaffe flak crew. Photo taken in summer of 1943 is my guess, and when you note the many vehicles seen in the distant background it could very well have been during the Battle of Kursk.
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Monday, November 05, 2012

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A drawing of mine, ca. 1980.

I remember that day well. I was in the sixth, seventh, or maybe eight grade? My school class and I were visiting the Copenhagen ZOO (animal zoo...) and I remember thinking: "I'd like to walk around the Zoo by myself..." I can't remember much else, except for this desire to be alone and not with my classmates. I wanted to be with my thoughts instead.
I reunited with them later, just in time to que up for the bus "where have you been, we all wondered where you were?" a girl from my class asked, "oh, I just wanted to walk around by myself"  I answered, realising nobody seemed to have had a problem with that. Least of all me.

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Panzer: Sdkfz 251/1, Ausf B
Serving with the Afrika Korps. Note the goggles worn by most of the crew for protection against sand and the swastika flag draped over the engine compartment for air recognition.
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Monday, October 29, 2012

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I'm getting really fond of Retronaut and their amazing collections of photos, such as this one featuring New York back in the days when it was a world class center for art and creativity.
At the same time also a center for poverty and crime... meaning : cheap rent, meaning: people who didn't have a well paid full time job could afford to live there and still do their art.

Today we have gentrification and real estate speculators turning  NYC into yet another tourist trap living on the reputation of a bohemian past, just like Paris, the recent newcomer Berlin, and dare I say it: my own town of Copenhagen.
I suppose the generations to shape the art of the future will do it from low-rent metropolises of the Third World  as middle class kids with grants recycle art's past here in the west while prancing on the streets of "artistic neighborhoods" which have become little more than outdoor museums with live people added.

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Panzer: Sdkfz 250
Wintry conditions for these half tracks. The total absence of any markings besides the Wehrmacht license plates could suggest the photo was taken at a training facility in Germany, probably 1940-42.
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Monday, October 22, 2012

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What are we without our dreams? not really human some would claim...and you can bet these girls are giving it all for the dream of becoming a starlet in 1946 Los Angeles.

from wondrous Retronaut

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Panzer: Pzkpfw IV, Ausf D
A Panzer IV has accidentally slid down a slope and now waits for recovery. Note the "Bison" marking of the 10'th Panzer Division airbrushed onto the turret side and the flag flying above the panzer, probably signaling that a damaged vehicle is present. My guess is the photo was taken in early 1940 since the troopers still wear the black panzer beret but we no longer see the solid white
balkenkreuz national markings used during the Battle of Poland.
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Monday, October 15, 2012

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Attention comic book fans!  -  a new blog about comics, comicbooks and all things comicbookish has been launched! courtesy of moi and my pal Hans Larsen (an architect, but still an ok dude) quickly removeth ye all other comics related bookmarks from your web browsers to make room for:

Plopish.blogspot.com

(and is in English language please sir)

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Panzer: Pzkpfw IV, Ausf H
A panzer IV being ferried down a road aboard a Sonderanhänger 116 tank transporter. Note how it takes the combined efforts of both an Skdfz 9 "FAMO" and a Sdkfz 7 to pull this heavy load. The location could be any mountainous place in southern Europe, or Russia and my guess is somewhere in the Balkans or Greece.
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Monday, October 08, 2012

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"R"
 He was one of the town weirdo's. I was another. And we were some of the smart kids in class. He was into Liberalism. Still a rarity in Denmark in the early eighties when we didn't really know what would come first: The inevitable socialist takeover of the entire world, or the Atom bomb. I was a revolutionary. I dreamed of going to South America to fight the CIA and big business. Fight them with guns.
I had long hair and thick glasses,  he had black curly hair and a genetic defect causing his eyes to water continuously. We were in our early teens, and often met after school. At the place where we could have some privacy and would never meet any of the other kids inhabiting our small town. The local library.
They had a game of chess. So we played chess while  enjoying our common passion: debating the sorry state of things, and what should be done about it. School ended, and we went our separate ways.
I met him on the streets of Copenhagen several years later, in the late eighties. He was now living i Sweden, working with computers. He said "if China and India achieves the same standard of living as we have here in the west, the whole ecological system is going to collapse..."

Smart kid.

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Panzer: Pzkpfw IV
A very intriguing photo, most likely taken from the commander's cupola of a Pz IV during the Battle of France. Note the manner of wearing the headphones practised by the panzer's wounded radio operator seen on the left, enabling him to both receive radio communication and aural messages at the same time. The troopers advancing through the field in the background suggests the panzer operated in the infantry support role during this engagement.
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Monday, October 01, 2012

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Of course! I regularly check out Michael Cho's Sketchbook, because it's a blog, because it's easily accessible via the "internet" information system, and because Michael Cho delivers great news, advice and tutorials on the art of Kartoonin'

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Panzer: Pzkpfw IV, Ausf D
Some Pz IV's crossing a makeshift bridge, ca. 1940-41. The houses in the background look more western European than Russian to me so my guess is the photo was taken during the Battle of France. The panzers also lack the extensive storing of items on the outside and the swastika flags used for air-recognition during Barbarossa
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Monday, September 24, 2012

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Find your rare and exciting photos of abandoned places at You Can't Take Pictures Here

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Panzer: Panzerbeobachtungswagen III, Ausf F
These specialist vehicles were converted from standard Panzer III's in 1942-44 and used for artillery range finding and target spotting. The main gun was removed and replaced by an MG 34, with a dummy gun made from wood or aluminium fitted next to it, to conceal the Panzer's true purpose from the enemy. Note the unusual collar patches worn by the trooper in full gear and helmet, lacking the small metal skulls normally attached.
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Monday, September 17, 2012

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Also do I Wayne White dig

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Panzer: Sturmgeschütz III, Ausf C
Another Stug with a "deaths head" marking, and a non-standard two-digit vehicle number. The officer standing next to it (a leutnant I believe) is kitted out as a typical German Army squad leader with binoculars around his neck and a stick grenade ready for action, tucked in behind the belt buckle.
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Monday, September 10, 2012

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Read about the fascinating drawings by T.S.Sullivant

YES! - another great article from animationresources.org

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Panzer: Panzeratrappe
Build from aluminium, plywood or stretched canvas around a standard motorcar, these vehicles were used for training in the early years of the Panzerwaffe. Note the crewmen wearing the black panzer beret but standard field grey German Army trousers and what looks like raincoats, perhaps early versions of the rainproof greatcoat for motorcyclists, the Kradmantel .
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Monday, September 03, 2012

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Intriguing damaged photos of post WWII Stalingrad, taken in 1947 by decadent western LIFE magazine photographer Thomas D. McAvoy

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Panzer: Sdkfz 250
Hiding out in the crop fields, summer of 1944. The ditch in front of the vehicle was probably dug to provide cover for the crewmen if Soviet IL-II Sturmovik ground attack aircraft made their presence.
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Monday, August 27, 2012

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Photo courtesy of Subversive

Diggeth ye some fascinating photos of post-industrial decay at Derelict Metropolis

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Panzer: Pzkpfw IV, Ausf A
Judging from the open centered Balkenkreuz painted on the hull side and the crew member wearing the standard field grey German Army side cap (replacing the unpopular black Panzer beret), the photo was probably taken in early 1940. Also note a rare Pzkpfw III, Ausf B in the background, identifiable by the eight-wheeled running gear, unique to this version of the Panzer III.
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Monday, August 20, 2012

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Here I am.

I went up in a fighter plane, shark's mouth painted on the nose!

But they shot it down.

I went up in a four-engine bomber, loaded with machine guns and radar, and six buddies to help me fight!

But they shot that down too.

Then I got me a 50-ton tank, with a big gun and the thickest armour you could make.

I barely escaped from the burning wreck...

Proudly, I received my Captain's rank
- in a submarine, they won't even know I'm there!

But the sea mines did.

Now, I'm living in the hills. My trusted sniper rifle resting on my knee.

I've got plenty of time.

waiting.

For them to make a move.

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Panzer: Sturmgeschutz III, Ausf C
A battery of Stug's moving up the line, mingling with another trusted companion of the German Army in WWII : the horse drawn supply cart. The death's head marking painted on the foremost Stug does not mean it served with the SS-Totenkopf Division. More likely it was a unit-specific marking inspired by the death's head collar tabs worn by panzer and Stug units.
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Monday, August 13, 2012

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When I was working at the post office, sorting mail hour after hour, listening to music while you worked helped kill the boredom and made you forget about the pain in your neck and the sound of your co-workers chatting about sports and how drunk they had been during the weekend.
Like some, I preferred to shut out the mainstream radio transferred to us over the speaker system and instead put on my trusty mp3 player for songs of my selection.
A co-worker of mine, an old hippie who was a music freak and passionate record collector  (I actually turned him onto The Jesus and Mary Chain) He had seen all the Danish hippie bands play when they first started out, and Jimi Hendrix when he visited Copenhagen.
As with most people working there, he liked to talk to keep from going crazy, and complained about we who sat there with our ears plugged into the mp3 players, like zombies... "there's no contact with you guys! you just shut everything out!" so, I ask him "but you like listening to music more than anybody here, why don't you get an mp3 player?" and he answered "it's like we said back in the old days: a radio? I''ve got that inside my head..."

And, yes...I've got one too.

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Panzer: Sdkfz 131 Panzerjäger "Marder II"
Based on the then obsolete Pzkpfw II chassis, but mounting the powerful PaK 40 anti tank gun, the Marder II entered service with Panzerjäger units of Panzer divisions in the summer of 1942. With a thinly armoured, open topped fighting compartment, the Marder II was not suitable for direct tank-to-tank engagement on the open battlefield. Using ambush techniques, it would engage enemy armour from a concealed position.
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Monday, August 06, 2012

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This summer I've spent a lot of time (as I do every year) going through fan mail.
As always, fans are enthusiastic about the blog and write us something positive and encouraging, with the odd proposal for marriage or casual sex in a nearby parking house thrown in.
Regrettably, we also receive a few letters from the typical embittered, web-addicted, loser-types, who say that this blog should have been shut down years ago because of the extreme boredom of the postings! they are insinuating that only a handful (one hand) of people read the blog! and conclude their vile attacks by making the preposterous claim that there is an obvious lack of energy and enthusiasm here at DAMIJWH!

WRONG!

This blog is often quoted as one of the most interesting sources for reading on the WWW,  several leading editors, writers and journalists have permanently bookmarked it in Netscape and other Internet web browsers!

let this be a message to those who like to complain, and criticise what we are doing here at DAMIJWH:

WE WILL CONTINUE, AND NOT STOP DOING WHAT WE ARE DOING  - MRS. VERY-SMALL-TESTICLES!

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Panzer: DB 10, gepanzerte Sdkfz 8
Rare tracks here, less than twenty of this armoured version of the Sdkfz 8 half track were made.
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Monday, July 02, 2012

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Hollidaysies here at DAMIJWH, see you Monday, August 6

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Panzer: Panzer modell
A couple of panzermänner passing time on the eastern front building a (rather fine) model of a Soviet KV I, ca. 1943. The Pzkpfw III in the background most likely belonged to the staff company of a panzer regiment. The number "O1" often being reserved for the regimental commander himself. If he had any experience of life at the front, he would probably have chosen to command his troops from a more discreet vehicle, such as a Sdkfz 251/3 radio equipped half track.
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Monday, June 25, 2012

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Why not have yourself a nice old  laf-a-thon with: The Hair Hall of Fame

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Panzer: Sdkfz 9 "FAMO"
Technically not a panzer since it was neither armoured, nor armed, this giant (18 ton) half track served faithfully in the recovery role, salvaging many a broken down panzer. These two vehicles were photographed after WWII in Esbjerg, Denmark and might have served with 233rd Reserve Panzer Division which was stationed in Denmark 1943-45.
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Monday, June 18, 2012

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If you are a twelve-step-rehab-program-considering-image-adict, just like me...here's a handy little list of Photo agencies and photo libraries on the net

(the list is actually missing a personal favourite of mine, French agency ADOC)

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Panzer: Pzkpfw IV, Ausf A
The first panzer IV, most likely photographed in 1940-41. With a production run of only thirty-five the Ausf A was never a common sight on the battle field, quickly replaced with later versions incorporating thicker armour and other improvements.
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Monday, June 11, 2012

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Sack the entire staff!...why was I only last week notified of  The Official Daniel Clowes blog !!!?..

well, can't blame everything on the employees here at DAMIJWH...maybe I'm just...getting old...

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Panzer: Pzkpfw IV, Ausf H & Jagdpanzer 38 (t) Hetzer
A candid photo taken in Budapest, late 1944 when German troops occupied the city to prevent Hungary from surrendering to the advancing Red Army, and thereby denying Germany access to its last available oil reserves.
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Monday, June 04, 2012

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Looks like this vernacular photography collecting might be my new hobby :-)

Of course, you don't have to spend much time on a place like German eBay to discover that the majority of photos offered are photos of WWII soldiers which attract many bidders and subsequently sell for high prices (the more medals on their chests, the higher prices)

You will however also discover that there are many sellers who sell less "interesting" photos for an average of 1 to 2 Euro + about the same amount for shipment.

This leaves some opportunities, I believe, because to me, something like the above photo is quite interesting.

If you look closely you will see an early member of Hitler's SA standing at the far left. I imagine he is photographed here with his relatives. On his left side: probably the wife and his, or her, mother is the elderly lady seated in the middle. The sisters or aunts next to the mother. Maybe the SA man's eldest son to the far right with the other children, or nephews, placed in front.
To me these people are simply the average Germans of the era which saw the birth of Nazism. The absence of other grown men could mean they all died in WWI. The elderly woman wear some small tin badges on her chest, denoting membership of National Socialist organisations who cared for war victims (I found this out by posting the photo at a Third Reich militaria collector's forum). The women are heavy from much manual labour and numerous childbirths. Nobody is smiling. They have no time for such nonsense. The are the rank and file, the people who survive on hard work. They know their place. You can have your Jewish writers, your homosexuals, your jazz music and other crazy filth in your big cities. We don't care. We have to get up early and work. We are a family. We stick together, we protect one another. We like Herr Hitler. He is not a career politician in a top hat, or a rich nobleman with a "von" in his name. Hitler is one of us. We believe in Hitler. He believes in us.

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Panzer: SdKfz 138/1, Ausf H "Bison"
Maybe the creators of this camouflage scheme had a bit to much wine to drink during their lunch hour... or one of them held a degree in suprematist painting?..
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Monday, May 28, 2012

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While trawling German ebay one night, looking for Gotlib comic books (he's big in Germany and some of his titles can be bought at a fraction of the ridiculously expensive Danish language versions) I came across this lovely young lady and managed to pick the photo up for a few Euro's (nobody else was bidding...) A 1940's fashion aficionado me (though, not dressing retro), I instantly recognized the "victory rolls" hairstyle adorning this charming Parisian Mademoiselle which would place her in a 1940-45 time frame. This turned out to be true, since on the back of the photo you will find several lines scribbled in French which reads something like this: " Souvenir from a beautiful time for my little Pierre, which I love very much - A mein Kleinen Liebling" signed Mariette. And at the top of the photo, the date: 2 - 6 -1941 and also the location:  Montmartre.

Obviously the photo is a typical 1940s studio-portrait, taken by a professional photographer and in my (fertile) imagination I see Mariette working as a nightclub actress/ singer/ dancer in the famous Montmartre district, entertaining the occupying German forces in wartime Paris. She probably had a whole stack of these photos made, to hand out to admirers as a personal souvenir. Her blond hairdo and the ability to write "for my little love" in German, suggests she was consciously directing her charms at German soldiers having some days of leisure in "gay Paris", before the next campaign. The date on the photo could point in that direction: less than three weeks later, on June 22, 1941 the German Wehrmacht would commit most of its available forces to launching the largest invasion in history: Operation Barbarossa, the attack on Soviet Russia.

With that in mind, one can only guess as to what happened to Pierre (who's actual name was probably the German "Peter") Five and a half million German soldiers died in WWII, the wast majority on the Eastern front. Did he end his life only six months later on the frozen fields outside Moscow? Maybe he did.

And Mariette? When she signed that photo in June 1941, Germany ruled the continent of Europe and in many people's minds, they would probably continue to do so. Three years and three months later, the tables had turned completely. Allied troops were driving their tanks around liberated Paris, and like many other French women who had been friendly with the Germans,  Mariette was perhaps caught on the wrong side of events. Her "Teutonic" blond curls which had beguiled the German occupiers, might have seemed very provocative to other French citizens, who then stiffened their own patriotism by shaving them off as an act of retribution. This would make poor Mariette one of 20.000 French women who suffered this treatment after the liberation, which for a brief time was apparently popular enough to appear on novelty postcards.

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Panzer: Pzkpfw V "Panther", Ausf A
Some relaxed Americans in front of an abandoned Panther after the Normandy landings. France, summer 1944. Production of the newer Panther Ausf G had begun in March 1944, but allied bombings had disrupted production and the Ausf A is the most commonly seen in photos of the Normandy battles.
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Monday, May 21, 2012

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This fellow could be a character from one of Moebius sci-fi stories...

Highly interesting blog article about 19'th century clowns and acrobats - a fascinating world of very talented people who could do amazing things with their bodies and who's art lived on in early silent era cinema through more widely known geniuses like Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd.
Found on the equally interesting blog: physicalcomedy.blogspot.com/
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Panzer: Pzkpfw VI, Königstiger
A couple of knocked out Kingtigers (or Tiger II) with the so-called "Porsche turret". Neither of the two designs used for Tiger II turrets were in fact made by the Porsche firm, both were designed by the gun manufacturer Krupp. Since only fifty Kingtigers were fitted with this type of turret, the location could be France where they were used in numbers during the battles after D-Day.
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Monday, May 14, 2012

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Abandoned council housing project in a Copenhagen suburb is blown up!
renegade blogger Lennard Grahn is there at the scene, reporting and photographing.

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Panzer: Pzkpfw IV, Ausf G
Taken in Tunisia, 1943 by a photographer working for LIFE magazine.
Note the remains of a Tiger I in the background and the dark grey paint on the inside of the open turret hatch, left over when the Panzer was repainted in desert brown for service with the Africa Korps.  
More photos here 
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Wednesday, May 09, 2012

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Liberated city, 1944. Photo by soviet photographer Michael Savin

May 9'th, Victory Day

More WWII photos at waralbum.ru


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Panzer: Pzkpfw VI Tiger, Ausf B Königstiger
A very rare amateur photo of a Tiger II parked in a Berlin street (Pariser Straße) during the battle for that city.
The Tiger most likely belonged to Schweres SS-Panzer Abteilung 503 which was defending the area leading up to the Reichstag, situated about six kilometers from where the photo was taken.

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Monday, May 07, 2012

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Oui...Je suis a Serge Clerc fan and naturallement I visit tres regulaire at memoiresdelespion.blogspot.com


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 Panzer: Pzkpfw III Fahrschule
A turretless and unarmed Pz III, most likely from a tank driving or gunnery school.
The most peculiar thing about this photo is perhaps that the troopers are all wearing Luftwaffe uniforms... they could of course be an early cadre for the Hermann Göring Division
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Monday, April 30, 2012

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I'd like to express my deepest thanks to the people who create small (but extremely useful) software utilities and distribute them freely on the Internet.

You are the true heroes of the digital age.

(and I can now watch that German educational movie which for some %€%/(#""?!!! reason was compressed in a weird format that wouldn't open with Stuffit...)

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Panzer: Sdkfz 250/3 Leichter Funkpanzerwagen
Belonging to the 24'th Panzer Division. The photo was most likely taken during the Wehrmacht's drive into Southern Russia, summer of 1942 (which would eventually lead the Division to its destruction in the Battle of Stalingrad). Note the open hatches on the side of the engine compartment, a common practice during warm weather to prevent over heating. -----

Monday, April 23, 2012

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Editions of one, delivers music (of the experimental kind) recorded directly to old school tape cassette, which you then buy with Paypal.

Neat.

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Panzer: Pzkpfw IV, Ausf G
Lots of extra equipment carried on this pz Iv. The setting could be the last stand of the Afrika korps in Tunesia, or maybe a panzer serving in the long retreat up through Italy.
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Monday, April 16, 2012

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Please get this woman off me, she's unbelievably heavy!

And today? rare photos of famous people you already saw six years ago... but HEY! running a blog is not easy...

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Panzer: SdKfz 140/1 Aufklärungspanzer 38 (t)
Believe it of not, but here is a photo showing an AufklPz 38 (t) together with other abandoned German vehicles in my native country Denmark, 1945 (at the far right in the photo)
Given the rarity of this vehicle one wonders how on earth it ended up in Denmark...but for those in command of my native tongue there is this fine in-depth article by O. Drostrup : Panzers in Kolding
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Monday, April 09, 2012

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Frolicking Danes

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Panzer: Pzkpfw V "Panther", Ausf D
Serving in early 1945 with the newly established Pz. Div Feldherrnhalle 2.
The division was raised from survivors from the Pz. Div Feldherrnhalle 1 and various training units, which explains the presence of a 1943 vintage Panther so late in the war. The crew man on the far right appears to be a "panzer spiess", or company sergeant major. Identifiable by two rows of rank braid (tress) sewn around the cuffs
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Monday, April 02, 2012

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Why not enjoy the charms of Catherine Deneuve's older sister Françoise Dorléac, who unfortunately died in a car accident early in her career

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Panzer: Sturmgeschütz III, ausf C
A StuG ferrying some troops on a typical Russian dirt road. Photo most likely taken in spring 1942. The troops are lucky to have the rare luxury of armoured support, even if that meant they were in a "busy" part of the front lines with a higher risk of getting killed.
Note the horse drawn carts just visible, responsible for the vast majority of German Army supplies distribution on the Eastern front.
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Monday, March 26, 2012

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After I've lost interest in most of what modern art is trying to have us believe, I've developed a growing interest in ancient art. It's probably just more nostalgia...but you can't help noticing the simple beauty of this art. That was before the highly advanced concepts of uglyness and "cool".

Diggeth for example this very interesting page which tries to visualize what the people depicted in prehistoric art might actually have looked like (page is in Czech, use a translator)

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Panzer: Sturmhaubitze 42
The StuH 42 was simply a Stug III mounting a 105 mm howitzer instead of the usual 75 mm weapon. Ideally, one in every five vehicles in a Stug battery had to be a Sturmhaubitze, for providing heavy fire-support when needed.
The relaxing crew is typical of German WWII troops as they presented themselves in dayli life on, or immediately behind, the front lines. Of note is the lack of collar tabs on the crew jackets (there is a befuddling variation on the theme of Stug unit collar tabs...), and the man in front eating a sandwich who is wearing a campaign shield on his upper sleeve.It could be the Crimea shield, awarded for participation in the Crimean campaign in 1942. Photo is most likely taken in spring/ summer 1944.
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Monday, March 19, 2012

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Goodbye SCALA...

Can't say I'm really going miss this partly unsuccessful attempt at creating a shopping mall in central Copenhagen, standing abandoned for several years.

Before Scala it was called Anva which was a favourite of my grandmother's (probably because it was operated by the Danish workers co-op: FDB) and I remember going there with her and my mom.

Another reminder of the changing times, and changing Copenhagen.

And what will they put up instead, here right opposite Tivoli, about a hundred meters from Town Hall Square, an area filled with tourists, hotels, bars, cafe's, cinema's?..

A ten-story building filled with offices for lawyers, naturellement...

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Panzer: Sturmmörserwagen "Sturmtiger"
Another US Signal Corps photo, this time of a knocked out Sturmtiger, Rodingen, Germany. March 1945.
The three Bazooka penetrations through the rear armour would have entered the engine compartment and put a stop to the monster. The right side track has also been damaged.
Abandoned Panzers were often used for target practise by allied troops for testing their own weapons.It is possible that the Sturmtiger was abandoned due to the broken track and the damage we see was done later. The hatch lying on the ground belonged to the top of the fighting compartment, opened when the Sturmtiger's 380 mm rocket shells were loaded into the vehicle with an on board crane, also just visible between the two exhaust pipes.
A surviving Sturmtiger is preserved at the Deutsches Panzermuseum in Germany

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Monday, March 12, 2012

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Photo courtesy of the fredlees

Well...still pretty sad here about the loss of Jean Giraud/ Moebius

Of course, he lived to be seventy-three and had accomplished more than any artist could possibly wish for, and even had new material coming out last year...

A true giant of comic book art, the Blueberry western saga alone could easily have secured him a position as one of the great masters of Comicdom.
Apparently, that was not enough for a creator of this magnitude... while still continuing the work with Blueberry, he spearheaded a revolution of the media itself with Arzach, The Airtight Garage and the Sci-Fi masterpiece: The Incal, not to mention countless other displays of his superior drawing and designing skills, and storytelling.

A rare combination of the true visionary and the superior craftsman. He will be sorely missed.

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Panzer: Jagdpanzer V Jagdpanther
A burned out wreck being inspected by a British serviceman in Holland, late 1944.
A penetration hole through the last schürtzen armour plate clearly visible, most likely causing an fuel tank- or engine fire.
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Monday, March 05, 2012

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Catherine Deneuve
, back in ancient times when smoking a cigarette was somehow socially acceptable...

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Panzer: Panzerjäger V "Jagdpanther"
Abandoned in Germany, early spring 1945.
With a large penetration hole visible in the frontal armour, there's little doubt as to what put an end to this vehicle.
Note the second penetration in the left side track. Most likely this was the first shot, stopping the advancing Jagdpanther, with the Allied gunner finishing the panzer off with the number two shot straight through the armour plate.
The numbers and letters scribbled on the edge of the photo identifies it as the work of a US SIGNAL CORPS camera man.
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Monday, February 27, 2012

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Catherine Deneuve in the film "La Chamade"(1968)
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Panzer: Pzkpfw VI, Ausf B "Königstiger"
Abandoned at a roadside in Germany, spring 1945. Note the hatch for the engine compartment on the ground in front of the Tiger, suggesting the panzer was rendered useless by its own crew by placing an explosive charge here.
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Monday, February 20, 2012

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Yes...you're another middle-class wimp who grew up comfortably in a dull suburb between 1960 and 1980, your adolescence emerging at a time when everything was covered in brown hessian and women wore overalls...no wonder you turned out a complete freak! - with an insatiable craving for...

VINTAGE SLEAZE!

(go on! it's all there!, the stuff you (secretly) love! : Betty Page!, Gene Bilbrew, Bill Ward!, Times Square peep shows! politically incorrect Mens mags! freaks! fucks!, frillies and low life!)

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Panzer: Sdkfz 250/1 NEU
Recruits of a Panzergrenadier unit going through the paces with their drill instructor (man with his back to the camera)
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Monday, February 13, 2012

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Yes, you guessed it...another week here at DAMIJWH dedicated to Catherine Deneuve, this time photographed while filming Belle de Jour


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Panzer: Sd. Kfz. 138/1, Ausf H "Bison"
looks like the un-armed munitions carrier version of the Bison, without the main gun (a 150 mm sIG 33) which should be visible from this angle.
If needed, the munitions carrier could be converted back to an ordinary Bison in the field. Note that the vehicle is in fact placed on a railway flatcar as the Sdkfz 251 parked in front of it. The high (900) numbers seen on both vehicles were often reserved for specialist support vehicles serving with Panzer divisions, like armoured, self propelled artillery, recon vehicles etc.
The Russian T-34/85's in the background would be placing this photo within a summer of 1944 time frame .
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Monday, February 06, 2012

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Sorry, nothing to bother you with this week...down with a cold for the last couple of days...but you do get this nice photo of Catherine Deneuve...

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Panzer: Pzkpfw V "Panther", Ausf D
The lack of any markings on the Panther could suggest the photo was taken at a training facility far from the front. Perhaps at a gunnery range, explaining the extreme tilting of the gun. Note the wearing of standard German Army greatcoats over the black panzer uniform.
A black "panzer" version of the greatcoat was never issued, probably because panzer troops were part of the Army (Heer) instead of belonging to a separate branch like Luftwaffe or Kriegsmarine (Navy) personnel, who received greatcoats in their respective uniform colours (grey blue and dark blue)
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Monday, January 30, 2012

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Yes, we've all heard about "man and machine"...usually associated with images of smiling, grease-stained factory workers of the heavy industries, but what about "woman and machine"?...beautifully complementing each other in these vintage ads...

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Panzer: Pzkpfw VI Tiger, Ausf B "Königstiger" (Tiger II)
A couple of abandoned Tiger II's after making their last stand in the Battle of Königsberg, April 1945. Note the pile of spent 88 mm shell cases on the ground.
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Monday, January 23, 2012

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Watch on YouTube

Interesting YouTube film project by Prairie Lion Moving Stories, recreating the battles on the Eastern front at the end of WWII with a great deal of realism: Der Endsieg

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Panzer: Pzkpfw III, Ausf E
Trundling down a road in France or Belgium, a shop sign written in French is visible in the background. A bolted on steel plate is partially obscuring the MG mount in the front armour plate, perhaps to cover a penetration hole.
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Monday, January 16, 2012

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Interesting photos by an unknown Russian photographer depicting Moscow during the Soviet era ca. 1920 -60.
Judging from the high quality and motifs of some of the photos I think the photographer might have worked for at press agency, while others look more "vernacular".

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Panzer: Pzkpfw IV, Ausf B
Damaged/ destroyed Panzer IV and II on the battlefield, most likely in Russia. Note the upturned Sdkfz 10 in the foreground with a Pak 36 it was towing lying on top of it. This destruction was probably the result of heavy artillery bombardment or maybe an aerial attack.
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