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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