Monday, May 27, 2013

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The swastika was the national symbol of The Third Reich and
often used for decoration. Here during a celebration at an electricity
plant.


Why not investigate the world of private German WWII photos at www.militaria-archive.com

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Panzer: Munitionspanzer I
A number of Panzer I's had their turrets replaced with a simple hatch to be used for carrying munitions during the Battle of France. Panzer I's were used since they proved to be too lightly armed and armoured when facing French tanks like the Char B1 and Somua S35.
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Monday, May 20, 2013

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The nuclear plant of the future by Eberhard Binder-Staßfurt

Get your retro visions of the future made by German artists from both West and East  at www.retro-futurismus.de

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Panzer: Panzeratrappe
A couple of dummy panzers constructed from wood or aluminium around a standard motor car. These were used for basic training of panzer crews throughout WWII. Note that the troopers are wearing standard Army field grey sidecaps and reed green drill uniforms. The trademark black panzer uniform was saved from wear during the more messy parts of the training, or perhaps these men are simply the maintenance crew of a tank training facility.
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Monday, May 13, 2013

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Path 6, 2011

Flappergast as you are sucked deeply into the nordic mysticism of...no forget that crap...
- cool photos by Finnish artist:  Eeva Karhu

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Panzer: Pzkpfw V, Ausf A Panther
A candid amateur photo showing a group of damaged Panthers, probably on their way back to Germany for major overhaul at a factory. Taking photos like that would have been very risky during wartime, but perhaps the photographer was a trusted employee of the Wehrmacht.
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Thursday, May 09, 2013

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May 9, Victory Day.

Amateur photo of a Red Army prisoner, taken by a German soldier in 1941-42.

German soldiers liked to take photos of non-white people they encountered during WWII:  gypsies, Jews, Africans serving with the French army, the black soldiers of the US Army.

The "Mongolians" coming from Soviet Russia's most eastern territories were no exception, and given the anxious expression on this man's face you can't help wondering if he died from mistreatment, starvation or disease a few months later, like 2 million other soviet POW's in German custody.

Or was he photographed because he had offered to serve as a "Hiwi" (Hilfs Williger)  doing odd jobs for the German Wehrmacht? It would keep him out of the POW camp, but have him branded a collaborator when the tides of war changed, most likely earning him a turn in the Soviet prison camp system instead, or death by firing squad.

Who knows. History is written by those who survive, and are lucky enough to be the winners.

Happy Victory Day.

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Panzer: Sturmgeschütz III, ausf G
A group of StuG's in wintry conditions, most likely on the Eastern front. Note the telescope poking up through the commanders hatch. At first sight it might look as if the StuG's are supporting advancing infantry, but it's probably the other way round.A StuG was a lot more valuable to the Wehrmacht than a lowly Grenadier, and the troopers are there to protect the Stug's from Soviet infantry who would try to lop grenades down the open hatch or throw fire bombs (Molotov cocktails) into the engine ventilation ducts.
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Monday, May 06, 2013

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David Vicente, he's a frenchie... and he draws Le stuff cool!

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Panzer: Panzerbefehlswagen III, Ausf E
A spot of trouble for this Pz.Bf.Wg and a Sonderanhanger 116 tank transporter, providing us with a nice view of the upper surfaces and the panzer's large "bedstead" radio aerial. A divisional marking painted in yellow is visible next to the turret number "31" It could be that of the 5th Panzer Division which used an "X" marking.
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