Monday, December 23, 2013

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A merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all from us here at DAMIJWH!

Unbeknownst to most, DAMIJWH is produced and maintained by my trusty team of assistants at Studios Lennard Grahn, pictured above wearing the company's smart new outfits with the famous black triangle logo.

- well done chaps, and keep up the good work!

See you all again January 6, 2014.

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Panzer: Pzkpfw V "Panther", Ausf G
Reportedly this photo show a Panther abandoned in the suburbs of Berlin, spring / summer 1945.
Many interesting late-production details can be seen in this photo, like a two-tone factory camouflage scheme (brown and green) applied to the turret and upper hull, and the special rectangular stowage box for housing infra-red equipment, replacing the right hand side rear end stowage box (you can tell by the open stowage box hatch)
These boxes were fitted to a number of Panthers without any of them ever receiving the actual infra-red sights and range finders. Whether infra-red equipped Panthers did or did not see action during the Battle of Berlin is still a subject of debate.
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Monday, December 16, 2013

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Still down with physical problems...but now the pain has changed from a "blowtorch" type pain directed at my lower back, to a "fractured" type pain in my right shoulder.

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Panzer: Pzkpfw II, Ausf C
Photo most likely taken after or during the battle of France . Note the presence of two practices for applying vehicle numbers: The early method of numbered rhomboid-shaped metal plates, and the later method of painting the numbers directly onto the turret sides.
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Monday, December 09, 2013

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Sorry, not much here today because I have some acute back pains preventing me from sitting in front of a computer for longer periods, but I'll be fine in a couple of days and you do gets yer panzer, being the armoured version of the Sdkfz 8 which was pretty rare, maybe less than five made.

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Panzer: SdKfz 8/ DB10 Gepanzerte 12t
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Monday, December 02, 2013

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Why not diggeth the caricatures and funny drawings by John Holcroft

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Panzer: Pzkpfw III, ausf E
Most likely taken in the early part of 1941 at an armoured detachment's barracks during an inspection of the troops, since the Panzer Gefreiter in the photo wears his regulation black tie with grey-green, grey, or brown shirt.
In the buttonhole of his panzer wrapper we find the ribbon of the Kriegsverdienstkreuz, II klasse  , awarded for actions that did not merit an Iron Cross. Usually this was because the recipient had not carried out an act of personal bravery in the face of the enemy, but had performed beyond the requirements of his duty. Of special interest is the decoration on his chest, the SA Sportsabzeichen/ Wehrabzeichen. Originally awarded by the Nazi party to members of the SA who had gone through a series of demanding physical tests. It was later awarded to, and permitted to be worn by,  personnel of the Wehrmacht who had successfully completed the same tests. With this in mind, we could very well be looking at the unit's drill sergeant, responsible for the physical education of new recruits.
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