Monday, January 27, 2014

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Killing other races in a far away place can be a drag sometimes, so why not have a few laffs?...read all about the toilet bomb

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Panzer: Panzerjäger V Jagdpanther
A JP found a final resting place somewhere in Holland.
Judging from the many missing parts and rusted exterior the photo was probably taken some time after the end of WWII.
The missing roof suggests the panzer was blown up by its own crew, which often meant placing an explosive charge in the fighting compartment. The roof, made from the thinnest armour plate found on the panzer,  was blown out by the pressure of the explosion, rendering the vehicle useless.
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Monday, January 20, 2014

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Get yer tantalising collage art from Bene Rohlman

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Panzer: Pzkpfw II Fahrschule
A panzer II without turret for training tank drivers.
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Monday, January 13, 2014

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A large archive of WWII photos taken by SS-Kriegsberichter available here

A good many photos of SS troops during their training and at various parades and ceremonies, but you will also find photos taken at the front lines, and material like this rather disturbing series showing what looks like SS doctors doing some kind of research involving women and children in an Eastern European town.

I think photos like these clearly show that the fighting troops of the Waffen-SS were not just "ordinary soldiers" who had no part in the horrors of the Holocaust, as some veterans and apologists want us believe, when in fact they played a very important role by paving the way for other, more specialist SS units who then carried out the actual atrocities.
 
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Panzer: Sturmgeschütz III, Ausf G
A couple of Stug III supporting a patrol of SS troops 1943-44.
It looks like the two men carrying sticks use them for testing the ground for something, maybe ice covered water which would be a threath to the StuGs.
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Monday, January 06, 2014

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The new year in Copenhagen, as seen from the swanky neighbourhood of  Islands Brygge

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Panzer: Pzkpfw IV, Ausf G
In what looks like tropical atire, just like the two crewmen so the location could be N-Africa but also Italy or Southern Russia. The panzer III in the background seems to be painted in standard dark grey, which suggests the Panzer IV is one of the first to be delivered in the new Dunkelgelb standard colour for all Wehrmacht vehicles, and much of its equipment.
This Panzer IV lacks markings and the front MG 34 which could indicate it was a brand new delivery being prepared for service by the werkstattcompanie.
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