Monday, March 31, 2014

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Delight in the world of Retro Futurism

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Panzer: Bergepanzer V, Ausf. A  Bergepanther
This recovery vehicle is definitely one of the rarer Panzers found in photographs.
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Monday, March 24, 2014

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City of Wontan, North Korea

For the pro-Communist world view, we have: Thoughts of Hyung Kim

Dunno much about this blogger, is he from North Korea?...still, there's some interesting stuff  about socialist and communist contries, counterbalancing some of the stories told to us in western media.

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Panzer: Pzkpfw VI Tiger
"Got everything?..." looks like this Tiger crew is evacuating the vehicle, perhaps before relocation by train to a new section of the front. The style of the turret numbers suggests this Tiger served in early 1943 with Schweres Panzer Abteilung 503 ..
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Monday, March 17, 2014

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Well, why not some photos of daily life in North Korea,  the 1980s taken by Magnum Agency photographer Hirojii Kobuta

It's interesting to compare this view of North Korea, presented by a renowned Magnum photographer, with the view served to me by Danish newspapers and television..I honestly believed all North Koreans wore uniforms and goose-stepped their way through life.

well, well...

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Panzer: Sdkfz 251/9 Stummel
A cheerful crew, probably photographed in Russia or the Balkans during the winter of 1943-44. The short-barreled 75 mm gun added some extra "bite" to Aufklärungs (reconnaissance) and Panzergrenadier units when facing the enemy in their Sdkfz 251/1's, armed only with MG 34 or MG 42 machine-guns.This is the early model Stummel, with a cutout in the armor plate of the 251 to make room for the gun. Later (1944-45) versions omitted the cutout to simplify production, placing the gun and mount higher up.
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Monday, March 10, 2014

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German battleship Bismarck outside Oslo

Photos taken by German soldiers in occupied Norway can be found at Krigsbilder.net

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Panzer: PanzerBeobachtungsWagen III
A nice photo of this specialist vehicle used for artillery observers. The large "L" painted on the mudguard places the vehicle with the Panzer Lehr Division. Of note is the cuff title worn on the right sleeve by the trooper, unusual for Wehrmacht personnel, but unfortunately it is impossible to decipher what's written on it.
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Monday, March 03, 2014

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Don't ask me, I don't work here...

Yes, readers of this blog will know only too well how much I have...er... criticised having a job over the years, but last Tuesday my boss told me the department where I have worked for more than ten years is to be shut down due to staff cuts, and I'm out of a job as of October 1'st.

Jobless at 48...well, I still have Paris, and the children's smiles.

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Panzer: Sturmgeschütz III, Ausf G
The burned out remains of a StuG, rusting away in post war Europe - this is how I feel now!
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