Monday, September 29, 2014

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I went to this school for about a month back in the first grade.

Hmm.. must be fourty years ago...

The school is located in the Copenhagen suburb of Hvidovre.

My dad and I had to go and live with my grandparents in Hvidovre, because my mother was committed to a mental institution.

I remember coming home from school one day and my mother was sitting on the couch in our living room saying meaningless things. It later turned out that she had burst a blood vessel in her brain.

Unfortunately, she was believed to be psychotic and was placed in a hospital for the mentally ill where she received electrotherapy.

When she returned from the hospital she was all right, but had to rely on heavy doses of anti-psychotic medicine for the rest of her life to deal with anxiety and depression.

While I was taking this photo two small boys came up to me on scooters, asking me why I took photos. I explained that I liked the buildings. The oldest (around six or seven) said he didn't think that they were nice,  and  I asked him why "I just don't" he answered, in a sullen manner. He clearly didn't like a stranger nosing around his neighbourhood. Doing odd things. Taking photos.

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Panzer: Bergepanther, Ausf G
Another rare vehicle photographed immediately after the end of WWII.
There's evidently some damage to the upper areas of the Bergepanther.
Perhaps this was caused by explosives set off by the crew before abandoning the vehicle or maybe the work of strafing allied airplanes.
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Monday, September 22, 2014

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Art by David Hardy

Get yer seventies Sc-Fi art at: http://70sscifiart.tumblr.com/

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Panzer: Sdkfz 234/4
A nice shot showing the factory-applied hard edge camouflage of dark green over dark yellow used on many late-war Sdkfz 234's. Photo probably taken in spring 1945 after the end of hostilities.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

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Checketh ye out the military art of Jody Harmon

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Panzer: Panzerjäger Tiger, Ausf B Jagdtiger
A rare private photo of a Jagdtiger with the simplified Porche suspension.
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Monday, September 08, 2014

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Per Grahn 9/9 1931- 24/8 2014

My dad died a couple of weeks ago and was buried last Thursday.

He had a bad heart and received a tripple bypass operation in 2010.

He died from a heart attack coming home from shopping. This usually included stopping by for a beer at a small restaurant at the mall where he would chat with some friends. He was found outside of his house where he had lived for more than fourty years. A place he cherished and loved.

Not a bad way to go I suppose. The last we spent time together we ate a chicken dinner, his all time favourite  dish, and had a good time.

I got along well with my dad, so I lost more than a parent. I also lost a  friend.

Bye dad,

and thanks.


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Panzer: Pzkpfw Tiger, Ausf B "Königstiger"
Another photo of the Tiger II abandoned in front of the Potsdammer Platz railway station in Berlin.
In the background we see the ruins of the KaDeWe department store.
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Monday, September 01, 2014

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Unmitigated praise for the beloved leader in the form of cheerful marching songs?...

hmm.... that has to come out of North Korea or The Third Reich, yes?...

or, maybe: The IBM Corporate Song Book

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Panzer: Pzkpfw Tiger, Ausf B "Königstiger"
An American GI pose for a relaxed snapshot in occupied Berlin,  spring 1945.
He could be leaning against the same Tiger II pictured last week. The Soviet's gathered a number of AFV's captured in the Battle of Berlin and put them on display in a local park before the most salvageable vehicles were shipped to Russia for evaluation and research.
Note the Tiger I in the background with the early "dustbin" style cupola, clear evidence that many panzers fighting in Berlin were older vehicles gathered from armour schools and other second-line units.
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