Monday, November 23, 2015


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R.I.P DAMIJWH (2003-2015)

Yes, terminating the old bloggo...

It was fun, it was exciting, it was grand, but I just don't have my heart in it any more...

Blogging has become a chore more than a pleasure,  and to be honest: most of the time DAMIJWH is just me listing pages on the web I find interesting.

A blog should be more than that.

But, in the immortal worlds of Nick Cave : Death is not the end!

I will continue to post links to stuff I find around the net, plus some occasional lines of writing, small piece of art, photo, drawing etc, all of it to be found at my trusty tumblr account:

lennardgrahn.tumblr.com

Regarding the panzers, I'm visiting and sometimes posting photos on this here fine place on Facebook for Panzer enthusiasts: Panzer Fakten

Bye, and thanks to all :-)

BLOGCLOGSTOP

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Panzer: Pzkpfw V Panther, Ausf A
A rare color photo of a Panther in France, 1944.
Note the the spare wheel attached to the turret, a practise some Panther units brought with them from the Eastern front where bad roads put much wear on the rubber-tyred Panther wheels.
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Monday, November 16, 2015

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Sometimes you can discover likeminded people... and when it comes to a love for photographing brutalist architecture: scavengedluxury.tumblr.com is one!

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Panzer: Panther, Ausf A
Some americans investigating an abandoned Panther, probably in Normandy 1944.
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Monday, November 09, 2015

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Outsider art from Indonesia with some interesting thoughts on its relation to mainstream art :
Balanced by the Spirit: Drawings by Noviadi Angkasapura

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Panzer: Pzkpfw III, Ausf G
Some Panzer III's ca. 1942, all fitted with Winterketten to deal with the pleasures of the Eastern Front.
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Monday, November 02, 2015

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Ohh!!...ahh!!!....yesss!!!... and you guessed right : something about Futurist architecture

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Panzer: Pzkpfw III, Ausf J
A typical Panzer III in Russia 1941-42.
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Monday, October 26, 2015

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http://lennardgrahn.tumblr.com/post/131742018329/the-frogman-can

Of course you can check out my cool stuff at my cool Tumblr account, you've got one too, hmm?...

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Panzer: Sdkfz 263 Fu (8-rad)
Serving wit the DAK. Note the jerry can marked with a white cross, these contained water instead of fuel.
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Monday, October 19, 2015

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Love the dark, gothic splendor of Batman's Gotham City?...then checketh ye' out the visionary work of 1920s illustrator Hugh Ferriss

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Panzer: Sdkfz 250/3 leichter Funkpanzerwagen
A rare peek through the rear door with troopers operating the radio equipment.
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Monday, October 12, 2015

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Follow photographer Danila Tkachenko as she ventures into the frozen world of Soviet era Restricted Areas

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Panzer: Sdkfz 251/1, Ausf A
A German armoured column, probably photographed during the Polish campaign.
A Pzkpfw IV, Ausf B can be seen just behind the 251.
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Monday, October 05, 2015

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A beautiful model, artist and photographer shaves her head on camera and takes a year off from any kind of work, to find a more meaningful existence.

Follow her journey at: Marloland.com

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Panzer: Pzkpfw V Tiger, Ausf B Königstiger
Hanging with the Tiger. The very large turret numbers suggest this Tiger II belonged to SwPzAbt 501.
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Monday, September 28, 2015

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Yes, I am now on Instagram,  aren't you?...

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Panzer: Pzkpfw IV, Ausf E
Sun helmet and a good supply of water and gasoline canisters if you served with the DAK.
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Monday, September 21, 2015

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If poetry quotes and vernacular photos are to your taste, punlovsin is the place.

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Panzer: Pzkpfw Tiger I , Ausf E
The unusual style of the turret numbers suggests the Tiger belonged to Schweres Panzer Abteilung 507, fighting in the East.
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Monday, September 14, 2015

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Why not diggeth ye into the world of 70's paperback "bikersploitation" Mick Norman's Hell's Angels

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Panzer: Pzkpfw V, Panther, Ausf D
A very early Panther, probably photographed just before the Battle of Kursk, 1943.
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Monday, September 07, 2015

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After entering many a rivet-lined metal door and killing many a jack-booted stormtrooper, you finally faced: ...

Nick Derington has created some stunning posters of 1980's video game BOSS FIGHT'S

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Panzer: Pzkpfw III, Ausf C
At a training facility, probably before WWII.
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Monday, August 31, 2015

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I like sky walks, so here's something about Sky walks in Hong Kong

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Panzer: Sdkfz 263 Fu 8 rad
With the "K" marking of the von Kleist battle group during the invasion of Soviet Russian in 1941
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Monday, August 24, 2015

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Well, why not some Chinese Red Army girls with a touch of sexycutie and innocence....
Da Zhong Zhang will serve you!

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Panzer: VW type 82 Schwimmwagen
Not a panzer, but the ingenious "seaborne" version of the famous VW Beetle deserves a spot here too.
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Monday, August 17, 2015

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Behold the retro-charm of old school NASA equipment

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Panzer: Pzkpfw IV, Ausf H
Some nifty brushwork used for the camouflage here, instead of the more commonly seen airbrushing. Overseeing that the panzers were camouflaged in a style fitting the local environment was the responsibility of the platoon commander.
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Monday, August 10, 2015

Monday, August 03, 2015

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Amazing photographs by Martin Vlach

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Panzer: Panzer Beobachtungs Wagen III, Ausf L
In service with a Waffen-SS unit.
The Panzer's camouflage and time of year suggest the photo was taken during the Battle of Kursk.
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Monday, June 29, 2015

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Holidays ahoy!

What a year...death, unemployment, new job, starting from scratch,  and The Danish People's Party is now the second largest political party in Denmark, and the biggest right-wing party!

You can already sense what's coming. Big smiles on some Danes faces, you know who they voted for...a beer reeking bum verbally assaulting veil wearing Muslim women on the train I was riding last week....he's got friends in high places now...the media is back on track, attacking "the spoiled cultural class left-wingers who can't accept the rules of democracy and the people's choice..."  yeah right...while liberalism strangle to death the welfare state it took generations to build.

In need of some time off here.

See you again August 3.

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Panzer: Pzkpfw IV, Ausf H
Looks like a presentation of new equipment, or maybe a drill.
All troopers are wearing tropical uniforms, making the location Tunisia, Southern Russia or maybe Italy.
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Monday, June 22, 2015

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If comic books made by artistes is to your taste,  there is no better place for discovering new and upcoming talent than :

comicsworkbook.tumblr.com

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Panzer: Pzkpfw Tiger I, Ausf E
A group of early production Tiger I's. The white turret numbers and winter camouflage suggest they belonged to Schw.Pz.Abt 503, attached to Army Group Don, December 1942 - February 1943.
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Monday, June 15, 2015

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As a person who has been suffering from migraines with aura for more than thirty years (please stop that fundraiser, it only happens to me a few times per year), I'm fascinated by this in-dept study, with graphic representations of what auras look like from the poor, suffering, pain stricken person's point of view.

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Panzer: Pzkpfw IV, Ausf B
A casualty of the Battle of France, this Panzer IV was probably photographed some months later, now put to use as a signpost by German occupation troops.
The Panzerwaffe was initially shocked by the resilience of French tanks, better armed and armoured than their own, but emerged victorious in the end because of superior mobility and tactics.
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Monday, June 08, 2015

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Diggeth ye into the tales of (mostly) Danish girl groups of the Sixties and Seventies at www.pigegruppen-butterflies.dk , and discover the guitar-twanging, bass-thumping and drum-bashing women that were : The Ladybirds  (site in Danish, but check out the photos and soundfiles)

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Panzer: Pzkpfw VI Tiger, Ausf B Königstiger
A Tiger II of Schweres Panzer Abteilung 503 in Budapest, 1944.
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Monday, June 01, 2015

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Great article about the cultural and artistic diversity of American Golden Age Comic Books and the political undercurrents of the repressive censorship that was the comics code

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Panzer: Sdkfz 138 Marder III, Ausf H
The writing on the wall behind the Marder III suggests the photo was taken in Italy.
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Monday, May 25, 2015

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Some 1914 anti-war propaganda by Italian artist Alberto Martini (1876-1954)

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Panzer: Befehlspanzer III
A fine depiction of how the command section of a  German WWII armoured unit worked c 1943-45.
A command version of the Pzkpfw III with extra radio equipment, for the commander of the Panzer regiment, a couple of late model Sdkfz 251/3's for radio communication between the commanders, units in the field, and the higher level staff officers back at the HQ, and a motorcycle with sidecar for quick commuting between the various units.
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Monday, May 18, 2015

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Some really cool 1906 illustrations for H.G Wells' War of The Worlds

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Panzer: Sdkfz 251/1, Ausf A
A group of Panzergrenadiere in their 251's, most likely during the Battle of France in 1940.
The ability to have supporting infantry move with the pace of the panzers, and not the other way round, was a key factor in the early successes of the panzerwaffe.
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Monday, May 11, 2015

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How can you not fall in love with Plans for a contemporary city  by Le Corbusier from 1925

Too bad his hyper-modern vision didn't really work so well in real life...the story of the post-War "concrete ghetto", crime-ridden, alienating, and depressing has been told way too many times.

I guess most people really want to live like this:


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Panzer: Panzerzug
Chow time for the crew of a German armoured train. All wear denim overalls, probably reed green, and worn over standard Army field grey uniforms.
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Saturday, May 09, 2015

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Made this drawing of some relaxing WWII ruskies many years ago

Happy Victory Day.

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Panzer: Pzkpfw V Panther, Ausf A
Captured Panthers used by the Russians, Hungary 1945.
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Monday, May 04, 2015

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R.I.P Bill Auerbach

And who was he?..
well...a guy who liked Panzers and who published books filled with exciting photos of them, like the cult classic Last of the Panzers

Later he collaborated with fellow enthusiast Lee Archer and launched Panzerwrecks, books (eighteen and counting ) dedicated to rarest of the rare photos of Panzers.

To discover the rare, exciting, and unusual, and show it to the rest of us:

Thanks Bill Auerbach.

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Panzer: Pzkpfw IV, Ausf G
A couple of Pz IV's serving with a Waffen SS unit. The photo was probably taken to commemorate the award of Iron crosses to members of the crew.
The two troopers on the far right are wearing their Iron Cross second class suspended from their ribbons, which was usually only done on the day of the award. Date of photo is probably early 1943, perhaps after the Third battle of Kharkov.
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Monday, April 27, 2015

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Phunn are these: A Callen parody
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Panzer: Sdkfz 251/1, Ausf C
In winterly attire, both vehicle and crew member.
Note that the trooper's reversible winter uniform is composed form the early (1942) version mouse grey jacket, and a pair of the later version trousers in German Army splinter camouflage.
This was not uncommon, since the winter uniforms were not part of the soldiers personal kit, like the greatcoat and the rain poncho, but were distributed in autumn and returned to the depot again after spring. The name painted on the hull of the 251, Heinz Graf, was probable a former crew member killed in action and awarded the Iron Cross.
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Monday, April 20, 2015

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Wargate

Uh, that Wayne Barlowe... amazing is he!

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Panzer: Panzerjäger Tiger (P) Ferdinand
A Ferdinand and crew getting some rest, probably just before the Battle of Kursk.
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Monday, April 13, 2015

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Some psychedelic art of Heinz Edelmann (the artist behind The Beatles' Yellow Submarine)

This art was done for a childrens' book in the seventies! a good thing times have changed... children should be taught to be a productive part of the workforce, not loose themselves in silly daydreaming about going to Mars!

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Panzer: Pzkpfw IV, Ausf H
Just another day in the life of an armoured unit on the Eastern front. The covered main gun and MG 34 suggests this photo was taken behind the front lines.
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Monday, April 06, 2015

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Yes, I DO like the impressive craftmanship and imagination of Sci-Fi concept artists from Asia, like Lin Chuan Shin, who is Malaysian.

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Panzer Panzerkampfwagen III Ausf H(U) – Tauchfahig
Tauchpanzers, or U-Panzer, were equipped with water proofing gaskets and schnorkel devises, enabling them to drive under water up to 15 meters deep. Originally designed for the planned (and abandoned) invasion of Britain, they were used for crossing rivers during the invasion of Soviet Russia in 1941.
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Monday, March 30, 2015

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Beautiful space illustrations here

"space and spacecraft are often the subject of your blog postings of late, Lennard...is there a reason for this you think?..."

Yes... I yearn intensely for getting off this f&%ng planet!

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Panzer: Sdkfz 232
The final production version of the 232, manufactured from 1942, with the prominent "bedstead" radio antenna replaced by the less conspicuous "star" shaped version. Looks like it's time for the werkstattkompanie to bring out their FAMO if they want to salvage this valuable specialist vehicle before the enemy shows up.
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Monday, March 23, 2015

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(this weeks posting is a conceptual work of art, illustrating nothingness and absence)


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Panzer: Leichte Feldhaubitze 18/2 auf Fahrgestell Panzerkampfwagen II (Sf.) Wespe
A long name for what was basically a 150 mm howitzer mounted on a Pzkpfw II chassis.
Wespe's provided mobile artillery support for the "flexible front" of the modern mechanized battlefield where the heavy dug-in artillery of previous wars would be useless.
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Monday, March 16, 2015

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Well, it's done. My parent's house now emptied, cleaned and ready for the real estate market...

Forty years of life, memories, furniture, clothes, books and trinkets carted away.

People ask me "are you really sure about selling that place?!?...that view of the fjord is so amazing!.."

No. I am not sure about it. You don't find many places like that, and here I am getting one for free...

Moving to Copenhagen made sense for me twenty-five years ago. The education I wanted could only be found here. The life I dreamed of was the life of the urban artist-bohemian, not the life of the family man sitting on his porch looking at the beauty of nature while his wife prepared a tasty dinner and the kids played.

Today, I'm a different man, and so is Copenhagen.

I moved to inner Vesterbro more that twenty years ago. Back in the day,  a run down crime-ridden neighbourhood where nobody sane wanted to live. I thought it was the perfect place to escape  the nice healthy middle class kids with perfect teeth that I grew up with.

Now they live here too...

I'm surrounded by young "hipster" families and their spoiled brats. When I meet them in the street, I try to be friendly but they look at me like I'm a monster. Apparently they believe that anyone over thirty is an alcoholic child molester and closet-Nazi...

Well, I'm sticking with my decision. I have to. It would be great with some space around you, a place to maybe paint some paintings or just sit and look at a tree after work.
But, I can't  keep my parent's house anyway, the financial side to it wouldn't work at all. There's tax debt to be paid, loans, etc, and the fifty year old house has a leaking roof, dodgy electric wiring, no internet, since my dad's telephone lines were bitten over by mice, and generally needs a lot of refurbishing which would require yet another loan.

Alright, that's all for this week's episode of : "The trials and tribulations of a middle aged idiot who was left something valuable and he couldn't handle that either..."

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Panzer: Pzkpfw V Panther, Ausf G
An early Ausf G with zimmerit anti-magnetic coating being unloaded, summer of 1944.
Note how the bow MG 34 had been removed and placed in the "anti-aircraft "position on the turret to defend against enemy ground attack aircraft.
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Monday, March 09, 2015

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Kyung Me has a nice and special feeling to it, me thinks

more, but in a different vein at www.sunflowercat.com

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Panzer: Panzerzug
An often forgotten branch of the panzerwaffe were the armoured trains.Serving mostly as protection against partisan attacks on the Eastern front.
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Monday, March 02, 2015

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Perhaps not so surprising, with my endless postings of Panzers here on the bloggo, I was a dedicated plastic modeler in my childhood, and well into my teens. While cleaning up the attic in my fathers house,  I found this small relic. Apparently one of the few of these creations of mine to have survived.

Alone in my room, assembling and painting these small Japanese manufactured miniatures during the long dark winters in the seventies and eighties was pure joy for me.

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Panzer: Pzkpfw V Panther, Ausf A
Possible a photo of a Panther in action, or maybe a drill. The camouflage smock worn by the trooper on the right suggest Waffen-SS units, so this could be SS Panzer division Wiking fighting in Poland, summer of 1944. A couple of radio operators carrying what looks like extremely bulky, and heavy equipment in the field. The camo smock wearing trooper might be there to protect the radio operators against enemy infantry, eager to capture the radio equipment or kill the operators to disrupt communication.
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Monday, February 23, 2015

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Waiting at the same bus stop as when I was a kid. And freezing just as much in the cold wind from the fjord.


Cleaning up my parent's house so I can sell it, and pay off taxes, bills, taxes, taxes, and some bills.

A nerve wrecking experience. Dealing with lawyers, real estate dealers, antique dealers, the police, insurance agencies, etc, etc. All of them demanding money, usually amounts I would have to work a very long time to earn myself. These people seems to be making money just from picking up the phone.

Sad. And on top of it I get my childhood and youth thrown at me all the time... didn't that bloke over there in the expensive 4X4 steal my football back in the third grade?...or was it his brother?...or just someone who looked like him?..

There are nice memories too, of course. I was basically a very good place for a child to grow up.

But: didn't I leave this small town to start my own life?...

Out here, everybody drive big expensive cars, have a house, a family, and a well-paying job.

I have four cardboard boxes of my own art that my parents had hanging on their walls.

Now that they're dead, I get it all back...

Well, a car, a job and a family doesn't necessarily mean happiness...


I'll be glad when all of this is over and done with.

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Panzer: Panzerjäger 38(t) Hetzer
A Hetzer leaving a Czech town, possibly Prague, in the very last days of WWII.
Many German units retreating from the Eastern front passed through Czechoslovakia in an attempt to reach American captivity in South-Western Germany. Several troopers are carrying the StG 44/ MP 44 assault rifle.
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Monday, February 16, 2015

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Let's raise our fruit jars filled with home brewed cider and give a toast to some Sci-Fi art

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Panzer: Pzkpfw V Panther, Ausf A
An early Panther A, before the introduction of the glacis mounted MG.
Fitted with fresh tracks and a protective cover over the muzzlebrake, it is well tucked in somewhere behind the front lines, waiting for  the next battle. Probably photographed in early 1944.
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Monday, February 09, 2015

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"is this blog slowly turning into a showcase for the dubious creations of decadent Germans?!?..."  many readers ask, and the answer is YES!...and this week we'll feast on the work of Walter Schnackenberg (1880-1961)

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Panzer: Panzerjäger 38(t) Hetzer
A couple of abandoned Hetzers, possibly the victims of aerial assault.
The location could be a Czech village close to the German border, May 1945.
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Monday, February 02, 2015


 YES! her family had money...because ALL artistes come from the middle- or  upper middle-class, because they can afford to support their no-good bohemian brats financially while they waste their lives creating something nobody really need, get it!
YES! she had some male art collector "friend" supporting her by buying her works
YES! she also worked shit jobs from time to time to "keep it real" and all that - she was a modernist anti-bourgeois, proto-feminist for chrissake!
YES! her work was pretty nice and interesting, and very 1920-30s- Berlin-Paris-European-bohemian

YES! I'll get to the point now and tell you who she was:  Jeanne Mammen (German, 1896- 1976)

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Panzer: PzKpfw Tiger I, Ausf E
A fine photo of a mid-production Tiger I. Probably photographed in Russia, summer of 1944.
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Monday, January 26, 2015

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Nostalgic/ romantic fool?.. then git' some at NYC Nostalgia



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Panzer: Panzerjäger 38 /t) Hetzer
A throughly destroyed Hetzer. Extreme damage like this was often the result of explosive charges set off by the crew before surrender. To render the vehicle useless to the enemy. Alternatively, a hit to the munitions carried inside a panzer could have the same disastrous results.
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Monday, January 19, 2015

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You don't know nuttin' if you don't know about Synesthesia

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Panzer: Pzkpw IV, Ausf H
A couple of Panzer IV's. Most likely photographed in France, just prior to the Normandy Invasion.
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Monday, January 12, 2015

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The works of Wolinski placed in the window of a Copenhagen book shop this Saturday.

I vaguely remember his cartoons when they were published in album form here in Denmark in the 1980s. The creation of his that really caught my eye was the collaboration with another prolific French artist George Pichard, the saga of  Paulette

Bon Voyage.

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Panzer: Jagdpanzer 38 (t) HETZER
This Hetzer har received the "disc" camouflage pattern at the factory. Seen on some Panzers in late 1944/ early 1945. The pattern seems to have been an experiment which quickly disappeared again.
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Monday, January 05, 2015

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Amazing Japanese illustrator  Hiroshi Manabe
and here's some (equally amazing) manga covers by him

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Panzer: Pzkpfw V Panther, Ausf A
A lone Panther and crew enjoying the pleasures of the Eastern front, probably Early 1944.
Note the petrol drum carried on the engine deck.
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