I saw this on laststandonzombieisland: Germany ups tiny tank force by 40 percent
A quote from one of the sources piqued my not-quite-right sense of humor:
All told, the Bundeswehr stands to get 104 used Leopard 2 battle tanks out of storage that manufacturer Krauss-Maffei Wegmann will upgrade under a contract with the German Defence Ministry from the A4 configuration to the newest A7V standard.
Newest A7V standard? Like this?
I know, it’s a goofball sense of humor…
6 days after coming off his Brough Superior motorcycle in a crash while avoiding two boys bicycling on a road T.E. Lawrence, aka Emir Dynamite for his skill in railroad and bridge demolition dies, never having regained consciousness.
Here’s a very good article worth checking out: The True Story of Lawrence of Arabia
I always enjoy seeing equipment from “the other side” in use.
And there’s this gem from The Dreamy Dodo. I’d love to know the where and backstory of this pic:
A Mil Mi-6 crew member comrade havin’ fun with a former totalitarian foe. The clock was already ticking for the USSR Communism too. How times flies.
And somehow this just seems appropriate for the day even though it’s concerns a Scotsman…
A follow up to the Daimler-Benz DB 602 (LOF-2) engine
By William Pearce
Daimler-Benz was formed in 1926 with the merger of Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft and Benz & Cie. Prior to their merger, both companies produced aircraft engines under the respective names Mercedes and Benz. After the merger, the Daimler-Benz name was used mostly for aircraft engines, and the Mercedes-Benz name was used mostly for automobile production. However, both names were regularly applied to marine engines. For clarity in this article, the name Daimler-Benz will refer to aircraft engines, and the name Mercedes-Benz will refer to marine engines.
As Germany began its rearmament campaign in the 1930s, high-performance marine diesel engines were needed to power various motorboats. The Kriegsmarine (German Navy) turned to Mercedes-Benz to supply a series of high-speed diesel engines. These engines were part of the MB 500 series of engines that were based on the Daimler-Benz DB 602 (LOF-2) engine developed to power the LZ 129 Hindenburg and LZ 130 Graf Zeppelin II airships. The 500 series diesel engines were four-stroke, water-cooled, and utilized a “V” cylinder arrangement.
The rest of the story: Mercedes-Benz 500 Series Diesel Marine Engines
Dad had this album when I was a kid. People wonder why I turned out the way I did…
Here Julius, hold this!