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Newville, Pa Frúhling 2011


2011
04.15

Well, I’m here. Got here too late to set up tent… So im Wagon schlafen.

Went to GWA Social did some politikery :-p We’ll see. My goals are for better commo, more comraderie and to bring in more younger blood, as our hobby is aging, which is sad, very sad.

The WWI centennial is soon upon us… We HAVE to grow and bring in the young guys to our hobby. WWI is a great time period and it has some great people in it. I wish to make it better.

More later… Ende

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Life moveth on >>==>


2011
03.23

Been a bit… Been doing some solid work on r.Net, getting it back to speed. Our most recent update messed up a lot and we have to manually fix it.

“We” means myself and staff. A new member is Kathy whom I have known since she was born. Literally! I rememberws today, the day she was born (I was like 4) and her Dad driving around handing out cigars :-)

Anyway, she’s been helping a LOT, keeping me on track and not distracted… She’s learning about websites the real way, by doing.

Other staff coming back and getting things going. Bookstore will be back this weekend. ACW close now… WW2 in process.

Reenactor Consumer Guides also this week. Going to a winows server, so, of COURSE, have to move, can’t just be upgraded. 3 databases, 4 websites, a LOT of email addys to reset >:-0 Ack! Donations going nowhere — sadly, but enough for server. Need to get more to pay programmer to fix some of our site “mods” that the upgrade wiped or deactivated. So much to do…

WWI is soon upon us and many Rekruten are not ready and some alte Hase not either. April 14th to 17th is my time for fun… Twice a year, dat’s wuts ah gets. Gonna try Roman Days in May too.
Ende

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Stoßtrupp 1917 from IHF


2011
01.20

Oh holy sheepshit Margaret!! It’s a BEAUTIFUL copy… Clear and detailed… With subtitles (meaning I can actually, really get what they are saying).

Stoßtrupp 1917 is the final part of the “Holy Trinity” of WWI German videos and, I think, the crown jewel.

Lavishly filmed using real Wehrmacht Soldiers and SA men. Real munitions were used in the filming… That Schrapnel hitting the water ain’t CGI Buckey! And SO clear… The first private video that I can see clearly. It is a “must-see” for any German reenactor. It is SO much better than “All Quiet on the Western Front” or “Westfront 1918″… This movie is pretty awesome and I cannot recommended it enough!!

Here is the description from IHF (whom you should buy this movie from)…

Uneasy lies the countryside beneath the stench of war. Stosstrupp 1917 (Shock Troop 1917) is the story of the steel hurricane known as the Great War, told from the German perspective. Lewis Milestone’s All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) had been fiercely pacifistic, and G. W. Pabst’s Westfront 1918 (1930) no less so, but while Hans Zoberlein’s equally lavish Stosstrupp 1917 is also antiwar, it is more sympathetic to Germany’s trench-warfare ordeal. All Quiet on the Western Front and Westfront 1918 are universally hailed as the two greatest First World War films ever produced, based as much on the astonishingly mobile cinematography of Arthur Edeson and Fritz Arno Wagner as on their masterly direction. Regrettable is the omission of Stosstrupp 1917 from this pantheon, for its cinematography by Karl Hasselmann is as uniformly dazzling.
An enormous box-office hit upon its release on 20 February 1934, Stosstrupp 1917 was based on director Zoberlein’s own war memoirs, Der Glaube an Deutschland, to which Adolf Hitler contributed a foreword; was financed by the National Socialist government; and featured Wehrmacht and SA troops in its cast, which make its invisibility since 1945 more readily comprehensible. The picture has been banned in Germany since the end of the Nazi era. Prints that have circulated since then have been heavily censored and run less than 90 minutes, removing militaristic dialogue and diluting the film’s impact and painstaking realism; many of its pyrotechnics, for instance, were produced with real ammunition and explosives. The present release restores 21 minutes of missing footage. Directed by Hans Zöberlein, Franz Adam, Marian Kolb, and L. Schmid-Wildy. Starring Ludwig Schmid-Wildy, Beppo Brem, Max Zankl, Hans Possenbacher.

Anyway, this movie is WAY better than the other two movies mentioned. Ack! You HAVE to watch it. Oh wait, that’s if you’re a historian or WWI reenactor–if you’re just some American Idol-watchin’ shallow, sheeple, no, you probably won’t like it. I don’t care, I do.

Uneasy lies the countryside beneath the stench of war. Stosstrupp 1917 (Shock Troop 1917) is the story of the steel hurricane known as the Great War, told from the German perspective. Lewis Milestone’s All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) had been fiercely pacifistic, and G. W. Pabst’s Westfront 1918 (1930) no less so, but while Hans Zoberlein’s equally lavish Stosstrupp 1917 is also antiwar, it is more sympathetic to Germany’s trench-warfare ordeal. All Quiet on the Western Front and Westfront 1918 are universally hailed as the two greatest First World War films ever produced, based as much on the astonishingly mobile cinematography of Arthur Edeson and Fritz Arno Wagner as on their masterly direction. Regrettable is the omission of Stosstrupp 1917 from this pantheon, for its cinematography by Karl Hasselmann is as uniformly dazzling. An enormous box-office hit upon its release on 20 February 1934, Stosstrupp 1917 was based on director Zoberlein’s own war memoirs, Der Glaube an Deutschland, to which Adolf Hitler contributed a foreword; was financed by the National Socialist government; and featured Wehrmacht and SA troops in its cast, which make its invisibility since 1945 more readily comprehensible. The picture has been banned in Germany since the end of the Nazi era. Prints that have circulated since then have been heavily censored and run less than 90 minutes, removing militaristic dialogue and diluting the film’s impact and painstaking realism; many of its pyrotechnics, for instance, were produced with real ammunition and explosives. The present release restores 21 minutes of missing footage. Directed by Hans Zöberlein, Franz Adam, Marian Kolb, and L. Schmid-Wildy. Starring Ludwig Schmid-Wildy, Beppo Brem, Max Zankl, Hans Possenbacher.
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Late and tired


2010
09.25

Well, finally, I’m off. For a work party and now it seems that everyone in my unit is going to cheese. Oh joy. And of course, at work, we have dumb people thinking they “know” and who will be finding out that they can be replaced and though they think they have me over a barrel, as soon as something happens, they are going bye-bye. And ya know what… not even me being an asshole; said idiot has fucked up enough to be fired. I’m done protecting people here. I’m done, really, worrying about some people.

As for tomorrow, well, I hope some who said they’d come, will. I don’t have a lot of faith.

And of course, she who must not be mentioned just HAS to poke the toad.

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Where has the truth gone?


2010
09.22

I don’t get people… why can’t they just tell the truth? Especially when you will find out they’re lying… Sad, weird–no, sad. And people having your back or following through… just gone in this world. I know, I am way behind on shit, but I will get to it, just am crushed w/ real life right now. On my recent trip to Columbus, it was actually a relief! I didn’t have to get on the computer to deal w/ people or e-mail or whatever. Nice for a change.

And really, why do people have to sneak around and try and do shit w/ out asking anyone? I know that in one organization I’m a member of, it’s pretty much the “RULE” to just go ahead and do stuff without asking or publicizing it, then ask for forgiveness later. I have an end-date there.

And really, reenacting for me will not last forever. I won’t be some old guy w/ translucent skin, pretending I’m a 20 year old soldier. I see guys who were my age now, still reenacting as a frontline soldier. Sure buddy, sure. Nothing lasts forever and you can’t stop time. End date. Remember that.

I’ll stop now. I’m depressed at the cheeseyness of man.

Ende

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Saw history today


2010
05.17

Went up to Carlisle, PA where they have the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center… had some kind of timeline. Was cool in that I saw a number of people I know, some I hadn’t seen in years. I don’t do WWII right now. Why? I have no idea… just the idea of it seems “blah.” Part of it is I am old and fat and they didn’t really have old and fat soldiers in the German Army in WWII. Oh well, who knows in the future. They did have a number of displays from French and Indian to RevWar to later time periods. Alas, I bee-lined to WWII, then to WWI and back to WWII. :-)

They have a great WWI trench area. Nicely done, with the ONLY realistic WWI MG bunker I have ever seen outside of period photos. It just looks “right.” Will try and post some pix… maybe will edit tomorrow.  I dunno–have lots to do and such.

*And yes, I’m smiling.