This website is about history, about war and about people. And it’s definitely about tanks. I like tanks. I wouldn’t want to fight in one – or at all. I’m a friendly person. But tanks are massive, impressive lumps of technology, a bit like steam trains. And the soldiers in my stories are, well, just people. I don't dig cancel culture; I believe we should remember the bad times, as well as the good. Like my granddad, who was a smuggler for the Dutch resistance. His buddy was a former Waffen-SS officer and if they can be friends, who am I to judge? Only if we fully accept all our human facets, both positive and negative, we can become better than we are.
Allright then, the war. Yes, the Nazis were a bunch of genocidal maniacs. We all know that. It’s been written about quite a lot. However, a lot of Germans at the time were just going along with the flow, so to speak. Maybe torrent would be a better word… Anyway, there were nuances. There were ‘good’ Germans. There were ‘bad’ Germans. There were uninterested, weird, homesick, brilliant and/or stupid Germans. And I feel I ought to tell their stories.
What I’m after, then, is the stories about normal people. The ones who were fighting for their country, which had -in all fairness- been rather mistreated post-WW1. I want to know about the ones that were scared to death, hiding in a ditch. The ones that took the initiative and won the day. The ones that knew they were capable soldiers fighting for a terrible cause, but had no other options. I might just intentionally, out of spite, completely ignore Michael Wittmann's hour of fame. He’s had enough attention already.
And I sincerely believe he and Bobby Woll were gay lovers.
Martijn aka. Nine. All-round nice man, “Can we do it? – Yes, we can!”, classical biker, armchair historian, Knight of Löwensenf to Chilichutney – but also cook, father, writer and general pusher of buttons. Somehow has a tattoo of a Soyuz TMA on his arm.
If you have something interesting to say, I can be reached at email@example.com
Best games played: KSP, GTA-VC, Portal 2, Tomb Raider 1&2, Final Fantasy VII, Ace Combat, SP:WAW Great bikes owned: Trident 900, GSX-1100RW, Supermagna, GSX-1100F, GSX-750ES, XT550, K75RT Heroes: Richard Feynman, Otto Carius, Michael Palin, Douglas Bader, Yuri Gagarin, Ray Mears, Robert A Heinlein, Mad Jack Churchill, Sergei Korolev, John Cleese
"I love to sail forbidden seas and land on barbarous coasts."