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Warspite108 Dec 2020 3:01 a.m. PST

I am surprised that I had not mentioned this on TMP before.
As an early member of Flickr and a keen military historian I was responsible for setting up several interest groups in the military and WW2 areas. I still manage these today:

Tanks and Armoured Cars (not artillery) 35,500 images:
link

Artillery 25,200 images:
link

PANZER 26,400 images:
flickr.com/groups/panzer

Military Trucks, Lorries and Soft Vehicles 13,300 images:
link

Range targets and wrecks 623 images:
link

Normandy 1944 880 images:
link

PANZER was a rival group but the founder dropped out and passed it to me which is why the two groups now share the same avatar. The content differs and some tanks appear in both groups, others do not. PANZER includes SP artillery, Tanks and Armoured Cars does not they go to Artillery instead.

Range targets and wrecks is for anything shot up, burning or recovered from a range and now held in a museum or junk yard.

The last, Normandy 1944, is a passion project as my late father was in Normandy and he appears as the group's avatar.

Flickr is searchable by subject and, if the photographer has tagged correctly, by vehicle or location. It also shows up on Google.

Barry

Warspite108 Dec 2020 3:28 a.m. PST

Apologies for the duplicate posting, TMP appears to hate my Apple Mac or vice versa! :(
B

45thdiv Supporting Member of TMP08 Dec 2020 4:03 a.m. PST

Hi Barry. Thanks for posting this. I have joined the groups. 🙂

Matthew

mkenny08 Dec 2020 5:59 a.m. PST

It used to infuriate me that when I did an image search I was swamped with links to these type of hosting sites. The biggest problem I have is that most of the time people just grab images and post them with completely made-up captions. In lots of cases accurate information from the site where they find the photo is just left out and its a case of wasting time re-inventing the wheel. I was a fan of random imager grabbing when I started out but it no longer works and there is too much 'static' in that interesting 'new' images are simply swamped by hundreds of miscaptioned photos of 'Wittmann's Tiger' etc.

Warspite108 Dec 2020 6:28 a.m. PST

@mkenny:
Part of my role as a Flickr Admin is to correct errors and, I am glad to say, most photographers are good about corrections.
For example today I have corrected a mis-captioned WW1 naval photograph.

Professionally I was a newspaper and magazine sub-editor and proof-reader for 20 years. Part of our role in that occupation is to query facts. If the text looks wrong then it probably is!

Treat these as a resource but – also – always double check and try to find independent verification. Sometimes people just copy others' mistakes which then tends to make the mistake the 'fact'.

Barry

Warspite108 Dec 2020 6:30 a.m. PST

@45thdiv:
Thank you and welcome.

B

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