Hello

(and welcome to my website)

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.

My Little Panzers

So what is this all about?

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.

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This is me

    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 martijnproper@gmail.com

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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."

(Herman Melville)