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Published under History, Tatra Works
June 9th, 2020

T603 has minor supporting role in Bridge of Spies (Steven Spielberg, 2015)

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Watched this 2015 espionage film yesterday on Dutch tv


Bridge of Spies (film)

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Bridge of Spies
Bridge of Spies poster.jpg

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Produced by
Written by
Music by Thomas Newman
Cinematography Janusz Kamiński
Edited by Michael Kahn
Distributed by
Release date
  • October 4, 2015 (New York Film Festival)
  • October 16, 2015 (United States)
  • November 26, 2015 (Germany)
Running time
141 minutes[3][4]
  • United States
  • Germany
  • English
  • German
Budget $40 million[5]
Box office $165.5 million[6]

Bridge of Spies is a 2015 American-German historical drama film directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg, written by Matt Charman and the Coen brothers, and starring Tom HanksMark RylanceAmy Ryan, and Alan Alda. Set during the Cold War, the film tells the story of lawyer James B. Donovan, who is entrusted with negotiating the release of Francis Gary Powers—a U.S. Air Force pilot whose U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960—in exchange for Rudolf Abel, a convicted Soviet KGB spy held under the custody of the United States, whom he represented at trial. The name of the film refers to the Glienicke Bridge, which connects Potsdam with Berlin, where the prisoner exchange took place. The film was an international co-production of the United States and Germany.[7]

Bridge of Spies was shot under the working title of St. James PlacePrincipal photography began on September 8, 2014, in BrooklynNew York City, and the production proceeded at Babelsberg Studios in Potsdam. The film was released by Touchstone Pictures on October 16, 2015, in the United States and distributed by 20th Century Fox in other countries.[8] It was a box office success, grossing $165 million worldwide, and was praised for its screenplay, Hanks and Rylance’s performances, Spielberg’s direction, musical score, and production values. The film received six Academy Award nominations including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, and won Best Supporting Actor for Rylance.

Published under History
June 9th, 2020

May 1945: 75 years ago. Germans fleeing westwards using everything.

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Under the Surrender Act of May 7, 1945, officially ending the war, the German occupiers were allowed to leave Czechoslovakia, with the Germans preferring to surrender to the Americans and not to the Russians who arrived in Prague not before May 9, 1945. It meant that the German troops and civilians fled westwards, having to deal with the Prague uprising and their roadblocks, slowing the Germans.

Here are some pix of Germans fleeing westwards with Tatras.


T75 fleeing Prague


Military and civilians arriving in Rokycany with a T57K


On their way direction Plzen, May 9, 1945


T 97 having arrived in Ejpovice


T75 with fleeing German firefighters and policemen in Prague.  Note missing rear tyre.


T111 (left, behind bus) in Melnik. May9th, 1945

Published under History
May 31st, 2020

Julius Kubinsky and his sports cars

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Published under History, Racing & Rallying
May 28th, 2020

Tatra Delfin

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May 28th, 2020

Prague, early May 1945.

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Published under History
May 25th, 2020

The T603 (and more) by FGTO Supersport (Spain)

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Published under History, Press, Video
May 19th, 2020

Max Schindler & Nesselsdorfer Wagenbau Typ A 120 years old photos discovered

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NW MaxSchindler1901

Tyre change between Bruck and Loeben (1901): Car owner Max Schindler von Kunewald (Kunin) with his wife Anna and driver Franz Kalista

Published under History
May 16th, 2020

How the Nazis Helped Give Birth to the Volkswagen Beetle. Three page article by by Warfare History Network

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May 16th, 2020

75 years ago: The last battle of World War II in Europe near Slivice in the Příbram region

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Photo shows demarcation line in Cimelice opn May 9-10 19045 with Americans on the left and Germans on the right. Note T 87 in the centre.

Please open the PDF files of

(Thanks to Robert Keil for posting the photo above on Facebookl)

Published under History, Museums, Tatra Spotting
May 15th, 2020
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