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Today, 1:10am

Author: BruceDuncan

Operation Concert (8)

Rootsiküla, Sanglaid Island, Wednesday, 2 November 1949 Oberst Friedrich von Mellenthin had established his headquarters in the village hall, having first obtained permission from the rector of the parish council. His lead elements were marching northward along the road to the village of Lemsi, and he expected that it would be secured before noon. At the moment his biggest headaches were the marshy ground that kept his troops confined to established tracks and the slow pace at which his construc...

Yesterday, 3:12am

Author: BruceDuncan

Operation Concert (7)

Vicinity of Reiu, Wednesday, 2 November 1949 Reaching the road to the village of Reiu was not the end of the problems that would confront the leading elements of the 153rd Naval Infantry Brigade. The road – or more correctly a narrow forest track, was barely wide enough for a single infantry carrier, while the accompanying T-45 tanks kept knocking into trees, slowing their progress as well as the pace of any vehicle behind them. Worse yet, in the haste to reach their objectives two columns of ve...

Tuesday, October 20th 2020, 7:03pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Operation Concert (6)

Advanced Base Ship Coronel, Gulf of Parnu, Wednesday, 2 November 1949 Officially Vize-admiral August Becker was merely an observer for this exercise – command of Einzatzgruppe 71.3 was vested in Konteradmiral Arthur Hoffmann – but every man on the Coronel’s bridge was aware of the Becker’s close interest in progress of the landings. The flow of reports form units ashore and from the ships gathered in the bay flowed into the ship’s operationszentrale where they were translated into maps, charts, ...

Tuesday, October 20th 2020, 4:18am

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Quoted from "Brockpaine" Aha, I see "the Variag" has entered the equation. It's a good thing we don't have any Manchurian troops! Be thankful he only has a dozen Spetsnaz. Imagine the havoc if the entirety of the 35th Rifles was at his back...

Monday, October 19th 2020, 7:53pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Operation Concert (5)

Red Beach Two, near Reiu, Wednesday, 2 November 1949 Major General Georgiy Shokalsky had not wasted time following up his assault troops ashore. Around him communications troops were erecting additional signal masts to supplement the radio equipment of his TB-42 infantry carrier. Somewhere he could hear the loud purring of a mobile generator – and he expected to have lights soon to permit him to better evaluate the present situation. The reports coming from his front-line commanders indicated th...

Saturday, October 17th 2020, 1:44am

Author: BruceDuncan

Operation Concert (4)

Assault Landing Ship Kampenwerder, Gulf of Parnu, Wednesday, 2 November 1949 Bootsmann Kurt Biesalski could not make out the shore of the island ahead of them in the pre-dawn gloom. Sangelaid stood but a few meters above sea level, and the trees of its forest seemed to come all the way down to the shore – no sandy beach to give an indication where sea stopped and land began. He hoped that the officers on the bridge had a better view. Biesalski and his trio of companions from Bau-Abteilung 313 ha...

Thursday, October 15th 2020, 3:41am

Author: BruceDuncan

And now for something entirely different...

In my previous career I was a logistician of sorts, and logistics has always been an interest of mine, in real life and in Wesworld. I found a video that illustrates the challenges - the floating harbors of D-Day

Sunday, October 11th 2020, 2:08pm

Author: BruceDuncan

And now for something entirely different...

And let's not overlook ths interesting history of the Saab J21 fighter aircraft.

Saturday, October 10th 2020, 11:15pm

Author: BruceDuncan

And now for something entirely different...

And for those whose interests lay beneath the skies, a history of the Royal Netherlands Indies Army - the KNIL

Saturday, October 10th 2020, 9:58pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Happy Birthday, Wes!

Quoted from "thesmilingassassin" Thanks Brock and Bruce. Turning 47 (yikes) now. Watch it young'un... you're making me feel old. I'll have to yell at you to get off my lawn! :D

Saturday, October 10th 2020, 7:45pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Happy Birthday, Wes!

Yes indeed. Happy Birthday Wes.

Saturday, October 10th 2020, 6:54pm

Author: BruceDuncan

And now for something entirely different...

Quoted from "Hood" Nice finds Bruce! And there are more, like the Saab J29 Tunnan

Friday, October 9th 2020, 7:29pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Operation Concert (3)

Large Landing Craft Stepan Novikov, Gulf of Parnu, Wednesday, 2 November 1949 Captain First Rank Korotayev maintained an outward air of confidence as the Novikov crept further towards shore, but within him boiled the concerns of what could go wrong, even in an exercise. Novikov’s captain had assigned a man to fathometer watch, and his reports indicated that the depth of water beneath the ship’s keel was steadily diminishing. To either side of the larger Novikov were spread out the other craft of...

Friday, October 9th 2020, 5:51pm

Author: BruceDuncan

And now for something entirely different...

A brief video history of the Saab 18 twin engine bomber. Neat formation fly-by scene.

Friday, October 9th 2020, 12:30am

Author: BruceDuncan

And now for something entirely different...

I came across this brief video profile of the Swedish FFS J22 fighter. Good shots of the aircraft in flight and on the ground. Hope you like it.

Thursday, October 8th 2020, 1:58am

Author: BruceDuncan

Operation Concert (2)

Coastal Escort Alpenföhn, Tuesday, 1 November 1949 Leutnant zur See Werner Schattmann checked his charts again, plotting the escort’s course northwest-ward into Pernau Bay. From the bridge he could see the beacon on Ruhnu Island and confirm his position. He duly thanked his Russian allies for maintaining normal navigational aids for the purposes of the exercise. The Seetakt plot showed that the landing craft Alpenföhn and Höllentäler were accompanying were keeping good station as the lead elemen...

Monday, October 5th 2020, 1:48am

Author: BruceDuncan

Operation Concert (1)

Large Landing Craft Stepan Novikov, Irbe Strait, Tuesday, 1 November 1949 The briefing room of the Novikov was filled to the brim with officers – mostly those of the 153rd Naval Infantry Brigade but also a sprinkling of their allies from the Kriegsmarine who would be participating in Exercise Concert. As he took the podium Captain First Rank Ilya Korotayev, the amphibious flotilla commodore, actually breathed a sigh of relief – this briefing would be the last before the operation began, and its ...

Friday, September 25th 2020, 1:34am

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events 1949

The Vicinity of Vlore, Tuesday, 15 November 1949 Stjepan Đureković was well aware of the risks posed by his mission. The Service for Research and Documentation had received word of a well-organised Camorra gang operating inside the city of Vlore as the ‘hidden fist’ of the occupation authorities. The Service needed information before deciding what action to take, and that meant eyes on situation. His previous meeting with Ekrem Vlora had set the stage for the next step in the operation. The door...

Wednesday, September 23rd 2020, 1:43pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Elbinger Volksstimme, Thursday, 10 November 1949 The assault landing ships Pagenwerder and Ziegelwerder were completed today at the Schichau yard in Memel. Two similar vessels are also under construction and should launch net month. Berlin, Abwehr Headquarters, Friday, 11 November 1949 Gehlen laid the report from the Rome residenz down on his desk and considered the options. “So, the British are willing to prop up the Italians to help prop up the East Africans?” The venality of the Italian burea...

Monday, September 21st 2020, 9:13pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1949

El Comercio (Lima), 15 November 1949 The salvage tug Morales was launched today in the shipyard at Callao. When complete she will supplement the elderly Consuela-class tugs present used for offshore work.