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Sunday, October 11th 2020, 11:53am

Author: Hood

Happy Birthday, Wes!

Happy Birthday Wes! Hope you had a good day and got some nice presents, not just socks because those don't really count at any age as presents!

Friday, September 25th 2020, 10:41am

Author: Hood

Noticias Argentinas 1949

7 November The Navy's busy summer exercise season continues. For the next ten days Naval Brigada II will be performing a series of fleet exercises off Patagonia. The main units involved are the; 2nd and 3rd Cruiser Squadrons, 2nd and 5th Destroyer Squadrons and the 2nd Escort Squadron, along with the Submarine Squadron and the training aircraft carrier Avispón. 8 November President Juan Ramon Mugnolo today arrived in Buenos Aries for a three-day long State visit. This marks the first time an Arg...

Tuesday, September 22nd 2020, 11:52am

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1949

12 November N'Dofa received word of the raid on the prison at Hajjah, known by its inmates as 'Hell on Earth' due to its brutal conditions. A force of men from Ibrahim bin Yahya's clan attacked before dawn, the succeed in blowing a hole in the wall with explosives and a dozen inmates were freed. There had been a fierce firefight with losses on both sides, it didn't sound to D'Dofa like a sensible or profitable action but he was pleased that his financial aid was being put to good use. The newspa...

Tuesday, September 22nd 2020, 11:33am

Author: Hood

Greek army.

OK, they will be delivered with the guns ready fitted. It will be easier that way for both parties.

Sunday, September 20th 2020, 12:31pm

Author: Hood

New ships for Atlantis in 1948/49

Having built such ships myself, I would say go for it. Two would be more than generous I think for the size of the Atlantean fleet and at least allows you to rotate their deployment. They would make a good back up carrier option too. Handling heavier jets might be an issue but generally unless you have a crystal ball then its hard to avoid that pitfall in the longer term. In any case even if you can't fly aircraft on and off by the end of the 1950s you still have a good tender and lots of parkin...

Sunday, September 20th 2020, 11:12am

Author: Hood

British Army 1950

Thanks Brock, that was very helpful as I had lost track of who brought what exactly, my bad for not keeping good notes! Edited the above (realised I had forgotten to include the names for the FV300 series too!).

Saturday, September 19th 2020, 5:25pm

Author: Hood

British Army 1950

I have re-organised my FV series of fighting vehicles as follows: FV200 Series The FV200 series was designed by the Armoured Vehicle Research and Development Establishment in 1944 as the ‘Universal Tank’, an adaptable chassis that could form the basis of a new heavy tank and a series of heavy tracked armoured vehicles as self-propelled artillery and assorted support vehicles. The suspension was of the modified Horstmann type. FV201 Medium Gun Tank No.1 Mk.I Centurion Designed by the Armoured Veh...

Friday, September 18th 2020, 10:49am

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1949

Nikolai Andreev was born in Russia but is a naturalised Nordish businessman in reality. Presumably like OTL (he is based on the real BARONESS employed during WW2) he left Russia sometime during the 1920s, moved to Nordmark and became naturalised, he then spent a lot of time in Turkey. All MI6 has done is to give him a fake Russian identity as Sergei Bulganov. Doubtless if anyone gets suspicious and contacts the Russian's they would soon find Bulganov is a bogus identity, but being a Nordish citi...

Thursday, September 17th 2020, 6:45pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1949

Operation NOMAD Nikolai Andreev, alias Sergei Bulganov, alias BARONESS, had been busy. As an employee of Kartashov Neftyanaya Masterskaya, it had been fairly easy for him to get an appointment to meet with some of the senior engineers at the headquarters of Mineralöl Südost AG, a subsidiary of Kontinentale Öl AG. This company had prospecting and exploitation rights in the Matzen oilfield in Lower Austria. He wasted no time in showing brochures and samples of his company's drill bits and pumps, n...

Thursday, September 17th 2020, 2:25pm

Author: Hood

New ships for Atlantis in 1948/49

Looks good and your description makes much more sense now.

Wednesday, September 16th 2020, 2:39pm

Author: Hood

New ships for Atlantis in 1948/49

Looks a decent design overall, I guess you could trim the excess strength a little or use it to increase the freeboard, 12ft seems a little low for an oceanic sloop. Also trying to get a sense of the layout. Having A & B guns plus a 40mm in C position means a very high bridge quite far back, that is no bad thing (the further aft the less wave motion affects the crew). But I assume the Type 1 mortars are also mounted on the bows or beside the deckhouse there? It has a lot of AA dakka, no bad thin...

Saturday, September 12th 2020, 12:18pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1949

7 November Sir Victor Mallet, the British Ambassador to Italy, was waiting in the opulent surroundings of the Chigi Palace to meet with Count Carlo Sforza, the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Punctual as ever, he sat waiting to be called into the Minister's office. Not long after an official came and ushered him into to large room. After the initial greetings and small talk about the chilly weather, Sir Victor opened his case and pulled out a folder. Sforza had a mountain of pressure on his head wi...

Saturday, September 5th 2020, 12:01pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1949

12 November The number of workforce deaths in the coal industry is reported to have fallen to a record low since nationalisation two years ago. 15 November The College of Science at the University of Baghdad in Baghdad, Iraq has opened. It is the first scientific college to be established in Iraq. Its four departments cover mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology. 20 November Anti-Aircraft Command has submitted a successor operational plan to Operation Igloo. The ambitious and modern defensi...

Thursday, September 3rd 2020, 4:14pm

Author: Hood

Greek army.

Good to do business with you. I see no reason why the guns couldn't be installed during construction, unless if you have a preference to fit them locally?

Saturday, August 29th 2020, 12:03pm

Author: Hood

Belgian News 1949

Ah ok, wasn't aware of that. Was trying to find good specs but didn't come across any. I know Brock did a detailed write up at one point. Have edited my post accordingly.

Friday, August 28th 2020, 6:37pm

Author: Hood

Medium Tank Contest

The Belgian Army in the summer of 1949 had issued a requirement to replace the current T-20 tank, the Chiliean-acquired Carro de Combate Modelo 1941. A total of 340 new medium tanks were required for delivery from 1950, with potentially another 170 following later in the early years of the next decade to replace the T-21, the British Cromwell. The technical requirements were flexible to ensure getting a wide range of designs to choose from. The 90mm L/60 Cockerill gun as used in the Dutch T-44 t...

Friday, August 28th 2020, 11:53am

Author: Hood

Greek army.

Britain is more than willing to sell the latest Centurion Mk.34 with the Leyland-Orenda Ursa 810hp D.X V-12 diesel engine and a 20pdr gun.

Saturday, August 15th 2020, 11:39am

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1949

26 October How Do You View?, a televison comedy series, starring Terry-Thomas, is first broadcast this evening on the BBC. The programme is based on an on-screen persona of Terry-Thomas as a glamorous, mischievous and discreetly cash-strapped man-about-town, introducing a series of sketches in which he also appears,alongside Peter Butterworth as his chauffeur, Janet Brown, Avril Angers, H.C. Walton as the family retainer, Moulting and Diana Dors. The programme is broadcast live. 3 November The F...

Saturday, August 15th 2020, 11:30am

Author: Hood

A More “What If” Sort of Question

Did Germany substantially intervene in reality? This was slightly before the close relations between Hitler and Mussolini, one may have inspired the other but Italy was striking out alone. Had Italy been checked then, and her weakness as a supposed Great Power under Fascist propaganda been exposed, its open to question what might have happened next. Italy might well have gone back to the Western camp, or an enraged Mussolini might have shackled his wagon to Hitler's horses far sooner and have be...