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Saturday, November 21st 2020, 12:47am

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events 1949

The Manila Chronicle, Friday, 18 November 1949 Following trials of the ENAER Turbo-Coati training aircraft the Philippine Air Force has announced its decision to adopt the type to replace its current inventory of basic and advanced trainers, as well as adapting the type as a successor to the Loire-Nieuport LN.190 Épouvantail in the counter-insurgency role. Negotiations are underway with the Empresa Nacional de Aeronáutica de Chile regarding costs, offsets, quantities, and delivery schedules. App...

Thursday, November 19th 2020, 8:40pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Hamburger Abendblatt, Wednesday, 16 November 1949 A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence today confirmed long-standing rumours that the firms of Krupp and Krauss-Maffei had received contracts for development of a new battle tank to succeed the current Standardpanzer Panther. No details have been released by it was announced that prototypes would commence competitive testing in the spring of next year. Ada Kaleh, Thursday, 17 November 1949 Ali Kerim Bey had begun to doubt whether the British sti...

Tuesday, November 17th 2020, 11:53pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Marinestützpunkt Warnemünde, Saturday, 12 November 1949 Konteradmiral Glaser had presided over many pre-graduation inspections for ships of the Lehrdivision, but this was a first. The ships he visited today had only just returned from participating in Operation Concert – the joint amphibious exercise with their Russian allies, and they still bore the stains of active operations. But the crews of the coastal escorts Ostwind and Passat, together with those of the small landing ships, had acquitted...

Monday, November 16th 2020, 1:13am

Author: BruceDuncan

Focke Wulf Fw340 Fighter Aircraft

Powerplant: one BMW003G, rated at 1,700 kg (16.67 kN) thrust Wingspan: 11.12 metres Length: 5.33 metres Height: 3.93 metres Wing area: 18.58 sq. metres Empty weight: 4,326 kg Gross weight: 8,930 kg Maximum speed: 945 kph (510 knots) at 1,220 metres Cruising speed: 700 kph (377 knots) Climb: 21 metres/second Service ceiling: 12,420 metres Range: 2,060 kilometres Armament: four 20mm MG151 with 200 rpg, two 220 kg bombs and sixteen 128mm rocket projectiles, or up to thirty-two 128mm rocket project...

Saturday, November 14th 2020, 12:43am

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Advanced Base Ship Coronel, Irbe Strait, Monday, 7 November 1949 Coronel, together with most of the German vessels that had taken part in Operation Concert were homeward bound. Vize-admiral Becker was in the midst of reviewing the initial reports that had been filed – the formal after-action review would take place in a week’s time – but he wanted the raw input from the Kriegsmarine officers that had taken part; reviewing all their reports would take most of the voyage back to Kiel. But he had a...

Thursday, November 12th 2020, 9:39pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1949

The Peruvian Times (Lima), 28 November 1949 The destroyers Bolognesi and Garcia were launched today at the Callao dockyard of the Servicios Industriales de la Marina, and transferred to the fitting out wharf to complete their construction, which is anticipated in the late spring of next year. The lead ships of what was expected to be a multi-unit class the indications at the present time suggest that they will not be followed, the decision having been made to expand naval facilities at Chimbote ...

Wednesday, November 11th 2020, 1:02pm

Author: BruceDuncan

A Spectre Resurgent

Lisbon, Iberia, Friday, 18 November 1949 In a country where the strategic application of a douceur would smooth many a path it had taken little time for Wang You-theng to take full control of operations at the Casino do Estoril. With the coming of the holiday season and its well-heeled tourists Wang did not have to make many changes to begin to show a profit on Blofeld’s investment. In his mind he had already planned a campaign to make the Casino do Estoril the premier gambling oasis of Europe, ...

Tuesday, November 10th 2020, 9:27pm

Author: BruceDuncan

1950 Philippine Fighter Competition

Quoted from "Hood" Have you any outline specifications? Are you looking for twin-engine, single-engine, jet, piston, armament choices? I am not certain what the Philippines would be looking for, which is why I didn't frame a set of requirements. The P-38s now perform the role of long range interceptor, covering the a large part of the South China Sea from their base at Mindoro. Ideally, their replacement would be a long-range jet aircraft with cannon armament. For circa-1950, that is a difficul...

Tuesday, November 10th 2020, 3:01pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events 1949

Vlore, Tuesday, 22 November 1949 Stjepan Đureković and his fellow operatives from the Service for Research and Documentation, Andrija Knežević, Lazar Šaranović, and Marko Perović, had spent nearly a week observing the former hotel that now served as the headquarters of Luigi Vollaro, chieftain of the local Camorra. The place was like a fortress, and Vollaro rarely left its walls. Errands were delegated to his lieutenants, Carmine Alfieri and Pasquale Galasso assisted by a small army of toughs nu...

Monday, November 9th 2020, 6:22pm

Author: BruceDuncan

1950 Philippine Fighter Competition

The Philippine Air Force seeks a replacement for its present Lockheed P-38E fighter aircraft and invites tenders from industry to fulfill that role. Approximately fifty aircraft will be required.

Monday, November 9th 2020, 6:19pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events 1949

The Manila Times, Sunday, 13 November 1949 In testimony before the Senate earlier this week Minister of Defense Joaquin de la Vega outlined plans for future development of the Air Force for the coming year. He cited the need to obtain a successor aircraft to the elderly Lockheed P-38 presently serving in the Tenth Fighter Wing, and indicated that it will be the subject of an international competition. He testified that a replacement for the Loire-Nieuport LN.190 Épouvantail counter-insurgency ai...

Sunday, November 8th 2020, 6:51pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Dithmarscher Landeszeitung, Sunday, 13 November 1949 The coastal escort Chamsin was completed today at the Wilhelmshaven dockyard, and will commence trials immediately. Work has reportedly been completed on her sister-ship, Auster, at the Kiel dockyard. Rostocker Zeitung, Monday, 14 November 1949 Following the conclusion of the joint Russo-German exercises in the upper Baltic the advanced base ship Coronel called here yesterday on her voyage back to the North Sea Naval Station. Deutsche Presse-A...

Saturday, November 7th 2020, 10:21pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Operation Concert (14)

Rootsiküla, Sanglaid Island, Wednesday, 2 November 1949 Pepelyaev had spent the hours of daylight observing the Germans developing their supply base – dumps of food, fuel, and other supplies had grown significantly. For their part the Germans seemed to have gone out of their way to respect the local population, even going so far as sharing some of their rations with them, making particular friends with the local population. It seemed very much as though the ‘occupying troops’ had with them a sig...

Friday, November 6th 2020, 5:23pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Operation Concert (13)

The Pernau-Tori Road, Wednesday, 2 November 1949 General Shokalsky was filled with anger when he finally reached the headquarters of his advance guard near the junction of the Reiu and the Pernau. They had nearly lost the light for the day and only now were his pioneers preparing to float the pontoon for a bridge across the Pernau. This they should have achieved by noon. The delays and mis-directions brought about by the hundreds of partisans that had opposed his advance had not been part of the...

Thursday, November 5th 2020, 12:40am

Author: BruceDuncan

Operation Concert (12)

Outskirts of Linaküla, Wednesday, 2 November 1949 Captain Arkady Babchenko, leader of the referees assigned to the spearhead of the German marine rifle battalion 309 sat by the roadside writing up his assessment of the ‘fire-fight’ that had erupted when the advancing Germans encountered the road block erected by four of Pepelyaev’s Spetsnaz troopers. Their initial fusillade had caught the Germans unawares, inflicting a number of ‘casualties’ and ‘damaging’ the leading vehicles with simulated lan...

Friday, October 30th 2020, 11:19pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Operation Concert (11)

Lemsi, Sanglaid Island, Wednesday, 2 November 1949 It was mid-afternoon when von Mellenthin arrived in Lemsi with his tactical headquarters. On the whole he was pleased with the progress for the day. The fishing port of Lemsi had been secured by Bataillon 307 and already marinefährprahm were landing supplies for the brigade’s continued advance. Perov had attached himself to the German commander and already had made many mental notes for his report to Captain Korotayev. “Colonel, will you continu...

Thursday, October 29th 2020, 12:40am

Author: BruceDuncan

Operation Concert (10)

Raeküla, Pernau, Wednesday, 2 November 1949 The village of Raeküla was little more than a collection of cottages that bordered the junction of several trackways, but it was the objective of the 153rd Naval Infantry Brigade – one that should have been in their hands several hours ago. However, the difficulties of negotiating their vehicles through the forest, discovering that their maps did not match the road signs that sent the advance elements to the four winds, and unexpected road blocks had c...

Tuesday, October 27th 2020, 2:13am

Author: BruceDuncan

And now for something entirely different...

In memory of the departed Red Admiral - the Breda-Zappata B.Z.308

Monday, October 26th 2020, 3:08pm

Author: BruceDuncan

And now for something entirely different...

Further adventures in French aviation - SNCASO SO.9000 Trident I & SO.9050 Trident II

Monday, October 26th 2020, 1:27am

Author: BruceDuncan

Dassault Ouragan

This is not footage taken by the Abwehr. But it could be. :D