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Yesterday, 7:01pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Preliminary Data - M1948 Mountain Howitzer

This weapon was adapted from a Skoda commercial design by the Skoda-Davao Ordnance Company to fulfill Philippine Army requirements for a modern mountain howitzer. Weight: 1,350 kilograms Length: 3.95 meters Barrel length: 1,910 mm Width: 1.75 meters Height: 1.9 meters Caliber: 105mm Shell weight: 15 kilograms Breech: Horizontal Sliding Block Recoil: Hydro-pneumatic Carriage: Split Trail Elevation: 7° 30' to +70° Traverse: 18° Muzzle velocity: 435 m/s Maximum firing range: 11,000 meters

Wednesday, November 22nd 2017, 2:57pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, 1948

Transradio Press Service, Friday, 4 June 1948 A high level delegation led by Philippine vice president Manuel Roxas arrived in Paris today to open discussions with French officials regarding security developments in the Far East.

Tuesday, November 21st 2017, 9:40pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Rocket Cruiser Admiral Kolchak, Kronshtadt Harbour, Wednesday, 2 June 1948 Captain Morozov’s ship swung easily at anchor in the lee of Kotlin Island, within sight of the Naval Cathedral of Saint Nicholas. Despite the fact of being in the most secure harbour in the entire Federation, guard boats circled the Admiral Kolchak twenty-four hours a day, and armed sentries kept watch. The Russian rocket cruiser had taken a break from its attachment to the German Kriegsmarine training squadron to visit t...

Monday, November 20th 2017, 2:01pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Berlin, The Cabinet Meeting Room, Tuesday, 1 June 1948 “And thus thanks to our expanding trade with our alliance partners” concluded von Hapsburg, “we are no longer as dependent upon Nordmark for the importation of iron ore or forest products as we once were. Nordish supplies of high-grade ore are still useful, but for most steel products our own sources, such as the ores at Salzgitter, are adequate.” He then continued, “Our metallurgical industries have arranged very advantageous contracts for ...

Thursday, November 16th 2017, 12:06am

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events, June 1948

Novosti News Service, Bar, Saturday, 5 June 1948 The second pair of Project 1948 Gamma amphibious craft, Landing Ship C and Landing Ship D, were launched today in the Adriatic Shipyards. Their construction continues in the shipyard’s fitting out basin. It is anticipated that a further pair will be laid down once the slipways can be prepared, as material has already been gathered in the yard’s warehouses. The Royal Yugoslav Navy presently plans to construct up to eight vessels of the Project 1948...

Wednesday, November 15th 2017, 6:46pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, June 1948

El Popular (Lima), 4 June 1948 With the newly operational destroyers Cano and De los Heros riding at anchor in the harbor of Callao Minister of Defense Zenon Noriega Aquero presided over the formal ceremonies marking the completion of the destroyers Larrea and Deganio. In his remarks Minister Noriega affirmed his confidence in the ability of the Armada’s latest vessels to undertake the duties of those vessels being sold to China, citing the reduction in regional tensions through better relations...

Wednesday, November 15th 2017, 4:50pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Type 1949 Motor Torpedo Boat

Tonnage: 70 Dimensions: 25.4 x 6.24 x 1.24 meters Machinery: Four shafts, four marine diesel engines, each 1,200 bhp; 44 knots Radius: 1,000 nm at 14 knots, 600 nm at 33 knots Crew: 20 Armament: Four 533mm torpedoes, four 25mm autocannon in twin mounts Sensors: Type 103 ‘Nalca’

Wednesday, November 15th 2017, 4:49pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Numancia-class Ocean Escort

Numancia, Philippine Ocean Escort laid down 1949 Displacement: 1,390 t light; 1,476 t standard; 1,721 t normal; 1,917 t full load Dimensions: Length overall / water x beam x draught 355.53 ft / 344.49 ft x 39.37 ft x 10.50 ft (normal load) [108.37 m / 105.00 m x 12.00 m x 3.20 m] Armament: 4 - 4.53" / 115 mm guns (2x2 guns), 46.40lbs / 21.05kg shells, 1949 Model Dual purpose guns in deck mounts with hoists on centerline ends, evenly spread 8 - 1.38" / 35.0 mm guns (4x2 guns), 1.31lbs / 0.59kg sh...

Wednesday, November 15th 2017, 4:46pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine Designs for 1949

Repository for information relating to the subject. Comments welcome.

Wednesday, November 15th 2017, 3:00pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Coast Defense Act of 1948

A comprehensive appropriations act covering not only the construction of fixed defenses throughout the national territory but also the continued funding of vessels previously authorized as well as the building of eight new ocean escorts, two additional antisubmarine gunboats, and thirty-six motor torpedo boats, viz.: Ocean escorts Numancia, Magallanes, Canalejas, Casco, Lazaga, Cadarso, Villaamil, and Bonifaz Antisubmarine gunboats Vigía and Atalaya

Wednesday, November 15th 2017, 2:36pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Emergency Shipbuilding Act of 1948

Passed in response to reports of construction of additional submarines by China. Authorized construction of two additional coastal escorts and four additional antisubmarine gunboats, viz.: Coastal escorts Cernicalo and Esmerejon Antisubmarine gunboats Vencedora, Cazadora, Centinela, and Serviola

Tuesday, November 14th 2017, 2:45pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, June 1948

The Mindanao Post, Wednesday, 2 June 1948 This week has seen much activity at the Butuan naval shipyard. Yesterday the escort destroyers Lamitan and Lucena were completed, and have now embarked on their builders’ trials. Today the antisubmarine gunboats Vencedora and Cazadora are due to be launched there. In other parts of the yard work continues on a number of ships that will soon join the fleet. The nation owes a debt of gratitude to the skilled and dedicated workers of the shipyard who strive...

Monday, November 13th 2017, 9:52pm

Author: BruceDuncan

French News, 1948

OOC (of course) Oh my, oh my... I do hope that the bean-counters at the Deuxième Bureau are liberal when it comes to auditing expense accounts. Tickets to Bangkok, to Singapore... and now a passage to Marseille? The Comte de Rochefort is a generous man indeed. ;)

Monday, November 13th 2017, 9:27pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Base Aéronavale de Lann Bihoué, France, Sunday, 30 May 1948 Kapitänleutnant Ganzer and Oberleutnant zur See Offermann were comparing notes after their most recent rides in the Breguet-Nord Br.930 Pêcheur antisubmarine aircraft. For a design that derived from the Breguet Br.693 ground-attack aircraft they found it serviceable enough, if rather small. Of course, its small size was not necessarily an impediment for operating off the Kriegsmarine’s own flight decks. The fact that the design was stil...

Monday, November 13th 2017, 8:10pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Quoted from "Brockpaine" RF Navy, by way of their naval attaché, expresses their congratulations to Vizeadmiral Engel for his promotion. Duly noted and proper thanks expressed. :thumbsup:

Monday, November 13th 2017, 6:29pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Graduation Day

Marinestützpunkt Warnemünde, Friday, 29 May 1948 The harbour of Warnemünde was filled with ships and the bright spring sunshine washed over their decks, illuminating the white-clad sailors that manned their rails. If the Kriegsmarine used the Baltic as its school-yard, this would be graduation day. Of the assembled vessels the destroyers Torgau, Bautzen, Dessau, and Gustrow had just completed their formal operational training period; the frigates Stockach, Gailingen, Chemnitz, and Mohlsdorf had ...

Monday, November 13th 2017, 3:09am

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events, 1948

Novosti News Service, Mostar, Sunday, 30 May 1948 The prototype of the Soko Strsljen jet fighter aircraft made its first flight here yesterday following a series of ground tests. The first flight was lasted ten minutes, during which the aircraft made two circuits of the work’s aerodrome. The test programme is slated to last several weeks. Company officials and Government observers pronounced themselves more than satisfied with the aircraft’s performance. Velimir Radojkovic, chairman of the Natio...

Sunday, November 12th 2017, 11:38am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Kieler Nachrichten, Friday, 28 May 1948 The destroyers Torgau, Bautzen, Dessau, and Gustrow have completed their assignment to the Lehr-Division and are now fully operational for service with the fleet. Bremer Nachrichten, Saturday, 29 May 1948 Ceremonies at the Deschimag shipyard at Bremerhaven marked the completion today of the destroyers Limburg and Oppeln; similar ceremonies at Cuxhaven marked the completion of the destroyers Schwarzburg and Altenburg. The newly-completed vessels will be und...

Sunday, November 12th 2017, 12:28am

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian Future Projects

At present the Peruvian Navy lacks service craft. So I have drawn up plans for a small tender for destroyers and small flotilla craft. ******** Carrasco, Peruvian Destroyer Tender laid down 1948 Displacement: 2,321 t light; 2,409 t standard; 3,253 t normal; 3,929 t full load Dimensions: Length overall / water x beam x draught 333.02 ft / 327.43 ft x 44.46 ft x 15.19 ft (normal load) [101.51 m / 99.80 m x 13.55 m x 4.63 m] Armament: 2 - 4.13" / 105 mm guns (1x2 guns), 35.32lbs / 16.02kg shells, 1...