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Yesterday, 5:49pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Cruiser Novara, Pearl Harbour, Hawaii, Monday, 28 June 1948 Concluding their pleasant stay in America’s “Gibraltar of the Pacific” Admiral Rogge again led his ships to sea. Crewmen not on watch gathered at the rails of the Novara to photograph the Aloha Tower, the great lighthouse that greeted every vessel arriving and departing Honolulu. The American coast guard cutter Taney shepherded the East Asia Squadron to sea, and would follow them north-westward until they left American waters south of M...

Friday, December 8th 2017, 3:42pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Militär-Wochenblatt, Friday, 25 June 1948 With the tempo of deliveries mounting, three more interceptor wings of the Luftwaffe have converted to the BFW Bf262 – Jagdgeschwader 51, Jagdgeschwader 52, and Jagdgeschwader 53. This leaves only two units – Jagdgeschwader 55 and Jagdgeschwader 71 – still flying the Focke Wulf Fw190A. It is expected that these units will re-equip in the near future as more modern aircraft become available. Transradio Press Service, Saturday, 26 June 1948 The German Navy...

Thursday, December 7th 2017, 3:16pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events, 1948

Belgrade, The White Palace, Friday, 25 June 1948 King Aleksandr had called the morning’s meeting with his military chiefs to discuss the implications of the recent German decision to permit the sale of additional armaments to Yugoslavia. Of the long list of requests submitted to the German foreign office only two, for the supply of Arado bomber aircraft and Junkers jet engines, had been approved, and insofar as the bombers were concerned, in far smaller numbers that what was sought. Major-Genera...

Thursday, December 7th 2017, 12:03am

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, 1948

Hospodarske noviny (Prague), Tuesday, 22 June 1948 Vice President Manuel Roxas of the Philippines arrived here this morning to open discussions with Government officials and representatives of the Skoda Works regarding his nation’s need for modern military equipment. A Skoda subsidiary, Skoda-Davao, is the Philippines’ leading munitions firms and is a leading candidate to meet Philippine requirements for new artillery equipment. It is also expected that both sides will also discuss general econo...

Wednesday, December 6th 2017, 2:53pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Quoted from "Brockpaine" Well, in consolation, the Asperns probably did just about as well as the Kolchak! :) Probably not as well. They're bigger, their masts probably taller, with a higher radar horizon. They would do better in a mid-to-long range engagement. Also, few pilots would undertake to fly as close to the deck as the four specialists chosen to execute the 'attack'. Their speed of approach was no doubt a surprise. Yes, it was a set up. 8)

Wednesday, December 6th 2017, 2:52am

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Rocket Cruiser Admiral Kolchak, 55 dgs 31 min North, 19 dgs 30 min East, Thursday, 24 June 1948 The Admiral Kolchak sailed in company with a pair of Kriegsmarine air defence cruisers, the Lissa and the Saida, both of which were nearing the end of their training cycle. The weather was clear, a three-quarter moon hung off the ship’s starboard quarter. In the morning they were due to rendezvous with a quartet of Kriegsmarine destroyers for air defence drills. For Morozov and his crew it would be go...

Wednesday, December 6th 2017, 12:45am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Survey Ship Komet, Recife, Brazil, Tuesday, 22 June 1948 The warm and friendly port of Recife was familiar to some of the Komet’s crew, but exotic and alluring for most of them. Having arrived to take on water, fuel, and provisions her captain allowed his men forty-eight hours liberty; knowing the long hours they would spend in the vast reaches of the South Pacific giving them the opportunity to relax would be some compensation. The ship would call in Argentina before rounding Cape Horn, and wou...

Tuesday, December 5th 2017, 4:54pm

Author: BruceDuncan

British Empire News 1948

Fascinating... ;)

Monday, December 4th 2017, 4:01pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Beijing Newspaper Q1/1948 - Chinese news and events - January / February / March

Quoted from "Brockpaine" Hmm. Well, this is looking increasingly unlikely to end well for the Chinese... OOC: <Opens another bag of pop corn>

Monday, December 4th 2017, 3:13pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, 1948

The Manila Chronicle, Friday, 18 June 1948 Dateline Olongopo: Formal ceremonies marked the official decommissioning of the aircraft carrier Linguyen preparatory for her transfer to Japan. In the last several years she has served a training capacity but was found redundant in last year’s defense review. She is due begin her delivery voyage later this month.

Monday, December 4th 2017, 3:17am

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events, 1948

Novosti News Service, Belgrade, Friday, 18 June 1948 Minister of Justice Nikola Kidric announced today that the six perpetrators of the air piracy of the Italian airliner will be tried by Yugoslav courts, refusing repeated demands for their extradition to Italy. The Libyans involved in the affair had requested political asylum, but the decision by Minister Kidric ends weeks of speculation regarding their fate. Informed observers expect that the alleged air pirates will receive a fair trial, and ...

Sunday, December 3rd 2017, 3:39pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Berlin, Abwehr Headquarters, Saturday, 19 June 1948 General Gehlen read the Wilhelmstraße’s report of the Dire Dawa incident with interest. The shooting by police of striking railway workers was in no way linked to his own intrigues in East Africa, but it certainly worked in concert with them. Such brutality would no doubt recruit for the nascent insurgent movement of Tafari Makonnen, and world opinion would be inflamed by it. He drafted a memorandum to accomplish that end, directing the placeme...

Saturday, December 2nd 2017, 3:08pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, 1948

Reuters News Service, London, Monday, 14 June 1948 The Philippine vice-presidential delegation which arrived last week for consultations with the Foreign Office departed today for The Hague, where it is expected to enter into discussions with Dutch officials regarding the security situation in the Far East. The Manila Times, Tuesday, 15 June 1948 The Ministry of Defense has announced that agreement has been reached with British authorities to confirm the previous conditional order for an additio...

Friday, December 1st 2017, 10:14pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Rocket Cruiser Admiral Kolchak, Kronshtadt Harbour, Thursday, 17 June 1948 For the last fortnight the Admiral Kolchak had been in the hands of the yards, putting to right the short list of defects exposed during his voyage from the Black Sea. Morozov and his senior officers had personally overseen the repairs, assuring that nothing was skimped or short-changed; and for their part, the shipfitters had done their work well. Morozov was now ready to take the Admiral Kolchak to sea to test the repai...

Friday, December 1st 2017, 6:06pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Cruiser Novara, 4 dgs 6 min North, 168 dgs 7 min West, Wednesday, 16 June 1948 The beneficent weather of the South Pacific was one of the attractions for the sailors of the East Asia Squadron, and this day was much to their liking – brilliant sunshine, calm seas, and a breeze to supplement the fifteen-knot speed of the ships’ northward movement. The weather reports augured well for the present weather pattern to continue; the tropical storm that had formed off the China coast had dissipated quic...

Friday, December 1st 2017, 1:28pm

Author: BruceDuncan

1949 Battlecruiser Design Sketch

Something that the Philippine admirals have dreamt of. TBD, Philippine Battlecruiser laid down 1949 Displacement: 26,198 t light; 27,396 t standard; 29,973 t normal; 32,035 t full load Dimensions: Length overall / water x beam x draught 799.36 ft / 780.84 ft x 95.14 ft x 26.25 ft (normal load) [243.65 m / 238.00 m x 29.00 m x 8.00 m] Armament: 9 - 11.02" / 280 mm guns (3x3 guns), 669.80lbs / 303.82kg shells, 1949 Model Breech loading guns in turrets (on barbettes) on centerline ends, majority fo...

Friday, December 1st 2017, 2:34am

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events, 1948

Report of the Hungarian Military Attaché, Belgrade, Tuesday, 15 June 1948 Testing of the new indigenous medium tank – codenamed Kurjak (Wolf) – continues. As some shortcoming emerge with any new design, my sources have yet to identify any significant problems. There are indications that production of the M40 Rocket Launcher will cease in favour of the new M47 Recoilless Gun, which is to become the primary antitank weapon of the infantry. Confirming my last report production of motor vehicles for...

Wednesday, November 29th 2017, 8:02pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Nordstrand class Small Landing Ship

Nordstrand, German Small Landing Ship laid down 1949 Displacement: 370 t light; 382 t standard; 400 t normal; 414 t full load Dimensions: Length overall / water x beam x draught 166.83 ft / 164.04 ft x 26.25 ft x 5.74 ft (normal load) [50.85 m / 50.00 m x 8.00 m x 1.75 m] Armament: 2 - 1.46" / 37.0 mm guns (1x2 guns), 1.55lbs / 0.70kg shells, 1949 Model Anti-aircraft guns in deck mount on centerline forward 4 - 0.79" / 20.0 mm guns (2x2 guns), 0.24lbs / 0.11kg shells, 1949 Model Anti-aircraft gu...

Wednesday, November 29th 2017, 7:59pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Renke class Utility Landing Ship

Renke, German Utility Landing Ship laid down 1949 Displacement: 997 t light; 1,041 t standard; 1,103 t normal; 1,152 t full load Dimensions: Length overall / water x beam x draught 300.17 ft / 295.28 ft x 36.09 ft x 5.74 ft (normal load) [91.49 m / 90.00 m x 11.00 m x 1.75 m] Armament: 8 - 1.46" / 37.0 mm guns (2x4 guns), 1.55lbs / 0.70kg shells, 1949 Model Anti-aircraft guns in deck mounts on centerline ends, evenly spread 8 - 0.79" / 20.0 mm guns (4x2 guns), 0.24lbs / 0.11kg shells, 1949 Model...

Wednesday, November 29th 2017, 3:32pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Le Courrier du Indochina (Saigon), Sunday, 13 June 1948 The German corvettes Blitz and Pfeil have returned to the naval anchorage at Cam Rahn Bay following a lengthy cruise along the coast of China and the Philippines. Fliegerhorst Nordholz, Monday, 14 June 1948 The crew of the Breguet-Nord Br.930 Pêcheur taxied their aircraft to the apron following an uneventful landing. Following a close examination of the aircraft by technicians of the German Marineflieger they would, in the days ahead, demon...