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Sunday, December 10th 2017, 3:59pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

Tuesday 15 June The Middle East was again on the agenda at the second day of talks at the Quai d'Orsay. Gabriel Mandel was interested in Ernest Bevin’s recent Middle Eastern and Mediterranean tour and its purpose and outcomes. Therefore, he was not surprised when the draft agenda had raised the issue of the Suez Canal. Bevin began by briefly outlining his visit to Cairo but soon got to the nub of his request. In his talks with the Egyptian government, they had requested a share in the Compagnie ...

Sunday, December 10th 2017, 3:57pm

Author: Hood

Belgian News 1948

16 June Today marks the first step in the replacement of the Motor Torpedo Boat fleet. Forty-eight such craft were licence-built from a Mexican design in the early 1930s but now this fleet is aging and is considered too large for the Navy’s needs. A new design has been drawn up by Navy architects and features an armament of two twin 23mm FN-Madsen mounts and two 533mm torpedo tubes or eight depth-charges and four 1,200hp Werkspoor M48MD diesels driving four shafts to give a speed of 43kts. The f...

Saturday, December 9th 2017, 4:33pm

Author: Hood

Noticias Argentinas 1948

14 June The new Commander-in-Chief of the Navy Almirante Bouchard (he has been promoted from his old post of Chief of Staff) has outlined a major reorganisation of the Navy which will take effect from 1 July. The five Naval Brigada will be responsible solely for coastal defence of the territorial areas they cover. The main combat units of the Navy will come under a new Fleet Operations Command. A new Submarine Command and a Mine Warfare Command have also been created to more efficiently make use...

Tuesday, December 5th 2017, 4:03pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

A Conspiracy at the Barley Row? Tony's Story Michael headed for Warrington Police station where Special Branch Detective Inspector Grice was already waiting. Once Tom and Henry got the noisy and uncooperative man out of the car and into the station Tom and Henry began searching the man’s coat and his possessions and Michael began asking him questions. “Please tell me your name and address,” Michael asked as he took out the man’s driving licence from his wallet after Tom had passed it to him. “I’...

Saturday, December 2nd 2017, 5:01pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

13 June The Philippine delegation led by Vice President Roxas arrived for talks with the Foreign Office and the Ministry of Defence last Thursday. The main topic for discussion was the desire of the Philippines to acquire additional quantities of British aircraft to strengthen its air defenses. Two deals have been signed as a result of these talks; one is a repeat order of Mk.31 Vampire fighters from de Havilland and a new order for an undisclosed number of Gloster Meteor Mk.55 night-fighters fr...

Wednesday, November 29th 2017, 8:14pm

Author: Hood

Kriegsmarine Design Plans - 1949

One wonders what use Germany has for landing ships? Both designs look ok to me.

Tuesday, November 28th 2017, 10:25am

Author: Hood

Territorial Waters

I don't think we can reasonably retcon the decision if it was made by AdmK at the time. There are very few if any players from 1921 still active to remember the event and nobody since has been actively aware or remembered the event. So complaints 27 years later seem futile to say the least. I'm happy to accept the decision of 1921 and I won't contest that (otherwise I'd be tempted to contest a lot of other crazy stuff that went on during 1921 to my own advantage!). However, given the Baltic and ...

Sunday, November 26th 2017, 11:15am

Author: Hood

Preliminary Profile – Heinkel He319 Night Fighter

Are the pilot and radar operator sat side-by-side? Also, I note the kink in the rear fuselage tail, I assume this would be handy provision for a rocket booster for a future variant?

Saturday, November 25th 2017, 5:00pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

1 June In Burma several new governmental bodies have been officially formed as greater home rule granted by Britain takes effect today. The Maternal and Child Welfare Association will administer a national system of welfare policies and benefits to replace previous local initiatives. The Ministry of Finance and Revenue will administer Burma's monetary and fiscal policies. The Ministry of Commerce will oversee foreign trade. It is made up of the following boards and corporations: Union of Burma P...

Saturday, November 25th 2017, 4:58pm

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1948

1 June The Minister of Defence Wim Schokking confirmed today that the change of status of the Kongo and Ubangi-Shari as provinces will alter the status of their armed forces. They will be brought once again within the overall structure of the Dutch armed forces rather than being standalone structures but will retain operational independence and will still be responsible for local recruitment, supply and procurement. As with the Dutch East Indies, there will also be a degree of local political ov...

Saturday, November 25th 2017, 4:56pm

Author: Hood

Belgian News 1948

1 June At the Cockerill shipyard in Antwerp the hull of the new training cruiser, Queen Julianna, was launched by the wife of the Minister of Defence, Claire de Fraiteur. 7 June Deliveries of the new Cockerill T-22A tank destroyer to the Army have begun. A hundred of these fast and powerful destroyers armed with 90mm guns have been ordered. Trials of the T-22B armed with a Dutch 105mm L20 M1945G howitzer have also recently begun and fifty-five are currently on order for the Army. Also on order a...

Saturday, November 18th 2017, 5:45pm

Author: Hood

Noticias Argentinas 1948

11 June Fábrica de Motores a Reacción (Jet Engine Factory) has been formed by Fabrica Militar de Aviones (FMA) in partnership with Rolls-Royce to undertake maintenance and overhaul work on Rolls-Royce Derwent engines for the Meteor fleet. V. Ing. Raúl Argentino Magallanes has been appointed as Director. Machine tools and gauges and equipment enable the factory to build component parts locally with assistance from Rolls-Royce technicians and training. The new purpose-built factory is located in R...

Friday, November 17th 2017, 3:36pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

Operation FOREMAST 28th April to 10th May Exercise Commander: Commander in Chief North Atlantic, Admiral Sir Geoffrey Layton The broad area of the exercise zone was a 250nm radius arc centred on coordinates 52° 10' 0" W 22° 0' 0. Phase I: 28th April to 1st May Transit to exercise area, full scale fleet manoeruves, defence against aerial attacks. Phase II: 2nd May to 4th May Formation of large-scale carrier fleet (three strike and two escort carriers) and practice of mass formations in long-range...

Tuesday, November 14th 2017, 11:59am

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

30 May Today Reid and Sigrist Ltd., manufacturer of precision aircraft instrumentation and operator of a flying training school, unveiled their latest aircraft creation which flew earlier this month. The R.S.4 Bobsleigh is a converted R.S.3 Desford twin-engine trainer fitted with a prone pilot station in the fuselage nose. The aircraft will be operated by the Institute of Aviation Medicine for research into G-force resistance, the prone position in theory offering pilots a more comfortable posit...

Tuesday, November 14th 2017, 10:33am

Author: Hood

French News, 1948

Jean Paul Maury is certainly an enterprising man. I can see him going far in the Deuxième Bureau.

Monday, November 13th 2017, 6:11pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

20 May In an effort to stabilise the situation in Iraq, the Iraqi government has promised wage and food price reforms and funding for additional food imports. It is widely believed that a General Election will soon be called. 24 May The Coastal Command Development Unit at RAF Ballykelly has been re-designated as the Air-Sea Warfare Development Unit. 26 May The prototype of the new Saro P.104 four-engine maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine flying boat made its maiden flight today. Designed...

Friday, November 10th 2017, 8:31pm

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1948

26 May The T.O.P. (Tot Ons Plezier)multi sports club in Paramaribo, Suriname has been renamed from N.A.K.S. (Na Arbeid Komt Sport). Aside from Football, NAKS also has a korfball and gymnastics teams. 30 May The Army has sent several teams to represent the Netherlands in the competitions of the 1948 Militariad held in Russia against some of the best military completion teams from across Europe. A team drawn from the 4th Panser Regiment, including four Dutch T-44 tanks which were shipped to the Al...

Friday, November 10th 2017, 8:30pm

Author: Hood

Belgian News 1948

30 May The Army has sent several teams to represent Belgium in the competitions of the 1948 Militariad held in Russia against some of the best military completion teams from across Europe. A team drawn from the 2nd d’Anvers Fortress Regiment participated in the Pioneer's Challenge which tested the skills of combat engineers in building a four-span pontoon bridge (capable of bearing tanks), clearing a roadway through a forested area, constructing defensive trenches, laying a (dud) minefield, barb...

Friday, November 10th 2017, 4:49pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

A Conspiracy at the Barley Row? The Snatch While the search of Aston’s room had uncovered little of note, it increased Michael Braithwaite’s suspicion that he was passing information regarding the activities of the Risley facility via information he was picking up at the Barley Row and perhaps other open sources. The next move was to intercept the dead-letter box pick-up. Henry Golding and Tom Measure had been practising the manoeuvre on paper for several days before getting fully acquainted wit...