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Today, 10:00am

Author: Hood

Meanwhile, in Russia: 1948

IC the British would not say much at this stage, their inclusion on the list of possible arbitration members would preclude any public judgement as to blame from London on the matter. The old Dutch government would echo the last part of the Philippine Government's statement but does worry privately about Russia's heavy handed approach. The Belgians find it an interesting distraction in the newspapers but no official response is likely. The Argentines have some sympathy with China, having had the...

Today, 9:53am

Author: Hood

French News, 1948

Interesting stuff, freelancing and rogue intelligence officers can only end badly.

Sunday, January 14th 2018, 11:01am

Author: Hood

Scenes of Fire and Fury

Some mysterious stuff, wonder how this might turn out.

Friday, January 12th 2018, 2:51pm

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1948

8 July The results of the General Election are: De Progressieve Eland-Stier Partij (Progressive Party, PEP): 38 members (25%) Rooms-Katholieke Volkspartij (Catholic Peoples Party, RKVP): 33 members (22%) Partij van de Arbeid (Labour Party, PvDa): 27 members (18%) Vrijheidsbond (Freedom League): 13 members (8.6%) Arbeiders-Democratische Bond (Democratic Workers' League): 12 members (8%) De Mannen met Zeer Boze Blikken Partij (DMZSBD): 9 members (6%) Communistische Partij Holland (Communist Party ...

Friday, January 12th 2018, 1:47pm

Author: Hood

Meanwhile, in Russia: 1948

Maybe, perhaps with a few more explosions?

Friday, January 12th 2018, 12:21pm

Author: Hood

Meanwhile, in Russia: 1948

Bit disappointed there were no waves of tanks heading for Beijing but I'll keep the popcorn close just in case!

Thursday, January 11th 2018, 6:14pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

A Conspiracy at the Barley Row? Tony Talks Michael Braithwaite and Special Branch Detective Inspector Grice were still deep into the interrogation of Tony Palmer. He maintained he was a courier, recruited by the nameless “posh southern git”. When Henry telephoned in his report from Warrington, Michael immediately suspected the antiques dealer could be the man, but it was flimsy and with so little to go on there was little option but to pursue what meagre leads they had and keep plugging away at ...

Monday, January 8th 2018, 4:18pm

Author: Hood

ARA Almirante Brown

Acquired from Peru in Q4/1948. Peru had acquired the carrier entered into negotiations with Italy in 1941 for this former training carrier. Italy undertook an extensive refit in order to prepare the vessel for combat service, and handed the ship over in July 1942. The Argentine airgroup is expected to be approximately 24 FMA I-02N Pulqui fighters and 24 IMPA NT-2 Alicanto torpedo-bombers. Sketch by Red Admiral. ARA Almirante Brown (ex-Peruvian Lima, ex-Italian Giovanni Caboto), laid down 1930, r...

Monday, January 8th 2018, 10:59am

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

As far as I know Thailand has been NPC for donkey's years. The deal is historical anyway so it no big deal, something cheap and cheerful for a cheap and cheerful air force. Besides which Thailand did but a fair bit of British stuff in WW in the past.

Sunday, January 7th 2018, 11:17am

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

1 July The National Museum of Wales today opened the Welsh Folk Museum at St Fagans to the public. It is the first open-air museum in Britain and Lorwerth Peate has been appointed as its Director. 5 July At the Park Hospital in Manchester, Minister of Health Aneurin Bevan unveiled the National Health Service and stated the organisation’s three core principles; that it meet the needs of everyone; that it be free at the point of delivery; that it be based on clinical need, not ability to pay. Appl...

Friday, January 5th 2018, 12:41pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

A Conspiracy at the Barley Row? The Reverend and the Landlord Although the case was in the hands of the ‘Inquisitors’, Michael Braithwaite still remained the case officer. The Liverpool office wanted Tom Measure and Henry Golding back for other work, but Michael still needed their diligent footwork and both men were now deeply involved in an interesting case and didn’t want to leave. The case had by now caught the attention of the very top level at Whitehall. The head of MI5 was keeping a keen e...

Wednesday, January 3rd 2018, 10:30am

Author: Hood

Merry Christmas and a happy new year

Welcome back! Happy New Year to everyone.

Monday, January 1st 2018, 4:45pm

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1948

1 July A new newspaper has hit the newsstands in Surabaya, Java, today. The Jawa Pos (Java Post) has been launched by local business man Suseno Tedjo. The newspaper's motto is, "There is always something new". 2 July Fokker has signed a production agreement enabling the Italian aircraft manufacturer Macchi to build the S.15 Instructor under licence as the Macchi M.416. The S.15 is a development of the S.11 powered by a 260hp Minerva-Avia Minion Minor engine. The prototype was first flown in May ...

Monday, January 1st 2018, 4:44pm

Author: Hood

Belgian News 1948

1 July At the Cockerill shipyard in Antwerp today two new large warships were formally laid down in a huge boost to the fortunes of the workers of the yard and the city of Antwerp. The two ships are the first aircraft carrier to be built in Belgium, the Wandelaar and the new light cruiser Westdiep of similar design to the Queen Julianna, herself launched last month from the same slip, but with three main turrets. The Westdiep will replace the Wandelaar on completion. Some critics have highlighte...

Sunday, December 31st 2017, 3:04pm

Author: Hood

Colombia Q1,through Q4, 1943

Good catch, I hadn't noticed that.

Friday, December 29th 2017, 4:59pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

A Conspiracy at the Barley Row The Investigation Continues By the end of the day both Aston and Palmer found themselves on separate trains heading south, handcuffed to two Special Branch detectives. Their destination was the main MI5 detainment and interrogation centre in the grounds of a country house in Surrey, not far from the outskirts of London. Here the ‘Inquisitors’ would take over the investigation, working on the initial leads from Michael Braithwaite’s interview. In the meantime Tom Me...

Friday, December 29th 2017, 4:57pm

Author: Hood

Noticias Argentinas 1948

1 July Workers at the Astillero Nav. shipyard in Puerto Belgrano and the Tandanor Yard at Comodoro Rividavia have been busy as they began work on two new landing ships for the Navy. The Navy has long been concerned that the Marines have had little purpose-built transport and exercises since 1935 have consistently shown that the lack of means to move vehicles direct to the beach is a major problem in assault operations. The Navy therefore acquired additional fund this year to build two Project 72...

Thursday, December 28th 2017, 10:26am

Author: Hood

Yugoslav News and Events, 1948

The governments of Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands and Argentina express their condolences to the people of Yugoslavia and the Royal Family. British Prime Minister Clement Attlee will attend the funeral, as will the Belgian Prime Minister Paul-Henri Spaak and the Dutch Prime Minister Eduard Land. Argentina's Ambassador will represent his nation.

Wednesday, December 27th 2017, 4:53pm

Author: Hood

RAF Specifications 1949

As is customary for Q3 of a year, the annual look ahead at what is cooking in the minds of the Air Staff and what requirements will soon be winging their way to the aircraft manufacturers who will soon be scribbling furiously on drawing boards and calculating on slide rules. A.9/49 Issued to Fairey to cover the Widgeon HC.2 helicopter for RAF search and rescue duties. A.20/49 Issued for an Air Observation Post light aircraft for the Army Air Corps to replace the Auster GR.Mk.I. The contenders ar...