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Today, 6:59pm

Author: BruceDuncan

A Spectre Rising - Diversification

Berlin, The French Embassy, Friday, 13 August 1948 René Mathis found the envelope on his desk when he arrived that morning. Officially he served as the embassy’s assistant military attaché, which was a somewhat rather thin cover for his true work for the Deuxième Bureau. Of course, none of his efforts were directed against France’s German allies, but rather his brief was to backstop the Abwehr’s counter-espionage efforts and to keep his eyes and ears open for information flowing from other sourc...

Today, 1:54am

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events, 1948

Novosti News Service, Bar, Sunday, 8 August 1948 The landing ships Bobovica and Corkovac have completed their operational training and will soon embark on amphibious exercises in the Kavajë District in the southern portion of the country.

Yesterday, 6:26pm

Author: BruceDuncan

A Spectre Rising - Irons in the Fire

Berlin, The Hungarian Legation, Tuesday, 10 August 1948 Major Lazlo Farkas carefully examined the photographs he had obtained the day before from Blofeld, the enterprising entrepreneur of secret intelligence. He had been summoned to meeting at the Hackesche Höfe market through the usual method and had received a small parcel containing a book, in whose pages were concealed a neat, hand-written report giving significant details of a new aircraft being developed by Państwowe Zakłady Lotnicze in Wa...

Yesterday, 1:18am

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Marinestützpunkt Warnemünde, Friday, 6 August 1948 When Pavel Kozyukhin arrived at the headquarters of Konteradmiral Maximilian Glaser he was surprised to discover that Glaser already had a visitor – the former commander of the Lehr Division, Vizeadmiral Siegfried Engel. “Good to see you Kozyukhin,” said Engel affably. “I understand that you continue to give our ships a worthy standard to live up to.” “Thank you Admiral,” the Russian officer replied. “I believe my men have learned as much as the...

Friday, February 23rd 2018, 10:10pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, 1948

The Philippine Herald, Saturday, 7 August 1948 In his report to the Senate yesterday Minister of Defense Don Joaquin de la Vega announced that an agreement in principle has been reached with the Government of the Russian Federation for the supply to the Philippine Air Force of a number of Mikoyan MiG-15 fighter aircraft, as well as a number of operational trainer variants, to the Philippine Air Force. Moreover, if approved by the Senate, the agreement calls for the licensing of type for local pr...

Thursday, February 22nd 2018, 7:52pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1948

The Peruvian Times (Lima), 11 August 1948 Demolition of the three DM-1 class coastal minelayers was completed yesterday in Callao and Matarani. Their demise marks the departure of that class of warship from the Peruvian Navy’s order of battle. There is speculation that a replacement type is contemplated, but there is no indication that the Armada has programmed any construction of that nature in its present plans.

Thursday, February 22nd 2018, 5:14pm

Author: BruceDuncan

British Empire News 1948

Speaking out of character here... Since Stobin reported his presence in Dublin to Schellenburg we have a disconnect here - or MI5 is attempting to play a deep game. Moreover, I think it unlikely that the low-level agents would know the operational codename of people higher up in the hierarchy, though that in itself is not impossible.

Thursday, February 22nd 2018, 3:31am

Author: BruceDuncan

A Spectre Rising - Miscalculations

Berlin, The British Embassy, Monday, 9 August 1948 Burroughs rushed down to the Passport Control office and announced to Tanner, “Another postcard.” The latter looked at it – it was cheap tourist stuff, showing one of the many eating establishments in the Haus Vaterland. “It’s ‘The London Pub’,” Tanner exclaimed. “How ironic.” The Haus Vaterland was an amusement venue in the Potsdamer Platz featuring a number of restaurants each themed to a different country or time. Tanner looked at the reverse...

Wednesday, February 21st 2018, 4:01pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

London, The German Embassy, Wednesday, 4 August 1948 Walter Schellenburg carefully considered the report provided by his agent Walser; if the club gossip repeated by Sidney Stanley was to be believed then the British security services were continuing their investigations into a portion, at least, of his ‘Baker Street Irregulars’. Contact with several of his ‘sweepers’ had been lost – old Aston among them – and Schellenburg presumed that they were at the moment enjoying the hospitality of MI6; th...

Tuesday, February 20th 2018, 2:46pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, August 1948

The Manila Times, Tuesday, 3 August 1948 Minister of Defense Don Joaquin de la Vega has returned from Petrograd in the Russian Federation, where he held very fruitful discussions with Russian officials in regard to the security situation in the Far East. No details of the visit have been released though de la Vega was immediately whisked to the Malacañan Palace to brief the Council of Ministers on the results. A formal report to the Senate is anticipated for later this week.

Monday, February 19th 2018, 6:43pm

Author: BruceDuncan

A Spectre Rising - Intermezzo

Berlin-Müggelheim, Friday, 6 August 1948 The man walking down the street bore a vaguely Levantine look, heightened by the goatee and moustache. His dress however was not out of place, a sober business suit accentuated by a black Homburg. He stopped at the door of a chemist’s shop, and seemed to adjust his tie, before going in. “Good day,” said the chemist behind the shop counter in a friendly voice, for he recognised his customer. The shop was empty but for the proprietor. “Go right on up, you a...

Monday, February 19th 2018, 4:10pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Marinestützpunkt Warnemünde, Monday, 2 August 1948 On the one hand Oberstleutnant Walter Koehler of the Abwehr wished that the Kippenberger’s team from the Kommando Spezialkräfte had brought back a prisoner, or two, for interrogation; on the other, he was thankful that there was no apparent fallout from the operation. Whoever it was running the surveillance trawlers had – it seemed – not made a complaint to the Danish authorities. That ‘who’ was his problem; the documents and other material reco...

Monday, February 19th 2018, 3:39pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Refit question

Quoted from "Hood" 65mm always seemed an odd cut-off point to me, can't think of many real-world guns in that calibre or why, as you say, a 75mm (or 76mm for that matter) deck mount would be any more problematic to remove than a 65mm one. While I agree that the rule, as written, is problematic, I am unconvinced at this time whether it ought to be modified. Many of us, in refitting vessels, have either paid the costs as specified, or made decisions on whether to refit, or how to refit, a vessel ...

Monday, February 19th 2018, 1:21am

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events, August 1948

Novosti News Service, Zagreb, Wednesday, 4 August 1948 Acting on information provided by an informant Zagreb police today recovered a cache of nine Old Master paintings stolen in England some six weeks ago. The paintings, valued in excess of £8,000, were found undamaged in a derelict warehouse and will be returned to their British owner as soon as possible.

Monday, February 19th 2018, 1:19am

Author: BruceDuncan

Results from the 1948 Summer Olympics

Quoted from "thesmilingassassin" I agree, great write up and no easy task but close to historical outcome is in theory only good for historical nations. No South African participation? Even historical medal counts for the top 5 nations are not that close to historical. For example, historical medal counts for: France-29, Italy-27, Great Britain-23, Turkey-12, Hungary-27. Not trying to rain on the parade but I don't think its very close to historical. You are correct - but to allow for the inclu...

Sunday, February 18th 2018, 6:41pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, August 1948

Diario Oficial El Peruano (Lima), 4 August 1948 The cruiser Ancash returned to the fleet following her refit and modernization in the Callao dockyard of the Servicios Industriales de la Marina. She is due to be followed by her sister Amazonas, which will be taken in hand in October.

Sunday, February 18th 2018, 1:47pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Results from the 1948 Summer Olympics

Quoted from "Hood" Nice work Bruce, its been fun to follow and I think the results are fair and all of my player nations will be happy with those tallies. Thank you! I tried to keep things close to the historical results but making due allowance for the changed circumstances of Wesworld.

Sunday, February 18th 2018, 3:05am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, August 1948

London, The Portland Club, Portland Place, Sunday, 1 August 1948 Martin Walser tried hard not to appear overly interested in the conversation being held at the next table, where Sidney Stanley was regaling the other three members of his foursome with the gossip he had heard – supposedly – from his many friends in Downing Street. Thankfully, Walser was playing ‘dummy’ in the current game of bridge, and could listen while keeping his attention riveted on the cards before him. “There’s a regular ma...