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Friday, July 13th 2018, 9:50pm

Author: BruceDuncan

A Spectre Rising

A Disloyal Exchange Berlin-Oberschöneweide, Saturday, 2 October 1948 A rundown warehouse in an industrial district was not the sort of place that Ernst Blofeld chose to conduct his meetings; neither was he accustomed to have his bodyguard, Kowalski, present. However this treff would be different – an exchange of high value merchandise, with the real possibility of betrayal on the part of either party. Other operatives waited outside to admit Blofeld’s visitor upon his arrival; the wait was not l...

Friday, July 13th 2018, 7:30pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, October 1948

The Peruvian Times (Lima), 2 October 1948 The first group of Ancon-class torpedo boats sold to China have been formally handed over in special ceremonies at the Callao naval base. The entire Ancon class, and the Capitan Valdez class destroyers, will be transferred over the coming months. The sale has sparked concerns in foreign circles but on the whole has been met with approval by both the Peruvian naval staff and by government officials. The proceeds of the sale are expected to be used to fina...

Thursday, July 12th 2018, 7:20pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Operation Pegase

Aircraft Carrier Wallenstein, Brest, France, Sunday, 3 October 1948 Engel read the dispatch from Berlin, approving his suggestion for the task force’s homeward course, which also left the timing of their departure to his discretion. This last point was important, for the crews of the ships of the task force – German, Russian, and French – were enjoying their liberty in the Breton town, which had opened its arms to them. There had been an impromptu fete at which his crews were given tokens in rec...

Thursday, July 12th 2018, 3:29pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events, 1948

Delivery Status Report, 31 December 1948 Domestic Ground Ordnance Production M43 Service Rifle -:- 39,000 M47 GP Machinegun -:- 1,806 M39 Aircraft Machinegun -:- 150 M37 Tank Machinegun -:- 90 M47 Recoilless Gun -:- 600 M32 Hand Grenade -:- 255,000 Small Arms Ammunition -:- 28,500,000 Artillery Ammunition -:- 375,000 Domestic Vehicle Production for Royal Yugoslav Army Zastava M40 0.25-ton Truck -:- 150 Zastava M41 1.5-ton Truck -:- 600 Novi Sad M44 3-ton Truck -:- 1,010 Novi Sad M46 Artillery Tr...

Thursday, July 12th 2018, 3:24pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events, October 1948

Report of the Hungarian Military Attaché, Belgrade, Friday, 1 October 1948 Sources indicate that two more small amphibious vessels have been laid down for the Yugoslav Navy at the shipyards at Bar, raising the total of such craft built or building to eight. It is not entirely clear what the Yugoslavs intend for such a large number of landing ships. Their utility to support operations along the Dalmatian coast is clear but given the disparity of forces between Italy and Yugoslavia the opportunity...

Thursday, July 12th 2018, 1:28am

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, October 1948

The Mindanao Journal, Friday, 1 October 1948 The antisubmarine gunboats Vigía and Atalaya were laid down today in the Butuan naval shipyard. These vessels are accorded priority status and it is expected that they will be launched before the end of the year. They have been preceded by six sister vessels, two of which are still under construction. As the Senate is still debating the naval program for the next fiscal year it is unclear at this time whether this class of vessel will be continued.

Wednesday, July 11th 2018, 9:13pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, October 1948

Militär-Wochenblatt, Friday, 1 October 1948 In naval news, no fewer than six major warships were laid down today for the Kriegsmarine, marking another major step forward in Germany’s naval renaissance. In the Deschimag yard at Bremerhaven the escort aircraft carrier Oldenburg and the light cruiser Heidelberg saw their keels laid, while the escort aircraft carrier Mecklenburg was begun in Deschimag’s Cuxhaven facility. The light cruiser Braunschweig was laid down in the Kiel dockyard, while in th...

Monday, July 9th 2018, 8:09pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Capitan Valdes Class Destroyer

(Historical data) Capitan Valdes, Peruvian Destroyer laid down 1931 Capitan Hernandez, Peruvian Destroyer laid down 1931 Teniente Galvez, Peruvian Destroyer laid down 1933 Teniente Ferre, Peruvian Destroyer laid down 1933 Teniente Palacios, Peruvian Destroyer laid down 1933 Teniente Rodriguez, Peruvian Destroyer laid down 1935 Capitan Aguierre, Peruvian Destroyer laid down 1939 Capitan Carvajal, Peruvian Destroyer laid down 1940 Displacement: 1,877 t light; 1,956 t standard; 2,120 t normal; 2,25...

Monday, July 9th 2018, 8:07pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Ancon Class Torpedo Boat

(Historical data) First of this German-designed class began construction in 1934. DD Ancon laid down 1934 DD Mollendo laid down 1935 DD Tacna laid down 1936 DD Tumbes laid down 1936 DD Trujillo laid down 1936 DD Puno laid down 1939 DD Iquitos laid down 1940 DD Arequipa laid down 1940 Displacement: 987 t light; 1,039 t standard; 1,139 t normal; 1,218 t full load Dimensions: Length overall / water x beam x draught 323.74 ft / 311.68 ft x 29.53 ft x 10.83 ft (normal load) [98.68 m / 95.00 m x 9.00 ...

Monday, July 9th 2018, 7:56pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Corongo class Small Transport

Corongo, Peruvian Small Transport laid down 1948 Displacement: 685 t light; 709 t standard; 1,085 t normal; 1,386 t full load Dimensions: Length overall / water x beam x draught 196.32 ft / 190.94 ft x 36.09 ft x 9.19 ft (normal load) [59.84 m / 58.20 m x 11.00 m x 2.80 m] Armament: 2 - 1.46" / 37.0 mm guns (1x2 guns), 1.55lbs / 0.70kg shells, 1948 Model Anti-aircraft guns in deck mount on centerline forward 4 - 0.79" / 20.0 mm guns (2x2 guns), 0.24lbs / 0.11kg shells, 1948 Model Anti-aircraft g...

Monday, July 9th 2018, 7:53pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Carrasco class Destroyer Tender

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, 1948 Model Dual purpose guns in deck mount on centerline forward 4 - 1.46" / 37.0 mm guns (2x2 guns), 1.55lbs / 0.70kg shells, 1948 Model Anti-ai...

Saturday, July 7th 2018, 6:50pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian Naval Program 4th Quarter 1948

Peruvian Naval Program 4th Quarter 1948 Production Available Factories: 4.0 Producing Warship Material: 4.0 Tonnage Produced: 4,000 Producing Infrastructure (Committed): 0.0 Producing Infrastructure (Non - Committed): Infrastructure Points Produced: 0.0 Bonus IP for Committed Factories: 0.0 Total IP Available: 0.0 Tonnage Produced: 4,000 Proceeds from Ship Sales: 3,100 Tonnage Recovered from Scrapping: 0 Tonnage Previously Stockpiled: 1,817 Total Tonnage Available: 8,917 Tonnage Transferred Out:...

Saturday, July 7th 2018, 6:47pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine Naval Construction, 4th Quarter 1948

A. Factories Factories: 11 Factories Producing Warship Material: 11 Tonnage Produced: 11,000 Factories Producing Infrastructure (Committed): 0 Factories Producing Infrastructure (Non - Committed): 0 Infrastructure Points Produced: 0.00 Bonus IP for Committed Factories: 0.00 Total IP Available: 0.00 Tonnage Produced: 11,000 Tonnage Transferred In: 0 Tonnage Received in Payment: 0 Tonnage Reclaimed From Scrap: 0 Tonnage Previously Stockpiled: 3,685 Total Tonnage Available: 14,685 Tonnage Paid: 0 T...

Saturday, July 7th 2018, 6:45pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslavia 4Q48 Sim Report

Yugoslavia 4Q48 Sim Report A. Factories Factories : 2 Producing Warship Material : 1 Tonnage Produced : 1,000 Producing Infrastructure (Committed) : 1 Producing Infrastructure (Non - Committed) : 0 Infrastructure Points Produced : 0.10 Bonus IP for Committed Factories : 0.10 Total IP Available : 0.20 Tonnage Produced : 1,000 Tonnage Transferred In : 0 Tonnage Received in Payment : 0 Tonnage Reclaimed From Scrap : 0 Tonnage Previously Stockpiled : 809 Total Tonnage Available : 1,809 Tonnage Paid ...

Saturday, July 7th 2018, 6:42pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German Naval Construction Programme, Fourth Quarter 1948

German Naval Construction Programme, Fourth Quarter 1948 A. Factories Factories: 31 Available: 31 Producing Warship Material: 31 Tonnage Produced: 31,000 Producing Infrastructure (Committed): 0 Producing Infrastructure (Non - Committed): 0 Infrastructure Points Produced: 0.0 Bonus IP for Committed Factories: 0.0 Total IP Available: 0.0 Tonnage Produced: 31,000 Tonnage Transferred In: 0 Tonnage Received in Payment: 0 Tonnage Reclaimed From Scrap: 0 Tonnage Previously Stockpiled: 3,116 Total Tonn...

Friday, July 6th 2018, 6:19pm

Author: BruceDuncan

The Rade de Brest

The roadstead and harbor of Brest, France

Friday, July 6th 2018, 6:12pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Operation Pegase

Aircraft Carrier Wallenstein, Brest, France, Friday, 1 October 1948 The ships of the Alliance task force rocked gently in the swells of the rade de Brest, the outer roadstead of the great French naval base. Supply craft brought out provisions and fresh water while small tankers replenished the fuel bunkers of the ships. Engel took the opportunity to begin to organise his notes on all that had transpired thus far during the course of the exercise; while is duel with Force Bayard was completed, th...

Wednesday, July 4th 2018, 7:50pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Operation Pegase

Aircraft Carrier Wallenstein, The North Atlantic, Monday, 28 September 1948 Admiral Engel finally received the accounting from the team of umpires on the state of his task force after the savage French air attack. While his own ship had managed to avoid serious damage her sister, the Pappenheim, and been judged as having taken two torpedoes, leaving her heavily damaged and non-operational. The results of damage control exercises presently underway would determine whether she could be saved or no...

Tuesday, July 3rd 2018, 11:04pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Operation Pegase

The North Atlantic, Monday, 28 September 1948 The diversionary first strike from FO Bayard comprised sixteen Épaulard dive bombers with an equal number of Milan fighters. The former carried their normal load of practice bombs but the latter did not carry rockets, as they would under normal circumstances. Their mission was to tempt the Force Bleu combat air patrol to over-commit, to keep them occupied while the heavier second strike delivered a crushing blow. To this end they flew high, certain t...

Monday, July 2nd 2018, 7:46pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Operation Pegase

The North Atlantic, Dawn, Monday, 28 September 1948 FO Bayard At Admiral Bailly’s insistence, Capitaine de vaisseau Pierre Le Gloan had juggled FO Bayard’s air assets to maintain a relay of scouts tracking, if loosely, the position of Force Bleu. Those might not survive encounters with its combat air patrols which, he expected, would be launched as soon as the sun rose. On the decks of Zélé and Héros the deck crews made final preparations to launch the first wave of strike aircraft – a relativel...