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Today, 4:29pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Deutsche Presse-Agentur, Monday, 13 December 1948 The Foreign Ministry has delivered a note to the Government of the United Netherlands advising that Germany will continue to require separate certificates of country of origin for products originating in the colonies and dependencies of the United Netherlands – Congo, the East Indies, etc. Despite the conclusion of the Customs Union between the Netherlands and its dependencies it is the German position that these are separate and distinct from th...

Saturday, November 10th 2018, 9:58pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine Naval Construction Programs

Naval Armament Replenishment Act of 1949 Provided continued funding for construction under way and authorized construction of two 13,000 ton heavy cruisers viz: Heavy cruisers Leyte and Cagayan

Saturday, November 10th 2018, 9:56pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, 1948

The Philippine Gazette, Wednesday, 15 November 1948 The Senate has given its approval to the latest Naval Armament Replenishment Act, providing continuing funding for the vessels authorized under the Coast Defense Act of 1948 and other previous legislation as well as authorizing the construction of two 13,000 ton heavy cruisers.

Wednesday, November 7th 2018, 5:59pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine Navy, Administrative Order of Battle, 31 December 1948

Northern Fleet – Headquarters Cavite, Luzon Cruiser Squadron One: Battlecruiser Mindanao, Armored Cruisers Bohol, Mindoro, Samal and Visayas Aircraft Carrier Squadron One: Sibuyan Cruiser Squadron Two: Tablas, Taput, Ticao and Tubbataha Cruiser Squadron Three: Basilan, Cebu, Luzon and Negros Cruiser-Destroyer Group Six: Light cruisers Dumarao and Dagupan, Destroyers Marinduque, Maricaban, Manalipa, Mantingue, Mahadi, Monteverde, Malapaso, and Maracano Cruier Destroyer Group Nine: Light cruisers ...

Tuesday, November 6th 2018, 3:53pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, 1948

Manila, The Malacañan Palace, Friday, 10 December 1948 Soriano, De la Vega, and Magsaysay met to lay their cards on the table. By dint of argument Soriano had marshalled at least a temporary majority of the Senate behind Magsaysay’s idea for a pair of heavy cruisers; the hurdle was winning over De la Vega and through him the Council. “Don Joaquin, surely you are aware of the strains the economy labors under. A single prestige ship, that will burden us for years, cannot be undertaken at this time...

Monday, November 5th 2018, 4:36pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

The Prorer Wiek, Sunday, 5 December 1948 Captain Khrenov stood on the bridge of the Wittelsbach and watched with interest the transport Frundsberg as she began to lower her landing craft. He could see the landing troops congregating on deck preparatory to clambering down the cargo nets that stretched from the deck to the spots designated by bold numbers on the Frundsberg’s side, to which the boats in the water made their way slowly. As predicted, the weather made matters difficult – a strong cho...

Monday, November 5th 2018, 2:43pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Blackwell’s, Broad Street, Oxford, Friday, 10 December 1948 Alexander Mach had come to the Mecca for all bibliophiles to scour the stacks of books offered for sale. After his stay in Cambridge he had journeyed to Oxford by train, and begun his dutiful task of cataloguing the sights of the town. He would, if circumstances permitted, visit the University and write up his impressions of the venerable institution; if not, he hoped to find in Blackwell’s some older travel guides he could use to fill ...

Friday, November 2nd 2018, 10:46pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Disposition of the Kriegsmarine, December 1948

Flottenkommando Atlantik Einsatzverband 58 Einzatzgruppe 58.1 Aircraft Carriers: Gneisenau, Scharnhorst, Friedrich der Große, and Großer Kurfürst Battlecruisers: Blucher and Derfflinger Light Cruisers: Lübeck, Magdeburg, Rostock, and Stralsund Air Defence Cruisers: Aspern and Zenta Air Defence Destroyers: Wiesbaden, Kolberg, Berlin, and Hamburg Destroyers: Bamberg, Bochum, Detmold, Laboe, Passau, Siegen, Vegesack, and Worms; Gottingen, Koblenz, Lindau, Paderborn, Schleswig, Tubingen, Welheim and...

Friday, November 2nd 2018, 12:24pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Administrative Organisation - Flotilla Craft - Destroyers

In the latter portion of 1948 the flotilla craft of the Kriegsmarine underwent an administrative reorganisation. The vessels then in commission were organised as follows. Note: Zerstörergeschwader 31, Zerstörergeschwader 32, and Zerstörergeschwader 33 were formerly designated flotillas of the reserve.

Wednesday, October 31st 2018, 9:34pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, 1948

Manila, The Malacañan Palace, Wednesday, 8 December 1948 Ramon Magsaysay, special assistant to Minister of Defense De La Vega, waited in his office, located in a quiet corner of the palace. He had left instruction that his visitor was to be brought directly there, for officially there was no meeting. Matters in the Senate had reached an impasse, one that Magsaysay hoped could be resolved. A knock on his door announced the arrival of his visitor, and Magsaysay rose. “Don Andreas, thank you for co...

Wednesday, October 31st 2018, 2:46am

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav Designs for 1949

A small, inshore sort of minesweeper. Project 1949 Theta, Yugoslav Minesweeper laid down 1949 Displacement: 450 t light; 466 t standard; 524 t normal; 571 t full load Dimensions: Length overall / water x beam x draught 184.40 ft / 180.45 ft x 29.53 ft x 8.20 ft (normal load) [56.21 m / 55.00 m x 9.00 m x 2.50 m] Armament: 4 - 2.24" / 57.0 mm guns (2x2 guns), 5.65lbs / 2.56kg shells, 1949 Model Anti-aircraft guns in deck mounts with hoists on centerline ends, evenly spread 4 - 0.79" / 20.0 mm gun...

Tuesday, October 30th 2018, 11:39pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1948

Iquitos, 8 December 1948 Felix Wankel walked down the steps to the apron where the Aeroperu Douglas DC-3 had finally come to rest; he was followed by the rest of his team of German engineers and Peruvian technicians. They had come to do the preliminary work on the modular dry dock that Wankel has designed. The first of its components was already on its way upriver and was expected to arrive by Christmas. The tasks ahead of Wankel’s team were many – sink pilings that would anchor the modular comp...

Tuesday, October 30th 2018, 3:54pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Survey Ship Meteor, Off Ushant, Tuesday, 7 December 1948 The off duty crew of the Meteor had the opportunity to watch the ‘dance of the patrol aircraft’. Several hours before they had been picked up and shadowed by a Sunderland flying boat of the British air force, which had kept them under surveillance. This, of course, was to be expected. What was not expected was the appearance of a twin-engine Dornier bearing the livery of the French Aeronavale, that kept the both the Meteor and the Sunderla...

Tuesday, October 30th 2018, 12:17am

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Marinestützpunkt Kiel, Wednesday, 1 December 1948 Captain First Rank Konstantin Konstantinovich Khrenov, naval attaché of the Russian Federation, arrived from Berlin on the early morning train. His hosts had invited him to observe planned amphibious exercises off the island of Rugen. Casting an eye over the inner harbour Khrenov noted a number of vessels he had not noted in previous visits – a squadron of fleet destroyers of the Z250-class – ships as far as he was aware ought to be with the Krie...

Monday, October 29th 2018, 11:38am

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav Designs for 1949

Quoted from "Hood" Quite a heavy torpedo armament for an ASW escort, though probably quite useful in the constricted waters of the Adriatic. Are they turntables on centreline or sided or fixed? I envision them as a pair of side mounts, more for launching antisubmarine torpedoes, in the French mode.

Monday, October 29th 2018, 2:54am

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav Designs for 1949

A more modern escort, optimized for ASW. Project 1949 Beta, Yugoslav Frigate laid down 1949 Displacement: 1,460 t light; 1,560 t standard; 1,739 t normal; 1,882 t full load Dimensions: Length overall / water x beam x draught 355.53 ft / 344.49 ft x 39.37 ft x 10.83 ft (normal load) [108.37 m / 105.00 m x 12.00 m x 3.30 m] Armament: 4 - 4.72" / 120 mm guns (2x2 guns), 52.72lbs / 23.91kg shells, 1949 Model Dual purpose guns in deck mounts with hoists on centerline ends, evenly spread 2 - 2.24" / 5...

Sunday, October 28th 2018, 1:37am

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events, 1948

Novosti News Service, Bar, Monday, 6 December 1948 Yesterday saw special ceremonies to mark the launching of the latest two vessels intended for the Royal Yugoslav Navy – Landing Ship G and Landing Ship H. Both vessels are of the Project 1948 Gamma type. They are slated for completion in February of next year.

Saturday, October 27th 2018, 9:25pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, 1948

Manila, The Senate Chambers, Monday, 6 December 1948 The acrimonious debate had consumed the morning’s session, a Don Andreas Soriano wondered how he might steer the proposed fleet law through the shoals of the several factions to a successful conclusion. The principal question before the house was the inclusion of a battlecruiser in the next year’s estimates; a vocal minority of senators backed the idea, which had been brought forward by the Ministry of Defense, while an equally vocal minority ...