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Thursday, December 13th 2018, 4:19am

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events, 1948

Zagreb, Friday, 24 December 1948 The Baranovs found this cosmopolitan city a highlight of the visit; that they were there to witness the city’s Christmas celebrations certainly helped confirm the good impression it made on them. The Christmas market was in full swing, and all the Baranovs found more than sufficient souvenirs to fill their luggage. The bustle of the city – a centre of finance and industry – also created a favourable impression. With its long connections with the Hapsburgs, and th...

Tuesday, December 11th 2018, 10:09pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1948

The Peruvian Times (Lima), 24 December 1948 Minister of Defense Zenon Noriega Aquero and Minister of Health and Social Services Alberto Hurtado Abadía today issues a joint communique outlining a plan to expand the availability of social and health services to the residents of the interior of the country. Supplementing the work of the Military Rural Settlement Units the Peruvian Navy will now construct a class of riverine craft intended to address the need for medical, educational, and rural deve...

Tuesday, December 11th 2018, 8:46pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

London, The German Embassy, Tuesday, 28 December 1948 The growing pile of newspapers alongside his desk announced Schellenburg’s continued monitoring of the matter of the collier Phoebe Ann. The British authorities, prodded by demands from the shipping interest had committed substantial assets to minesweeping activities in coastal waters, and salvage operation aimed at determining the exact cause of the loss were underway. Officially, the Admiralty had admitted the possibility that a Great War v...

Monday, December 10th 2018, 1:20am

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events, 1948

Sarajevo, Wednesday, 22 December 1948 Her parents were appalled when Xenia first suggested that they visit the city of Sarajevo – the city was so linked with the tragedies of the Great War that the Baranovs were against it – but the spirit of their daughter prevailed and overcame their misgivings. “Petar has told me of the many challenges he faces in ruling over a kingdom of so many disparate elements, but that Sarajevo is the best place to see those challenges play out, and how citizens of Yugo...

Saturday, December 8th 2018, 1:00am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Light Cruiser Novara, Off Phuket Island, Thailand, Saturday, 25 December 1948 Rogge had led his squadron across the Indian Ocean and the Andaman Sea without incident, and had decided to avail himself of the anchorage in friendly Thailand before heading into the more constricted waters of the East Indies. His ships had arrived the day before, and he expected that he would remain here for a few days at least. There were opportunities for shore leave for the crew – always welcome at Christmas – and...

Friday, December 7th 2018, 12:36am

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Marinestützpunkt Warnemünde, Saturday, 25 December 1948 Konteradmiral Maximilian Glaser had called his staff to arms, despite the Christmas festivities and understandable desire to spend the holiday weekend with family and friends. “Gentlemen, as you may be aware the Admiralstab has announced the reactivation of Zerstörergeschwader 31, Zerstörergeschwader 32, and Zerstörergeschwader 33. Within a few days the first ships will be stripped of their cocoons and begin refitting for active service. Th...

Wednesday, December 5th 2018, 5:37pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events, 1948

Outside Belgrade, “The Little House”, Sunday, 19 December 1948 Queen Maria Karadoredevic, widow of King Aleksandr and mother of King Petar, had received her dacha some years before as a gift from her husband, as an informal retreat. There, with but a small staff she could find relief from the political squabbles that so often consumed Aleksandr’s time and energy, and to indulge her own interests – painting and sculpting. It also provided a most convenient venue for the Baranovs to judge for them...

Sunday, December 2nd 2018, 2:26am

Author: BruceDuncan

Kriegsmarine Design Plans - 1949

Höllpass, German Vehicle Landing Ship laid down 1949 Displacement: 2,280 t light; 2,346 t standard; 2,514 t normal; 2,648 t full load Dimensions: Length overall / water x beam x draught 365.79 ft / 360.89 ft x 52.49 ft x 7.38 ft (normal load) [111.49 m / 110.00 m x 16.00 m x 2.25 m] Armament: 4 - 2.17" / 55.0 mm guns (2x2 guns), 5.08lbs / 2.30kg shells, 1949 Model Anti-aircraft guns in deck mounts on centerline ends, evenly spread 8 - 0.79" / 20.0 mm guns (4x2 guns), 0.24lbs / 0.11kg shells, 194...

Sunday, December 2nd 2018, 12:51am

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events, 1948

Belgrade, The Hotel Moderne, Saturday, 18 December 1948 Baranov was pleased that Čejvan had proven to be a man of his word. Their arrival at the hotel on Thursday evening had not attracted the attention of the press; indeed, the Hotel Moderne, while living up to its name, lacked a prestigious entry in the Michelin Guide; it was solid, respectable, and middle-class – as Baranov had insisted before agreeing to the trip. He also appreciated that he and his wife and daughter had been allow most of F...

Friday, November 30th 2018, 8:00pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

London, The German Embassy, Wednesday, 22 December 1948 Walter Schellenburg had carefully followed press reports relating to the loss of the coastal collier Phoebe Ann, which suggested that she had been mined. In Schellenburg’s estimation, the suggestion that a sea mine of Great War vintage had survived more than thirty years to suddenly emerge and sink a merchant vessel was highly improbable. Nevertheless he had queried Berlin to confirm whether any Kriegsmarine activity could account for the i...

Thursday, November 29th 2018, 5:09pm

Author: BruceDuncan

British Empire News 1948

Major Schellenburg follows the press reports carefully and keeps Berlin informed of any verifiable facts.

Thursday, November 29th 2018, 2:54pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Kriegsmarine Design Plans - 1949

Kampenwerder, German Assault Landing Ship laid down 1949 Displacement: 540 t light; 557 t standard; 585 t normal; 608 t full load Dimensions: Length overall / water x beam x draught 232.45 ft / 229.66 ft x 27.07 ft x 5.74 ft (normal load) [70.85 m / 70.00 m x 8.25 m x 1.75 m] Armament: 4 - 1.46" / 37.0 mm guns (2x2 guns), 1.55lbs / 0.70kg shells, 1949 Model Anti-aircraft guns in deck mounts on centerline ends, evenly spread 4 - 0.79" / 20.0 mm guns (2x2 guns), 0.24lbs / 0.11kg shells, 1949 Model...

Thursday, November 29th 2018, 1:42am

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events, 1948

The Yugoslav Frontier, Thursday, 16 December 1948 The train sat on a siding just inside the Yugoslav border while the customs officials did their work of checking the papers of passengers, and the railway officials theirs of replenishing the water and the coal that the locomotive had consumed on its journey from Belgrade. Beyond the windows of the carriage snowflake fell on the flat fields of the Vojvodina. Xenia peered out the window, trying to form an impression of Yugoslavia. “Papa, I thought...

Tuesday, November 27th 2018, 3:48pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Marinestützpunkt Kiel, Wednesday, 22 December 1948 The process of forming the recalled reservists into nucleus ships companies was underway when the first recruits – fresh from their basic training – arrived. So many were parcelled out to each of the ships companies, filling less-important billets under the watchful eyes of experienced petty officers. It would take time for them to meld. What surprised the new crews was the amount of time they spent in the classroom; particularly the reservists....

Monday, November 26th 2018, 1:51am

Author: BruceDuncan

British Empire News 1948

Most distressing, and most mysterious... surely not a leftover mine from the Great War? What does this portend?

Saturday, November 24th 2018, 3:14am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Hamburg, The Waterfront, Sunday, 19 December 1948 “Fido” was a wharf-rat, one of the many non-descript men who did odd jobs for the stevedoring and shipping companies that kept goods moving through the port of Hamburg. “Fido” was, of course, not his real name, but the one by which his employer tracked the information he provided and the payments made in exchange for it. “Fido” was a ‘sweeper’, a low-level agent who kept British intelligence informed of things of interest in Hamburg. Today he not...

Friday, November 23rd 2018, 6:43pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Pascomayo class Logistics Support Vessel

Pascamayo, Peruvian Logistics Support Vessel; laid down 1949 Displacement: 1,760 t light; 1,820 t standard; 1,910 t normal; 1,982 t full load Dimensions: Length overall / water x beam x draught 332.98 ft / 328.08 ft x 49.21 ft x 6.56 ft (normal load) [101.49 m / 100.00 m x 15.00 m x 2.00 m] Armament: 8 - 1.46" / 37.0 mm guns (2x4 guns), 1.55lbs / 0.70kg shells, 1949 Model Anti-aircraft guns in deck mounts on centerline ends, evenly spread 8 - 0.79" / 20.0 mm guns (4x2 guns), 0.24lbs / 0.11kg she...

Thursday, November 22nd 2018, 11:45pm

Author: BruceDuncan

New Peruvian Ship Concept

Submitted for your review is my take on the Plataforma Itinerante de Acción Social; suggestions on how to outfit the craft are quite welcome. Pucalipa, Peruvian Plataforma Itinerante de Acción Social laid down 1949 Displacement: 195 t light; 199 t standard; 205 t normal; 210 t full load Dimensions: Length overall / water x beam x draught 45.66 ft / 144.36 ft x 22.97 ft x 3.94 ft (normal load) [44.40 m / 44.00 m x 7.00 m x 1.20 m] Machinery: Diesel Internal combustion motors, Geared drive, 2 shaf...

Thursday, November 22nd 2018, 12:42pm

Author: BruceDuncan

New Peruvian Ship Concept

Thank you so very much for this information. I will try to work up a WW version and she what Springsharp can deliver.

Thursday, November 22nd 2018, 12:41pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Ships on market

Quoted from "Hood" A couple of years ago Argentina might have gone for these, but I'm maxed out with destroyers now. If only our Mexican scrap dealers were still in operation! Yes. I wish Foxy were still with us; he kept us hopping.