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Yesterday, 1:43am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

The Port of Stettin, Friday, 7 January 1949 Von Hauser had his orders which he followed despite misgivings. He was personally accompanying the company of his regiment tapped to practice loading its vehicles on a chartered merchantman. “How long will it take to get a crane to lift one of my tanks from the dock into the hold of a freighter? Half-an-hour? An hour? And how many cranes might they have on the dock to handle it? Two perhaps?” The local police cleared the way ahead as his column snaked ...

Monday, January 14th 2019, 12:50am

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1949

Diario Oficial El Peruano (Lima), 5 January 1949 The aircraft carrier Lima was handed over to representatives of the Argentine Navy today at the Callao naval base. A nucleus crew will sail her to Bahia Blanca were she is expected to be formally commissioned into Argentine service.

Sunday, January 13th 2019, 12:49am

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Marinestützpunkt Warnemünde, Tuesday, 4 January 1949 Gennady Alexandrov, together with his fellow officers – a mix of Germans and Russians – had been working flat out teaching successive groups of Kriegsmarine officers and ratings. He had been told that these men would need to learn Russian – but in practice the training sessions had come to focus on the technical jargon used in common between the Federation Navy and its German counterpart – and that was enough. For the first time in days he had...

Saturday, January 12th 2019, 1:12am

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events 1949

Outside Belgrade, “The Little House”, Friday, 7 January 1949 The Baranovs has spent a week and more visiting the cities and the countryside of Yugoslavia under the watchful eye of their guide, Adem Čejvan, King Petar’s equerry. Each in their own way had found the contrasts charming, challenging, and informative. Xenia seemed enthralled by the customs of various people united under the leadership of ‘her’ Petar; her mother and father recognised how far the country had come in its march towards mo...

Wednesday, January 9th 2019, 5:34pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Fliegerhorst Stettin, Tuesday, 4 January 1949 The troops of the Heer’s First Armoured Cavalry Regiment had first bivouacked on the under-utilised Luftwaffe airfield two days ago – and von Hauser had done his best to make his men as comfortable as possible – but living under canvas in winter was not something one wanted to do. Then, of course, in any army, you rarely get the opportunity to do what you want. Their temporary quarters, albeit limited in creature comfort, were conveniently located ne...

Monday, January 7th 2019, 1:15am

Author: BruceDuncan

Petroleum War Reserves, December 1948

War Reserve Petroleum Stocks of the Deutsches Heer December 1948 In March 1940 the Deutsches Heer was authorised to establish an organic war reserve of petroleum products separate and distinct from the national petroleum reserve administered by the Strategische Material Reserve-Verwaltung but organised and operated in concert with that organisation. By the close of the year the Heer had established four main fuel depots (Zentralhauptlager) and had requested funding for additional storage depots ...

Monday, January 7th 2019, 12:56am

Author: BruceDuncan

Strategic Materials Reserve Stockpiles December 1948

The Strategische Material Reserve-Verwaltung (Strategic Materials Reserve Administration), at the direction of the Ministry of Economics, maintains a system of depots for the stockpiling of petroleum and other strategic materials to be drawn upon in time of national emergency or disruption of the normal patterns of commerce in event of war. At the present time there are fourteen (14) depots for the storage of oil and petroleum products, five (5) for the storage of industrial commodities and six ...

Thursday, January 3rd 2019, 7:40pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Delivery Status Report, 31 March 1949

Delivery Status Report, 31 March 1949 Domestic Ground Ordnance Production M43 Service Rifle -:- 39,000 M47 GP Machinegun -:- 1,800 M39 Aircraft Machinegun -:- 150 M37 Tank Machinegun -:- 90 M47 Recoilless Gun -:- 600 M32 Hand Grenade -:- 240,000 Small Arms Ammunition -:- 21,000,000 Artillery Ammunition -:- 315,000 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 Tract...

Thursday, January 3rd 2019, 7:37pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events 1949

Belgrade, Dunavsko Brodgradiliste, Saturday, 1 January 1949 His Highness Prince Andrew stood at the edge of the dry dock over which clambered workmen making ready to lay the keel of Royal Yugoslav Navy’s latest river vessel. The biting cold wind that blew across the freezing Danube cut to the soul. He was not in a happy mood. “It is time you take up public duties they said. Then why am I here? Tomislav is busy in Bar, overseeing the start of real warships. What do I get to do? Lend royal approva...

Thursday, January 3rd 2019, 12:53am

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events 1949

Butuan Naval Shipyard, Mindanao, 1 January 1949 Commander Trevor Stevens, American naval attaché in the Philippines, considered his good fortune. Thanks to the influence of the Ambassador Stevens had been given the opportunity to tour the Butuan yard at witness the keel-laying of several of the Philippine Navy’s latest warships. From what he had learned the Numancia-class ocean escorts were well suited to the needs of that service. Relatively inexpensive to construct, there were touted as good a...

Wednesday, January 2nd 2019, 7:49pm

Author: BruceDuncan

State of Heer Small Arms and Future Developments

It is the stated intention of the Army Ordnance Office (Heereswaffenamt) to reduce the variation within the Heer’s small arms inventory as soon as possible. There are, at present, three different rifles (of three different calibres) in service, viz. The Karabiner 37 in 7mm, the Selbstlade Gewehr G5 in 7.92x57mm Mauser, and the Maschinenkarabiner G6 in the new 7.92x45mm Polte intermediate cartridge. It is planned to reduce the number of rifles in service to two, and to the maximum extent possible...

Tuesday, January 1st 2019, 8:49pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Marinestützpunkt Wilhelmshaven, Saturday, 1 January 1949 The workers attendant upon the naval shipyard griped at working on New Year’s Day, but at least their aggravation would be assuaged by the overtime and holiday bonuses that would appear in their next pay check. There was work a plenty in the yard. The fitting out basin held two small tankers while the keel for one of the new coastal escorts was taking shape in the yard’s small Nr.2 dry dock. But the work going on elsewhere was of interest ...

Saturday, December 29th 2018, 8:30pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Type 1949 Motor Torpedo Boat

Tonnage: 70 Dimensions: 25.4 x 6.24 x 1.24 meters Machinery: Four shafts, four marine diesel engines, each 1,200 bhp; 44 knots Radius: 1,000 nm at 14 knots, 600 nm at 33 knots Crew: 20 Armament: Four 533mm torpedoes, four 25mm autocannon in twin mounts Sensors: Type 103 ‘Nalca’ MTB 89 - MTB 97 -- Procured in the 1st Quarter of 1949

Saturday, December 29th 2018, 8:23pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Numancia class Ocean Escort

Numancia, Philippine Ocean Escort laid down 1949 Displacement: 1,390 t light; 1,476 t standard; 1,721 t normal; 1,917 t full load Dimensions: Length overall / water x beam x draught 355.53 ft / 344.49 ft x 39.37 ft x 10.50 ft (normal load) [108.37 m / 105.00 m x 12.00 m x 3.20 m] Armament: 4 - 4.53" / 115 mm guns (2x2 guns), 46.40lbs / 21.05kg shells, 1949 Model Dual purpose guns in deck mounts with hoists on centerline ends, evenly spread 8 - 1.38" / 35.0 mm guns (4x2 guns), 1.31lbs / 0.59kg sh...

Saturday, December 29th 2018, 7:50pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine Naval Construction, 1st Quarter, 1949

Philippine Naval Construction, 1st Quarter, 1949 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: 1,574 ...

Friday, December 28th 2018, 6:23pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Pucalipa class Social Services Vessel

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 shafts, 266 shp / 199 Kw = 12.00 kts Range 2,000nm at 8.00 kts Bunker at max displacement = 10 tons Complement: 26 - 35 Cost: £0.059 million / $0....

Friday, December 28th 2018, 6:20pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Chachapoya class River Monitor

Chachapoyas, Peruvian River Monitor laid down 1949 Displacement: 179 t light; 192 t standard; 200 t normal; 207 t full load Dimensions: Length overall / water x beam x draught 157.14 ft / 155.84 ft x 21.33 ft x 4.92 ft (normal load) [47.90 m / 47.50 m x 6.50 m x 1.50 m] Armament: 1 - 4.72" / 120 mm guns in single mounts, 52.72lbs / 23.91kg shells, 1949 Model Quick firing gun in deck mount on centerline forward 2 - 1.46" / 37.0 mm guns (1x2 guns), 1.55lbs / 0.70kg shells, 1949 Model Anti-aircraft...

Friday, December 28th 2018, 6:17pm

Author: BruceDuncan

P-1 class Submarine

(Historical data) Type P, Peruvian Submarine laid down 1931 P-1 laid down 1931 - Scrapped 1949 P-2 laid down 1931 - Scrapped 1949 P-3 laid down 1933 (sunk August 18 1937) P-4 laid down 1933 - Scrapped 1949 P-5 laid down 1940 - (accidently sunk) Displacement: 973 t light; 998 t standard; 1,081 t normal; 1,147 t full load Dimensions: Length overall / water x beam x draught 228.02 ft / 226.38 ft x 24.61 ft x 14.76 ft (normal load) 69.50 m / 69.00 m x 7.50 m x 4.50 m Armament: 1 - 4.13" / 105 mm gun...

Friday, December 28th 2018, 6:14pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Independencia Class Heavy Destroyers

(Historical Data) Independencia Class Heavy Destroyers First laid down at the end of 1934. Will take place of Destroyer Flotilla leaders and the niche of the 3500-5000 tons cruisers in this fleet. Independencia : laid down 1934 (Scrapped 3Q48) Union : laid down 1935 (Scrapped 3Q48) Confederacion (ex-Libertad) : laid down 1939 Republica : laid down 1940 Displacement: 2,851 t light; 2,979 t standard; 3,288 t normal; 3,536 t full load Dimensions: Length overall / water x beam x draught 483.15 ft / ...

Friday, December 28th 2018, 6:07pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Pacamayo class Logistics Support Vessel

Pacamayo, 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 shel...