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Yesterday, 7:32pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Tallinn, Estonia, 2 March 1949 The Kriegsmarine training ship Roon lay at anchor in Tallinn harbour, her officers and crew mustered expectantly at their stations. Fresh from her builders’ trials the Roon had arrived in the Russian port that morning, a first stop in a cruise scheduled as part of her operational training. Approaching her was a launch bearing a small delegation of Russian officers who had been invited aboard to examine the ship as part of the growing cooperation between Germany and...

Yesterday, 5:53pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events, March 1949

The White Palace, Thursday, 3 March 1949 The liveried footman led the Prime Minister to the King’s private office, opened the doors, and announced him. King Petar rose to greet him. “Sit down old friend.” Petar noticed that Karasec moved slowly, and his hair was greyer than he recalled. “Your request indicated a matter of importance and discretion.” Karasec appreciated the king’s invitation. “Thank you Your Majesty.” He paused to collect his thoughts before continuing. “It has been my privilege ...

Thursday, April 18th 2019, 2:33am

Author: BruceDuncan

Philipping News and Events, March 1949

The Mindanao Examiner, Tuesday, 1 March 1949 The Ministry of Defense has announced the formation of the Army’s Third Civic Action Group, which will be deployed to support development efforts in Bukidnon, Lanao, and Misamis. The Manila Herald, Wednesday, 3 March 1949 The escort destroyers Roxas and Rosario were completed today at the Butuan naval shipyard. The ships will commence builders’ trials and followed by operational training and work-up with the Central Fleet.

Wednesday, April 17th 2019, 6:17pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Beijing Newspaper Q4/1948 - Chinese news and events - October / November / December

Quoted from "Brockpaine" Quoted from "BruceDuncan" Parador scripset: Quoted Friday 12. November early morning - Research Vessel Xue Long - 78dgs east 12dgs south The machine telegraph shows "STOP" and the captain tried to detect something with his binoculars. But in front of his ship, a dense fog wall spread, which could not be penetrated either by eyes nor by the ships radar. In a short conference, both the crew and the scientists on board discussed what was likely the reason of the sudden app...

Wednesday, April 17th 2019, 3:24pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Beijing Newspaper Q4/1948 - Chinese news and events - October / November / December

Parador scripset: Quoted Friday 12. November early morning - Research Vessel Xue Long - 78dgs east 12dgs south The machine telegraph shows "STOP" and the captain tried to detect something with his binoculars. But in front of his ship, a dense fog wall spread, which could not be penetrated either by eyes nor by the ships radar. In a short conference, both the crew and the scientists on board discussed what was likely the reason of the sudden appearance of the fog. I am really interested in this.....

Wednesday, April 17th 2019, 3:43am

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, March 1949

The Peruvian Times (Lima), 2 March 1949 Two additional small transports, the Bambas and the Matagaga, were laid down yesterday at the Mollendo-Matarani shipyard of the Servicios Industriales de la Marina. These small vessels are expected to be completed before the end of this year. Two similar vessels, the Corongo and the Parcartambo, are in an advanced stage of construction at the same yard, and are expected to be completed by July. These vessels are a cornerstone of the Peruvian Navy’s focus o...

Tuesday, April 16th 2019, 9:43pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, March 1949

Hamburg, The Waterfront, Tuesday, 1 March 1949 “Fido”, along with a modicum of Hamburg’s other denizens of the waterfront, watched the pair of destroyers being warped into the Deschimag yard. Here and there pieces of the protective cocooning remained in place, evidence that the ships had until recently been in lay-up. The nearer of the pair bore the number “239” painted on her bow; the further ship had her bow obscured by a tug. He wished he could have taken a picture, for his handlers would hav...

Monday, April 15th 2019, 10:21pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Marinestützpunkt Pillau, Monday, 28 February 1949 Captain First Rank Kozyukhin had shepherded the ships of Zerstörergeschwader 32 with the Thirteenth Destroyer Flotilla from Warnemünde across the Gulf of Danzig to their temporary station at Pillau. Thankfully, he found that the changes Admiral Glaser had made to its commander staff seemed to have had their proper effect. As he himself suspected, replacing reservist officers with younger men would allow ability to rise to the top as it were; inst...

Friday, April 12th 2019, 8:57pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Personal Defence Weapon Trials

Report of Trials conducted by the Army Ordnance Office for selection of a Personal Defence Weapon for Heer Personnel The need for a personal defence weapon for Heer personnel was first identified in 1942 and brought to the fore with the decision to replace the Karabiner 37 in its present second-line use and concomitant abandonment of the 7mm cartridge. The sidearms presently in service, the Pistole 08 and the Pistole 36 are deemed to lack the firepower to offer a reasonable measure of self-defen...

Friday, April 12th 2019, 1:48pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events 1949

Aerosvet, Monday, 28 February 1949 Recently returned from its sales tour in neighbouring countries the Ikarus IK-7 Pegaz demonstration aircraft will depart for the Far East early next month. Chinese authorities have expressed interest in evaluating the aircraft to meet that nation’s growing air transport needs. En route the aircraft will visit Syria, and it is expected that demonstrations will be arranged in other nations.

Thursday, April 11th 2019, 11:34pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Administrative Order of Battle of the Philippine Army – December 1948

Administrative Order of Battle of the Philippine Army – December 1948 I Corps – HQ, Fort Natividad (Tarlac) Second Infantry Division (Fort Gregorio, Baguio) Sixth Infantry Division (Fort Natividad, Tarlac) Ninth Infantry Division (Camp Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija) 2nd Mechanized Brigade (Fort Natividad, Tarlac) 3rd Mechanized Brigade (Fort Gregorio, Baguio) First Armored Regiment (Camp San Felipe, Pangasinan) Second Armored Regiment (Camp Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija) Corps Assets First Parachute Regiment ...

Thursday, April 11th 2019, 11:31pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Administrative Order of Battle of the Philippine Army – December 1944

Administrative Order of Battle of the Philippine Army – December 1944 I Corps – HQ, Fort Natividad (Tarlac) Second Infantry Division (Fort Gregorio, Baguio) Sixth Infantry Division (Fort Natividad, Tarlac) 2nd Mechanized Brigade (Fort Natividad, Tarlac) 3rd Mechanized Brigade (Fort Gregorio, Baguio) First Armored Regiment (Camp San Felipe, Pangasinan) Second Armored Regiment (Camp Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija) Corps Assets 30th Field Artillery Regiment (12 x 150mm M1934 howitzer, 12 x 150mm M1934 gun...

Thursday, April 11th 2019, 12:59pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Chinese Naval Developments – Q3/1948

I note that you indicate 2,500 tons used in transactions, but in the "Transactions" portion of the report zero tons are reported. Something seems to be missing.

Thursday, April 11th 2019, 1:30am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Berlin, H.M. Passport Control Office, Sunday, 27 February 1949 Tanner read the cable from “the Circus” with mix of elation and resignation. London had latched on to his last report regarding semi-secret oil stockpiles in southern Germany and had sent an all-stations request for all available information regarding German oil and other commodity stockpiles. That his masters had finally taken heed of his warnings about possible German malevolence was satisfying, but did they not realise that one co...

Wednesday, April 10th 2019, 2:29pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Coast Defenses of the Philippines, December 1948

The coast defenses of the Philippine Islands are manned by Army personnel unless otherwise noted. Harbor Defenses of Manila Bay Fort Evangelista, Corregidor Island Battery Tinio - Two Skoda 305mm/55 Model 1925 guns in one twin turret Battery Trias – Two Skoda 305mm/55 Model 1925 guns in one twin turret Other Fixed Guns Four 7-inch guns in reinforced concrete casemates Sixteen Skoda-Davao 152mm/53 Model 1926 guns in reinforced concrete casemates Four 76mm guns in fixed high-angle mounts Eight 40m...

Tuesday, April 9th 2019, 5:28pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Survey Ship Komet, The Bismarck Sea, North of New Ireland, Friday, 25 February 1949 The Komet had spent the last week investigating the convoluted features of the sea floor at the eastern edge of what was known as the Manus Trench. Here a line of fissures that pointed towards the Caroline Islands bifurcated and ran to join the underwater ridge that marked the trench as it turned south-eastward towards the island of Bougainville. “Herr Kapitän! Air contact report. Single aircraft approaching from...