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Friday, May 17th 2019, 7:26pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events 1949

The Manila Times, Wednesday, 23 March 1949 The Philippine Aircraft Development Company’s Model 900 “Papan” light utility transport made its first flights yesterday, accumulating more than three hours’ flying time and demonstrating excellent short-field capability and safety. Following further tests it is expected that the prototype will be lent to Philippine Air Lines, who has already placed an order for ten production machines, the first of which is scheduled for delivery in December of this ye...

Thursday, May 16th 2019, 12:57am

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events 1949

Belgrade, Yugoslavia, Sunday, 20 March 1949 Magundayao wondered why the mission had bothered to visit Yugoslavia, despite the Yugoslav’s avid interest in selling hardware to his nation. All things considered, there was little available here that the Philippines needed, or could not acquire elsewhere at lower cost, or, as important, delivered far sooner. The Yugoslav’s M48 ‘Kurjak’ medium tank was interesting from a performance perspective, but it had only just entered production; relatively few ...

Wednesday, May 15th 2019, 8:33pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Die Welt Am Sonntag, Sunday 20 March 1949 Germany’s economic growth continues to manifest itself at home and abroad. In Sierra Leone, a member of the Iberian Federation, the Deutsch-Westafrikanische Handelsgesellschaft continues to invest in rubber plantations (top left) from which the Reich draws much of its supply of this essential resource. The Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung in May 1940 made recommendations to the Turkish Government for the establishment of a domestic automotive industry i...

Tuesday, May 14th 2019, 6:20pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events 1949

Lagny-sur-Marne, France, Monday, 21 March 1949 Xenia lay in her bedroom, filled with a mix of anxiety and anticipation; he wedding day was barely more than a month away, and while her preparations were going as well as they might, the necessity of meeting with members her family seemed suffocating. Her aunt Tatiana and uncle Dimitri had come last week, and her uncle Alexei was expected tomorrow. A knock on the door broke her reverie and her mother entered. “Xenia, the postman has come. You have ...

Tuesday, May 14th 2019, 3:08pm

Author: BruceDuncan

MP3 Personal Defence Weapon

Developed as a commercial product by the Czech firm of Československá Zbrojovka, the MP3 was adopted by the Heer in March 1949 to meet its requirement for an updated sidearm for vehicle crews. The first examples were delivered by the original manufacturer but subsequently the MP3 was manufactured under license in Germany. Technical Data Weight – 1.44 kg Length – 270 mm (stock folded), 517 mm (stock extended) Barrel length – 115 mm Cartridge - 9mm Parabellum Action - Blowback Rate of fire – 500 r...

Tuesday, May 14th 2019, 1:57am

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

The Prorer Wiek, Saturday, 16 March 1949 The latest of the Kriegsmarine’s amphibious exercises was in full progress, and though present, the escorting destroyers were not called upon for simulated naval gunfire support. The purpose of the exercise was to demonstrate the ability of the Kriegsmarine and its Russian allies to operate together in effecting a landing – even if unopposed, such operations were not to be taken for granted. Aboard the landing ship Wettin a number of senior officers had t...

Monday, May 13th 2019, 9:04pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events 1949

Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, 17 March 1949 The members of the Philippine Technical Mission had reassembled and has spent the previous day comparing notes. Those who had the opportunity to visit Great Britain spoke highly of the light armored vehicles – the Mission’s chief interest – they had been shown – the Ferret scout car, the Saracen troop carrier, and the Saladin armored car; alas, the last named were still in prototype form and would not be available in quantity for many months. Those who...

Sunday, May 12th 2019, 10:05pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

London, The German Embassy, Thursday, 17 March 1949 Schlellenburg read the day’s Times with mixed feelings. John Belcher MP, had been appointed to the post of Crown Steward and Bailiff of the Manor of Northstead – effectively covering his resignation from Parliament. Following the death of Beaumont and Adams, as well as the resignation of House earlier in the year, is seemed to be a questionable time to be a Labour MP. It also represented a short-circuiting of his plan to rattle the dice on the ...

Saturday, May 11th 2019, 12:23am

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1949

Pucallpa, Ucayali, 28 March 1949 To his unexpected though pleasant surprise Gordon Magne found that his naval counterpart, Ensign Luis Octavio Zuta Rengifo, had kept his promise. The Pucalipa, the ‘ship’ he and Zuta were to operate on the Ucayali, was indeed nearly finished. Moreover, Lima had shipped out a nearly full complement of crew and specialists – the last were due on today’s airplane from Cuzco. They were a varied lot – most of the engine and deck crew were naval ratings from across the...

Friday, May 10th 2019, 7:38pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events 1949

The Mindanao Examiner, Monday, 14 March 1949 The freighter Dona Mercedes departed the port of Bataraza on Palawan yesterday with the first load of nickel ore from the recently opened Rio Tuba Nickel Mine. She is bound for Butuan, where a processing facility will prepare the ore for shipment overseas. The output if the Rio Tuba mine is considered particularly valuable, with a nickel content in excess of fifty percent with significant amounts of cobalt. Several other mining projects on Palawan are...

Friday, May 10th 2019, 5:58pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Preliminary Profile - Dornier Do35 Amphibian Flying Boat

The Do.35 was first mooted as a successor to the earlier Do.25 general purpose amphibian in 1942 though it was not accorded significant priority by the Dornier firm. Serious work commenced late in 1946 and a prototype was first flown in late 1948. The first aircraft were delivered to the Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Rettung Schiffbrüchiger, Germany’s civil maritime search and rescue service, in March 1949. Technical Description Gull-wing monoplane. Centre-section and detachable outer sections. Meta...

Thursday, May 9th 2019, 9:41pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Marinestützpunkt Warnemünde, Thursday, 17 March 1949 The Stepan Novikov rode easily at anchor alongside the German landing ship Wettin several hundred metres seaward of the Westmole. Both sat heavy in the water, their holds packed with the vehicles and heavy equipment of Marine-Panzerabteilung 201 and other elements of Marine-Schützen Brigade 3. Captain First Rank Dybenko swung his glasses shoreward where he saw the German tank lighters Barbe, Brasse, Karpfen, and Muräne lay beached on the stran...

Thursday, May 9th 2019, 4:09am

Author: BruceDuncan

Ölhandel-und Transportgesellschaft AG

This concern was founded in 1938 and headquartered in the city of Linz. Its principal business is river transport in the Danube basin; with the completion if the Rhein-Main-Danube Canal is has expanded its activities further afield. It operates a fleet of river tankers, river freighters, tugs, and river barges for dry and liquid cargos, with the latter predominating. Its principal purpose is to serve the growing mineral oil industry of the Austrian provinces. Ownership of the concern is shared w...

Thursday, May 9th 2019, 1:12am

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events 1949

Damascus, The Yugoslav Embassy, Friday, 18 March 1949 Bobetko read the cable again, pondering its implications. His request for reassignment had been approved and he was to return immediately to Belgrade for meet his successor and brief him on the current situation in Syria. Thus far so good. What was unsettling was his new assignment – to be military attaché in Beijing, the capital of China. His experience in Syria left him with a distaste for flogging the products of Yugoslav industry to natio...

Wednesday, May 8th 2019, 10:05pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Survey Ship Komet, The South Pacific Ocean, Monday, 14 March 1949 The Komet had pursued her hydrographic survey northward, following the lines of a previously uncharted ocean trench. Watched at a respectful distance by Australian sloops she had ignored her ‘escorts’ and continued on her research mission, though as it went on the number of Australian vessels had decreased – at one point there had been three, but now only a single vessel trailed the Komet. Lehmann-Willenbrock checked the chart aga...

Monday, May 6th 2019, 8:25pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1949

Diario Oficial El Peruano (Lima), 27 March 1949 The destroyer tender Carrasco was launched today in the Servicios Industriales de la Marina at Callao. The Carrasco is expected to be completed in the latter part of September.

Sunday, May 5th 2019, 1:15am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Ada Kaleh, Sunday, 13 March 1949 Commander John Strangways had arrived on the morning steamer which was the island’s principal means of communication with the outside world. Ada Kaleh sat squarely in the middle of the Danube, one-time guardian of the Iron Gates, contested by Hapsburgs and Ottomans for centuries, by Romanians and Yugoslavs for decades. Its small population subsisted on fishing and prospered by smuggling. Strangways had come there to persuade an old contact to obtain some of the i...

Saturday, May 4th 2019, 8:03pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events 1949

Liege, Belgium, Friday, 11 March 1949 Colonel Francisco Magundayao of the Philippine Army sat at the desk of his hotel in the ‘arms capital’ of Europe. The Technical Mission of which he was chief had been quite busy since their arrival in France nearly two weeks previously; after touring several of the principal French defense establishments several members of the mission had moved on to Britain, and others to the Netherlands, while he and the remainder of the mission had toured the Fabrique Nat...