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Yesterday, 5:44pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1949

Iquitos, Loreto, 11 April 1949 Joaquim Nabuco had only recently arrived in Iquitos from Manaus to serve as his country’s consul-general in the Tres Fronteras region, yet his first reports reflected the contrast between what he saw as the industry of the Peruvians and the lethargy of his own countrymen, to say nothing of the torpor of the Colombian authorities. The work of the semi-military Unidades Militar de Asentamiento Rural had seen villages planted, clinics constructed, health and education...

Yesterday, 2:50pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events 1949

Naval Operating Base Cavite, Tuesday, 5 April 1949 Kapitein-luitenant ter Zee Buis sat at his desk in the naval liaison’s office and read the week’s intelligence summary with a nagging sense of concern. There had been a noticeable uptick in the number of encounters between Philippine patrol vessels and Chinese fishing craft in the vicinity of the Kalayaan Islands. The incidents logged happened on the high seas, and there was nothing to indicate that the Chinese had entered Philippine waters, but...

Tuesday, June 18th 2019, 5:48pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events 1949

Budapester Zeitung, Thursday, 7 April 1949

Tuesday, June 18th 2019, 1:33am

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Marinestützpunkt Warnemünde, Wednesday, 6 April 1949 The comparative bulk of the aircraft carriers Westfalen and Pommern lay to the west of the harbour mole as Captain First Rank Pavel Kozyukhin rode in the gig that would return him to his flagship, the Pylkiy. The Kriegsmarine vessels had just been assigned to Admiral Glaser’s Lehrdivision, and were still in their initial phase of training. It would be some weeks before the ships would begin training manoeuvres with his 13th Destroyer Flotilla....

Monday, June 17th 2019, 11:05pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Armbrust and Kreuzbogen

Two new antitank weapons under development for the Heer. Armbrust – a man-portable light recoilless antitank weapon. Weight: 14.2 kg Length: 1,130 mm Crew: Two (gunner and loader) Caliber: 84 mm Rate of fire: 6 rounds per minute Muzzle velocity: 230–255 metres/second Effective firing range: 350 to 400 metres against moving vehicles, 500 metres against stationary vehicles, 1000 metres using smoke and high explosive rounds Feed system: Hinged breech Sights: Iron sights Kreuzbogen – a light, batta...

Monday, June 17th 2019, 7:57pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Survey Ship Komet, Davao, the Philippines, Thursday, 7 April 1949 The Komet had spent nearly two weeks in the port of Davao – her crew enjoying liberty in the friendly Philippine port while minor repairs and regular maintenance were carried out. Fresh provisions were loaded aboard in anticipation of the next leg of her voyage. Orders had been received and the Komet would depart on the morning’s tide for her home away from home in Indochina. Militär-Wochenblatt, Friday, 8 April 1949 Two new weapo...

Monday, June 17th 2019, 5:42pm

Author: BruceDuncan

British Empire News 1949

Quoted from "Hood" No, he would still be the same man in WW, the term he coined is still as a disparaging remark on the supporters of that theory. Thanks for clarifying. From what I have read, while Hoyle did not subscribe to what came to be called "The Big Bang Theory", he apparently coined that term more as a descriptive than as a disparagement, but it quickly came to be used as such. The Bell Labs facility where Penzias and Wilson did their work to discover the predicted background radiation...

Monday, June 17th 2019, 1:08am

Author: BruceDuncan

British Empire News 1949

Hood scripset: Quoted Astronomer Fred Hoyle coins the term ‘Big Bang’ to explain the beginning of the universe during a BBC Third Programme radio broadcast on the subject today. Is Wesworld's Fred Hoyle changing his stance on the origins of the Universe and rejecting the historical Hoyle's theory on the "steady state" of the Universe? From what was reported, it is unclear.

Thursday, June 13th 2019, 7:44pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, April 1949

Cavite, Sunday, 3 April 1949 The Russian-flagged Konstantin Petrovskiy had arrived in the outer harbor on the previous evening’s tide; she had been guided into the naval base by a pair of tugs and tied up at a heavily guarded pier. With the coming of dawn work commenced on off-loading her cargo – crates that were carefully lowered onto a succession of low-load trailers that departed in small convoys under military escort. Work went on throughout the day and into the early evening; and it would r...

Thursday, June 13th 2019, 2:04am

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, April 1949

BAP Pucalipa, The Ucayali River, 9 April 1949 A week earlier the Pucalipa had departed Pucallpa on her maiden ‘voyage’. Gordon Magne concurred with Ensign Zuta’s recommendation that the ship should venture downstream rather than fight the current of the Ucayali from the outset; no one knew exactly how the ‘social action platform’ would perform. The middle reaches of the river were challenging enough – though broad the Ucayali twisted and turned through thick reaches of jungle, and was littered w...

Wednesday, June 12th 2019, 4:26pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Leichter Gepanzerter Spähwagen Fennek

Quoted from "Hood" Looks good, might pick up some exports too. Nice artwork from Brock too. Any details on what the alternative armament choices are? The chassis would lend itself to a wide variety of options. While the Heer has originally specified twin 7.92mm machineguns, I think that it would find in short order to upgrade to an autocannon in the 20-30mm range for its 'deep penetration' vehicle, while the MGs would be adequate for the convoy escort role. By dispensing with the scouts carried...

Tuesday, June 11th 2019, 7:29pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Delivery Status Report, 30 June 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 : 165,000 Small Arms Ammunition : 19,500,000 Artillery Ammunition : 255,000 Domestic Vehicle Production for Royal Yugoslav Army Zastava M40 0.25-ton Truck -:- 75 Zastava M41 1.5-ton Truck -:- 300 Novi Sad M44 3-ton Truck -:- 600 Novi Sad M46 Artillery Tractor -:- 450 M47 Half Track Infantry Carrier -:- 150 M48 Me...

Tuesday, June 11th 2019, 7:26pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events, April 1949

Belgrade, Zemun Airport, Saturday, 2 April 1949 Having had a short opportunity to spend time with family Lieutenant Colonel Janko Bobetko boarded the morning’s JAT flight to Cairo on the first leg of his flight to Beijing. It would involve several transfers and, he had been warned, a possible overnight stay or two; no single airline yet offered a through service. It was, however, preferable to a long sea voyage through the Indian Ocean. He returned to studying the materials he had been given reg...

Tuesday, June 11th 2019, 7:09pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Nordish Tanks

Quoted from "Brockpaine" Funny that you mentioned this - I was actually considering the option of using some 32TP Lwica components (hull, drivetrain, engines, etc) and substituting a Nordish gun and turret. Great minds think alike!

Tuesday, June 11th 2019, 6:14pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Nordish Tanks

Quoted I definitely do think a 35-45 tonne tank (like the SPzr Panther) would be too heavy for Nordmark's purposes, so I might consider something native-built in that lesser range instead. One alternative might be the Polish 32TP Lwica. It has, IMHO, a good balance of characteristics.

Tuesday, June 11th 2019, 6:10pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Leichter Gepanzerter Spähwagen Fennek

(Thanks to Brockpaine for the artwork) The Fennek has been developed in response to a Heer requirement for a deep reconnaissance vehicle with greater stealth characteristics that the Lynx tracked reconnaissance vehicle. In a secondary role it is able to fulfill the need for a road security and convoy escort vehicle. The vehicle can be configured to meet other requirements and alternative armament packages are under consideration at this time. Combat weight: 7,370 kg Length: 5.69 metres Width: 2...

Tuesday, June 11th 2019, 2:41pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Nordish Tanks

I tend to agree that Nordmark – whether you think of OTL Sweden, Norway, or Finland – is poor tank country. While each OTL constituent has acquired medium tanks over the years – Sweden acquiring the most – they have never been deployed en masse but rather distributed. While developing a machine would be useful backstory, producing one would not be the best use of available resources. (Yes, I know I’ve done if for Yugoslavia, but it is more a prestige thing – thankfully Italy is not a real threat...

Sunday, June 9th 2019, 4:39pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Marinestützpunkt Heligoland, Monday, 4 April 1949 Kapitän zur See Hermann Lüdke prepared his report to higher headquarters for the first month’s operation since Zerstörergeschwader 31 had arrived in Heligoland. Their patrol activity had been quite high – more than sixty percent of their hours had been at sea – good follow-on training for the crews. Despite the occasional sightings of foreign warships – Nordish, Danish, and, more often, British – there had been no major incidents. The cat-and-mou...

Monday, June 3rd 2019, 7:28pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, April 1949

Elbinger Volksstimme, Friday, 1 April 1949 The keels of the small assault landing ships Kietzwerder and Langenwerder were laid in the Schichau yard today. These follow the recent launch of their sisters Kampenwerder and Kaninchenwerder. It is said that preparations are in hand for further of these vessels to follow over the course of the year. Hamburg, The Waterfront, Saturday, 2 April 1949 “Fido” felt the packet of Reichsmarks in his inner coat pocket again; it was not as thick as he had hoped ...

Saturday, June 1st 2019, 5:07pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Bottsand class Salvage Tender

Bottsand, German Salvage Tender laid down 1941 Displacement: 2,193 t light; 2,325 t standard; 5,125 t normal; 7,365 t full load Dimensions: Length overall / water x beam x draught 278.97 ft / 265.75 ft x 43.96 ft x 23.62 ft (normal load) [85.03 m / 81.00 m x 13.40 m x 7.20 m] Armament: 4 - 1.46" / 37.0 mm guns (2x2 guns), 1.55lbs / 0.70kg shells, 1941 Model Anti-aircraft guns in deck mounts on centreline ends, evenly spread, all raised mounts 8 - 0.79" / 20.0 mm guns (4x2 guns), 0.24lbs / 0.11kg...