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Thursday, August 22nd 2019, 8:07pm

Author: Brockpaine

Beijing Newspaper Q1/1949 - Chinese news and events - January / February / March

Macclesfield Bank, Indochinese ship Ha Giang "Well, this stretch of sea seems to be busy this morning," Lieutenant Van Pham remarked to no one in particular. First a cruiser - Pham's recognition chart identified her as the Chinese cruiser Guiyang - and then a destroyer, maybe a member of the Yiyang class. Quartier-maître Petit pointed toward the destroyer. "Semaphore message, lieutenant." He jotted down the message, and then handed it to Pham. "'You are in the middle of a Chinese exercise and yo...

Wednesday, August 21st 2019, 6:16pm

Author: Brockpaine

Chinese Designs for 1949

Yeah, I'd say that's a lot better.

Wednesday, August 21st 2019, 6:15pm

Author: Brockpaine

Beijing Newspaper Q1/1949 - Chinese news and events - January / February / March

Macclesfield Bank, Indochinese ship Ha Giang Lieutenant Van Pham was the only officer aboard the submarine chaser Ha Giang, in command of the ship and its crew of twenty-two men. Well, its theoretical twenty-two men; like most ships of the Patrouille Navale Indochinoise, Ha Giang was perpetually shorthanded, and Pham only had seventeen men aboard. Nearly a quarter of them were fresh recruits who'd only been inducted into service in December. But Ha Giang's chief engineer was a ten-year man, and ...

Wednesday, August 21st 2019, 4:48pm

Author: Brockpaine

Chinese Designs for 1949

My comments... Block coefficient is rather low for a ship of this type. Transom sterns don't really work well for ships like this. The transom stern offers efficiencies, but those are counterbalanced by a range of negatives; they mostly make sense on faster ships. One of the negatives is that ships with transoms are often harder to maneuver at low speeds... which is where most minesweeping is done, and where you'd probably want a high degree of maneuverability available for use. Further, the tra...

Wednesday, August 21st 2019, 5:05am

Author: Brockpaine

France, Q1/1949

Quoted from "BruceDuncan" Quoted Crane logistics ship Léon Blum I am intrigued by the nomenclature of the ship type. Is there a Springsharp somewhere? Yes. The Léon Blum is the second ship ordered from the Raymond Poincaré-class. The ships are basically designed to be large fast cargo ships with three twin-boom heavy-lift cranes. According to the doctrine, they can use their cranes (which are rated to lift tanks or MTBs) to offload their cargo even in the absence of any port facilities whatsoev...

Wednesday, August 21st 2019, 2:02am

Author: Brockpaine

France, Q1/1949

Q1/1949 Notable Ship Movements of the Marine Nationale A general overview of the major exercises and operations being undertaken during Q1/1949 by the Marine Nationale. This list is representative and not exhaustive. Flotte de l'Atlantique -- FO Atlantique Nord, under Admiral R. Godfroy, is undergoing an extended downtime following Operation Tigre 48 (which kept the fleet in an almost continuous at-sea deployment to Indochina for ten months in 1948). The exceptions are Foudroyant, Amiral Charner...

Wednesday, August 21st 2019, 1:49am

Author: Brockpaine

France, Q1/1949

Marine Nationale Order of Battle, April 1st, 1949 The Marine Nationale is divided into three major and one minor fleet organizations based on geography: the Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Pacific Fleets, and the Indian Ocean Flotilla. Due to differing mission priorities as well as effective command and control, the Pacific Fleet is subdivided into East and West, each incorporating a defined overall operations area, although both exist under the same overall command. The Mediterranean Fleet possess...

Wednesday, August 21st 2019, 1:15am

Author: Brockpaine

France, Q1/1949

Report for Q1/1949 Industrial Allocation - 27.5 / 27.5 factories producing 27,500t materials. - 0/27.5 factories producing infrastructure (dedicated) - 12,232t from stockpile. - 1825t from transactions. - 0t from scrapping. - 39,732t materials total. - 25,669 t used. - 12,232 t stored for Q1/49. Infrastructure Development Not applicable. Naval Construction DCNS / Arsenal de La Rochelle (Cl 5) Class 5 Slip #1 - Aircraft carrier Le Terrible laid down July 1st, 1947. 64,150 tons required. 2650 tons...

Wednesday, August 21st 2019, 1:04am

Author: Brockpaine

French News, 1949

France's Oldest Battleship, Carrier Retired Saturday, January 1, 1949 - The French Navy decommissioned the aged battleship Lorraine today at the port of Brest, where the battleship shall be broken down for scrap. Lorraine remained in service several years longer than her sisterships Bretagne and Provence, which were retired and scrapped in 1942. The Lorraine remained in use as a training ship for cadets, but was not acknowledged as a first-line combat unit after about 1943 onward. An association...

Wednesday, August 21st 2019, 1:03am

Author: Brockpaine

French News, 1949

Year to date...

Tuesday, August 20th 2019, 1:40am

Author: Brockpaine

French Army Secret Projects, 1940-1950

Collignon Tracked Reconnaissance Vehicle The Collignon tracked reconnaissance vehicle was proposed by French inventor and engineer Andre Collignon in 1946 during the design process that eventually resulted in the Hotchkiss VLD (Véhicule léger de Découverte). Collignon's design was for a very small, low-profile lightly-armoured tracked reconnaissance vehicle intended for two crewmen, who operated the vehicle from a prone position. Collignon was reportedly inspired by a number of extremely light a...

Tuesday, August 20th 2019, 1:13am

Author: Brockpaine

French Army Secret Projects, 1940-1950

FCM Heavy Tank / FCM-60 Development The FCM-60 heavy tank had an uncertain design history. DEFA's tank design committee, which had previously produced the excellent Char-8 Montbrun, drew up the initial design for a sixty-ton heavy tank in late 1941, but the French Army's Armoured Cavalry Branch had little interest in heavy tanks at the time. DEFA turned over all further development to the FCM (Forges et Chantiers de Mediterranean company, which had a great deal of previous experience manufacturi...

Tuesday, August 20th 2019, 1:11am

Author: Brockpaine

French Army Secret Projects, 1940-1950

Proposed Superheavy Tank This vehicle was informally proposed by the Infantry Branch's Materiel Assessment Inspectorate. The Materiel Assessment Inspectorate was a largely toothless organization staffed by Great War officers being "encouraged" along toward retirement with make-work. Most of these older officers had found themselves on the losing side of the 1930s debate on armoured doctrine, favoring slow-moving infantry tanks such as the Char-1bis and Hotchkiss H35; and they had successfully fo...

Tuesday, August 20th 2019, 1:09am

Author: Brockpaine

French Army Secret Projects, 1940-1950

This is a general data dump from the French archives - some never-weres, some testbeds, some things that saw very marginal production, etc. In short, if it's here, it never made it into widespread service. I've been sitting on some of these writeups for quite a long time (years, in some cases) and I figured I ought to post them sooner or later.

Sunday, August 18th 2019, 11:09pm

Author: Brockpaine

British Empire News 1949

Quoted from "Hood" It is Germany's population who can look to our Welfare State Stop, stop, you're killing me! :D

Monday, August 12th 2019, 9:22pm

Author: Brockpaine

Peruvian Future Projects

You're switching gun sizes?

Monday, August 12th 2019, 4:31pm

Author: Brockpaine

Commuter Aircraft Trials

Quoted from "parador" These chinese airlines are interested in the Twin Condor: Eastern China Aviation Company Daily Air CNAC Yunnan Airline EURASIA Excellent; the Chilean manufacturer is willing to do business. :)

Friday, August 9th 2019, 5:55pm

Author: Brockpaine

Ships on market

Just for myself, I'd enjoy a Wesworld II sim with a historical (or close-to-historical) scenario starting in 1890. But discussion of that topic is best saved for another thread, I think.

Thursday, August 8th 2019, 12:31pm

Author: Brockpaine

Ships on market

Quoted from "Hood" Given there are only potentially 6 quarters of the sim left Great, I'd somehow avoided realizing that. Now I'm depressed. :(

Wednesday, August 7th 2019, 8:04pm

Author: Brockpaine

Ships on market

Indeed. :)