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Today, 4:17pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Mondscheinsonate

Light Cruiser Nürnberg, The Caribbean Sea, Saturday, 30 July 1949 Navassa Island, at 18 degrees, 25 minutes North, 75 degrees, 2 minutes West, was a historical anomaly. Claimed by the United States under its Guano Islands Act in the mid-Nineteenth Century it had been uninhabited for more than fifty years. The guano deposits had been mined by workers driven to mutiny until abandoned at the outbreak of the Iberian-American War, and save for the passing fisherman, had seen no visitors since. Rollma...

Yesterday, 7:49pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Air Defence Cruiser Temesvar, Off Rugen, Sunday, 31 July 1949 The Greifswalder Bodden seemed filled with ships and small craft, some allocated from the Lehrdivision as well as others brought from the Fleet to provide the mix of shipping required for a full brigade-scale landing exercise. Vize-admiral Becker had made his headquarters aboard the Temesvar with regard to her excellent command, control, and communications facilities. With all the elements involved he wished to have as many C3I assets...

Yesterday, 4:13am

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events 1949

Naval Operating Base Cavite, Friday, 29 July 1949 Capitaine de Corvette Arsène Couturier was ensconced in the office his hosts had provided for him in the naval headquarters annex busily reviewing the latest correspondence that had been routed to him. Like his Dutch counterpart, whose office was just down the hall, he received regular briefings on the activities of the Philippine Navy and was made privy to much of the intelligence obtained on the principal regional threat – the Imperial Chinese ...

Monday, December 9th 2019, 8:55pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Trierische Landeszeitung, Thursday, 28 July 1949 The Commercial Registrar in Freiburg has reported the formation of Heckler und Koch Maschinen-und- Anlagenbau GmbH in Schramberg-Waldmössingen. The venture is a specialist design and manufacture firm formed by the engineers Edmund Heckler, Theodor Koch, and Alex Seidel, who were formerly employed by Mauserwerke AG. Frankfurter Zeitung, Friday, 29 July 1949 Heliopolis, the latest work by novelist Ernst Jünger, debuted today at the Frankfurt Book Fa...

Sunday, December 8th 2019, 3:42am

Author: BruceDuncan

Notes on Current German Aircraft Production

Quoted from "Hood" This is a handy round up of information, thanks for pulling this together. Thanks. There are a few things overlooked, mainly in the civil sector and light sportplanes. Lots of development projects still to see the light of day. But it helps putting a summary where I can find it.

Saturday, December 7th 2019, 1:22am

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Coastal Escort Alpenföhn, the Gulf of Danzig, Friday, 29 July 1949 Leutnant zur See Werner Schattmann took pride in his first command, and throughout their training programme had kept his crew up to the mark in all their evolutions. In the grand scheme of things his ship was but a pint-pot compared to the larger destroyers on the horizon that ringed the quartet of small landing ships, but the Alpenföhn and her sister Höllentäler had the duty of providing close escort and, if necessary, fire supp...

Thursday, December 5th 2019, 7:13pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Mondscheinsonate

Light Cruiser Nürnberg, The Caribbean Sea, Thursday, 28 July 1949 The Detached Division had made the most of a week’s visit to salubrious Guantanamo Bay. The men were rested, refreshed by excursions and amusements ashore, and maintenance aboard the ships carried out with lighter hearts. The squadron now sailed into the Caribbean proper, their course set for the French bastion of Martinique. Kommodore Rollmann was in his day cabin when a knock at the door announced the arrival of two junior offic...

Thursday, December 5th 2019, 3:15am

Author: BruceDuncan

Notes on Current German Aircraft Production

A brief exposition on the current activities of Germany’s major airframe producers. Bf329 Production Group Bayerischen Flugzeugwerke AG, Augsburg-Haunstetten Bayerischen Flugzeugwerke AG, Memmingen Allgemein Transportanlagen GmbH, Leipzig-Mockau Erla Maschinenwerke GmbH, Leipzig-Heiterblick These four firms are involved in production of the Bf329 jet interceptor. Production of the older Bf262, which is winding down, is undertaken by Muhlenbau und Industrie at Brunswick-Waggum. Production of the ...

Wednesday, December 4th 2019, 8:33pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events 1949

Naval Operating Base Puerto Princesa, Tuesday, 26 July 1949 Vice Admiral Fernando Suarez, commander of the Western Fleet, was busy with a final read through of the report prepared by his staff before endorsing it for transmission to Manila. It covered the sector the north-northeast of Itu Aba and southeast of Pagasa. “The area of the Loaita Bank is approximately twenty nautical miles long stretching from Loaita Island (10°40′N, 114°25′E) to the northwest of Dangerous Ground. It comprises a numbe...

Tuesday, December 3rd 2019, 1:38am

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1949

Oficina de Minas y Desarollo Minero, Lima, 31 July 1949 Robinson, now accompanied by Christensen, had made another round of Peruvian bureaucracy in an attempt to persuade them to relent on some of the social overhead costs associated with the Haquira venture. Today they met with the Director of the Office of Mines and Mineral Development, Juan Oviedo, and as with other offices, were making small headway. “Senors, I appreciate your situation, but you must understand mine. Peru cannot afford to gr...

Monday, December 2nd 2019, 7:37pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Hamburg, The Waterfront, Monday, 25 July 1949 “Fido” had spent the previous days in great apprehension, fearing that he had been noticed attempting to photograph the plans of the crane ship now being converted in the Deschimag yard. For several days he had avoided the pier where that work was being done, finding temporary assignments elsewhere. After several days he and calmed down and no longer expected the police to knock at his door. He had made his way to the back-up “dead drop” arranged som...

Monday, December 2nd 2019, 4:29pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events 1949

Privredni vjesnik, Sunday, 31 July 1949 The Janjevo Lead Mine has begun crushing and processing ore, delivering ore at a rate of five hundred tons per diem, from which some seven tons of lead can be extracted, together with recoverable quantities of zinc. When the mine’s second shaft is completed it is expected that the rate of ore extraction will increase significantly.

Monday, December 2nd 2019, 1:06pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Memelländische Apparatebau GmbH

In April 1919 the Lithuanian Government established its Postal and Telegraph Department's repair workshops in the city of Klaipeda (formerly Memel) using assets and facilities inherited from C. Lorenz AG. In 1922 it was reorganised as the State Electrotechnical Factory (Valstybinė elektrotechnikos gamykla) and commenced the assembly and manufacture of telephones and telephone equipment under license from the firm of Mix und Genest of Berlin-Schöneberg. Their license included automatic telephone ...

Monday, December 2nd 2019, 2:03am

Author: BruceDuncan

Zwirnerei Ackermann AG

The origins of the firm lie in a yarn and twine factory organised by Friedrich Ackermann in the town of Sontheim. In 1842 he had opened a yarn, fabric, and haberdashery shop in Heilbronn, in 1868 he expanded his business to include the production to yarn and twine, acquiring factory facilities in Sontheim. At the outset the firm operated as Ackermann & Compagnie, utilising machinery imported from England. In 1878, due to financial difficulties, the firm was reorganised as a joint stock company; ...

Sunday, December 1st 2019, 7:25pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Rheinische Olefinwerke GmbH

The firm was formed in 1939 as a joint venture of the Interessengemeinschaft Farbenindustrie and the Vereinigte Norddeutschen Mineralölwerke to construct Germany’s first large-scale petrochemical facility at Wesseling, near Köln. The plant constructed at a cost of more than sixty million Reichsmarks manufactures ethylene and the further processing to polyethylene, which is marketed under the trade name, “Lupolen”. The plant went on stream in 1943, with production originally limited to twenty tho...

Sunday, December 1st 2019, 12:56am

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Training Ship Roon, Marinestützpunkt Kiel, Sunday, 24 July 1949 Not long after the Roon had left Palanga her familiar shadowing trawler had reappeared on the horizon. It had followed the German vessel at a respectful distance, even occasionally seeming to stream fishing gear in order to give a bit of verisimilitude to her activities. However, when the Roon neared the port of Kiel their unidentified shadow had broken contact and sailed over the horizon in the general direction of the Danish islan...

Saturday, November 30th 2019, 10:13pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1949

Control Fronterizo Santa Rosa, 30 July 1949 Since the ‘thaw’ in relations between Peru and her southern neighbor the frontier region south of Tacna had seen many changes, most for the better. Almost immediately commerce had resumed, if only on a limited scale. And then work had begun to restore the Ferrocarril Tacna á Arica, the railroad that linked this portion of southern Peru with the Chilean port of Arica to the south; the Empresa Nacional de Ferrocarriles del Peru and the Chilean firm of To...

Saturday, November 30th 2019, 5:05pm

Author: BruceDuncan

M50 Tank Destroyer "Munja"

This vehicle was designed to replace the AT.41 Self-Propelled Anti-Tank Gun and M44 Infantry Support Vehicle in service with the Royal Yugoslav Army, and supplant the AT.47 Self-Propelled Antitank Gun whose performance was no longer viable in the face of the most recent developments in tank technology. It utilises the chassis of the M48 Medium Tank, replacing the turret with a fixed armoured fighting compartment for the main armament. Work on a prototype commenced early in 1949. General: Crew: ...

Saturday, November 30th 2019, 1:42am

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events 1949

Budapest, Report of the Hungarian Military Attaché in Belgrade, Friday, 29 July 1949 Közepes harckocsi jugoszláv ‘48m Kurjak’ Rohamágyú jugoszláv The drawings and associated technical data provoked lively interest in the headquarters of Hungarian military intelligence. Reports from Belgrade had tracked the progress made by the Yugoslavs with their M48 medium tank, but the most recent report confirmed many of the surmises that had been previously made, and corrected a few others. It also gave the...

Friday, November 29th 2019, 8:47pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events 1949

The Manila Times, Sunday, 24 July 1949 Yesterday evening the Casino Union was the site of a dinner honoring the pioneers of civil aviation in the Philippines. Among those recognized for their contributions were: Norwegian-born Laurie Reuben Nielsen – entrepreneur and aviation enthusiast who in the 1920s laid out Manila’s first airport, today’s Nielsen Field; American-born Paul Irvin Gunn – who with Senator Don Andreas Soriano founded Philippine Air Lines and who served as its first managing dire...