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Saturday, December 7th 2019, 10:24am

Author: Hood

Belgian News 1949

1 July The Beiliard shipyard in Ostend has today laid down two new fleet tugs for the Navy as part of the ongoing improvements to the support fleet. These two tugs are half of the planned number of the Zeemeeuw Class, the other two being laid down by Cockerill at Antwerp. All four should complete next spring. In other shipping news, the steamer Marie-Flore earlier today collided with the Nordish vessel Ragnhild Brövig off the mouth of the River Scheldt and sank, fortunately without casualties ab...

Saturday, December 7th 2019, 10:22am

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1949

2 July Radio presenter Pete Felleman presented the first music charts on Dutch radio tonight on the new programme, The Hit Parade. The chart is based on the Billboards' Top Sellers Chart. 7 July Yahya Muhammad Hamid ed-Din, the Iman of Yemen died peacefully in his sleep last night. On the streets, there is both a sense of grief and unease at what the succession may bring and the fears of a power struggle. His eldest son Ahmad bin Yahya seems likely to succeed him but there is also a chance the F...

Saturday, December 7th 2019, 10:19am

Author: Hood

Notes on Current German Aircraft Production

This is a handy round up of information, thanks for pulling this together.

Saturday, November 30th 2019, 11:04am

Author: Hood

British Empire Q3/1949 Report

THE BRITISH EMPIRE: Q3/1949 REPORT A. Industrial Output 50 Factories: Fixed IP: 5 Flexible IP: 0 Ship Tonnage: 45 B. Transfers and Acquisitions HMAS Wingham and HMAS Grantham, Ham Class inshore minesweepers formally transferred to Royal Australian Navy for delivery following delivery trials on 30 May C. Unit Relocations HMS Tiger, Cougar commission with 6th Carrier Squadron at Cromarty on 12 September HMS Puma, Cheetah commission with 2nd Carrier Squadron at Alexandria on 21 September HMS Leopar...

Saturday, November 30th 2019, 11:03am

Author: Hood

Kingdom of the Netherlands Q3/1949 Report

Kingdom of the Netherlands & Kingdom of the Kongo Q3/1949 Report A. Industrial Output 12 factories in the Kingdom of the Netherlands 2.5 factories in the provinces Malay Archipelago (aka Dutch East Indies) 1 factory in the Kingdom of the Kongo, funding provided to NL via UKN. 0 factories in the Province of Dutch Guiana and the Grand Duchy of Ubangi-Shari (CAR) 15.5 Factories: Fixed IP: 1 Flexible IP: 2 Ship Tonnage: 12.5 B. Transfers and Acquisitions C. Unit Relocations Amsterdam commissions wit...

Saturday, November 30th 2019, 11:02am

Author: Hood

Belgium Report Q3/1949

Kingdom of Belgium Q3/1949 Report A. Industrial Output 5.5 Factories: Fixed IP: 2 Flexible IP: 0 Ship Tonnage: 3.5 B. Transfers and Acquisitions C. Unit Relocations CL-5 Westdiep completes and commissions with 1st Cruiser Squadron at Antwerp on 30 September MT-11 and MT-12 complete and commission with 2nd Motor Torpedo Squadron at Zeebrugge on 11 September MTB-17 and MTB-18 decommissioned for disposal at Zeebrugge on 29 August D. Navy Programme Resources Allocated: 3,500 tons Previous Surplus: 2...

Saturday, November 30th 2019, 11:01am

Author: Hood

Argentina Q3/1949 Report

THE REPUBLIC OF ARGENTINA: Q3/1949 REPORT A. Industrial Output 7 Factories: Fixed IP: 0 Flexible IP: 0 Ship Tonnage: 7,000 tons B. Transfers and Acquisitions 740 tons to Peru for the Aircraft Carrier Lima C. Unit Relocations ARA Punta Medanos and ARA Punta Delgado commissioned with 1st Transport Squadron at Comodoro Rivadavia on 1 August ARA LC13 and ARA LC14 commissioned with 1st Landing Craft Flotilla at Comodoro Rivadavia on 19 August D. Navy Programme Resources Allocated: 7,000 tons Previous...

Friday, November 29th 2019, 9:59am

Author: Hood

Hello again

Hey snip, hope things are going well with you? Nice to see you.

Sunday, November 10th 2019, 3:17pm

Author: Hood

Ships on market

Wandelaar has now been sold to Indochina.

Friday, November 8th 2019, 4:53pm

Author: Hood

Operation Nomad

The street was crowded and it was a relief to get into the shade and away from the bustle. Baghdad was very hot this time of year. Esterhase hated the heat and dirt and irritably scanned the room, one of Baghdad’s most upmarket coffee houses. In the appointed niche he spotted a balding man sipping a cup of coffee though the haze of cigarette and hookah smoke and he headed towards him. “Mister Bulganov, what a delight to see you, it must be five years since we last met,” he beamed. The man looked...

Saturday, November 2nd 2019, 4:15pm

Author: Hood

Royal Navy Ships for 1950

A possible new submarine design for 1950 taking the Oberon Class and making some minor improvements. Subsim makes some drastic changes in 1950 so there are quite a few changes required to keep the reserve buoyancy reasonable. 1950 Class Medium Range Submarine HMS Porpoise, Grampus, Rorqual, Narwhal, Cachalot Date: 1950 Ocean Armament: - Guns: none - Torpedoes: 6 21in torpedo tubes - Mines: 12 (also simming reload torpedoes) Electric HP: 6,000hp Diesel HP: 3,000hp Crew: 65 Weight fuel & batts: 34...

Saturday, November 2nd 2019, 10:53am

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1949

25 June The dock workers’ strike has finally ended after weeks of disruption. The Chancellor of the Exchequer Hugh Dalton has been anxious in negotiations to reach an agreement in an attempt to reduce the economic damaged caused. 28 June Four more Seaward Defence Boats, HMS Muda River, Linggi River, Pahang River and Kerian River, have been completed. This quartet has formed the 5th Seaward Defence Flotilla at Penang and hopefully will form the basis of a Malayan unit. Earlier this month HMS Sand...

Monday, October 28th 2019, 10:09am

Author: Hood

Royal Navy Ships for 1950

Those were kind of my thoughts; It is big and using this for the assault wave seems unlikely gives its bulk, ideally I would want to trim some of the weight back if its a beaching LST. It would be good for support, perhaps the second wave when more mass is needed. The range is perhaps a tad excessive, not sure lowering it would save much on tonnage, in real terms the hull size and BC is eating up the tons more than what is in it. But yes, for reinforcement it would be good to be able to move it ...

Sunday, October 27th 2019, 2:37pm

Author: Hood

Royal Navy Ships for 1950

Not sure if I will build this or not, but putting this out there for comments. A Ro-Ro LST, based off real RN 1950s LST projects. Its big but its also capable but maybe just a bit too big? Cliff Class, Great Britain Landing Ship Tank laid down 1950 Displacement: 4,259 t light; 4,398 t standard; 5,245 t normal; 5,922 t full load Dimensions: Length overall / water x beam x draught 451.58 ft / 445.00 ft x 55.00 ft x 12.50 ft (normal load) 137.64 m / 135.64 m x 16.76 m x 3.81 m Armament: 8 - 2.24" /...

Friday, October 25th 2019, 10:06am

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1949

This is when local knowledge become invaluable! I will endeavor to correct as many of these as I can. The one I thing I haven't touched on yet as Dutch player is land reclamation, I think I have made passing references to it in the past but its something that I should look into more I guess.

Wednesday, October 23rd 2019, 9:29pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1949

19 June Hawker test pilot Trevor ‘Wimpy’ Wade has taken the prototype P.1081 swept-wing jet fighter on its first flight. The aircraft is actually the second P.1052 prototype VX279 which has been rebuilt with a completely new rear fuselage with a tail jet-pipe and more use of magnesium alloys to reduce weight. A new swept tailplane was also added as is the Rolls-Royce Tay turbojet featuring reheat. Sidney Camm is hoping this fighter will interest the RAF as an interim type until the advanced F.3/...

Wednesday, October 23rd 2019, 9:22pm

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1949

Netherlands Motorway Network An update of progress this year on the programme to build a network of Autoroutes (motorways) across the Netherlands linking into the networks of France, Germany and Belgium. The A12 was formally opened this year following five years of construction. The A12 runs from The Hague (linking via a junction with the A4) – Liedschendam – Zoetermeer – Zuidplas – Waddinxveen – Bodegraven-Reeuwijk – Woerden – Utrecht (junction with A2) – Bunnik – Utrechtse Heuvelrug – Ede – Ar...

Wednesday, October 23rd 2019, 9:14pm

Author: Hood

Belgian News 1949

Belgian Motorway Network An update of progress this year on the programme to build a network of Autoroutes (motorways) across Belgium linking into the networks of France, Germany and the Netherlands. Construction has started in 1949 on the A8 with a planned completion date of 1953. The A8 will run from Halle to the French border at Rijsel via Tournai. At the border the A8 will link to a French Autoroute. Construction is ongoing on the following routes; A4: Brussels – Namur – Arlon – Luxembourg (...

Monday, October 21st 2019, 10:03am

Author: Hood

Ships on market

From Q3/1949 Belgium will have the cruiser Wandelaar available for sale. Can't imagine many takers for this odd cruiser but the offer is there. If no-one buys it I'll probably turn it into an accommodation hulk. http://wesworld.jk-clan.de/index.php?pag…7692#post137692

Sunday, October 20th 2019, 3:33pm

Author: Hood

Verviers Class Netlayer

Verviers, Belgium Netlayer and Target Towing Ship laid down 1949 Displacement: 2,213 t light; 2,263 t standard; 2,360 t normal; 2,438 t full load Dimensions: Length overall / water x beam x draught 307.55 ft / 301.84 ft x 53.15 ft x 11.98 ft (normal load) 93.74 m / 92.00 m x 16.20 m x 3.65 m Armament: 2 - 1.46" / 37.0 mm guns (1x2 guns), 1.55lbs / 0.70kg shells, 1944 Model Anti-aircraft guns in deck mount on centreline aft, all raised guns - superfiring 2 - 0.91" / 23.0 mm guns in single mounts,...