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Today, 9:01pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Hamburger Hafen-und Lagerhaus-Aktiengesellschaft

The port of Hamburg is one of the busiest in Europe, a status made possible by the creation of the Hamburg Speicherstadt, its warehouse district and free port. In 1871 the Hanseatic City of Hamburg became a part of the German Reich, yet at that time did not yet adhere to the German Zollverein, the national customs union. In order to avoid burdening the city’s transit trade with customs duties it was necessary to create an area in which merchants’ traditional privilege of storing, refining, and p...

Yesterday, 9:29pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Vereinigte Walz und Röhrenwerke AG

The antecedents of this firm date back to the mid-Nineteenth Century when Christian Friedrich Boecker and his brother-in-law Ludwig Backhausen founded the Friedrich Boecker Phillips Sohn & Compagnie wire and cold-rolling mill in Hagen-Hohenlimburg. Initially the firm produced flat wire employed in the manufacture of hoop skirts, a popular item of attire of the time. In 1908 the neighboring plants of Friedrich Boecker Phillips Sohn and Friedrich Koenig zu Hohenlimburg merged to form Vereinigte Wa...

Yesterday, 8:57pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Badische Maschinenfabrik Durlach AG

In 1855 Johann Georg Sebold applied for and received a license to operate a mechanical workshop in the town of Durlach in the Grand Duchy of Baden, wherein he began the manufacture of match-making machines, pumps, steam boilers, and other machine tools. In 1866 an expanded factory was constructed on a large plot of land on the then outskirts of Durlach. Friedrich Neff joined the firm in 1872 as partner and manager of the newly established foundry, a necessity to ensure the flow of castings requi...

Yesterday, 4:37pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Escort Aircraft Carrier Westfalen, The Baltic Sea, Thursday, 18 August 1949 There was apprehension among the officers and crew of the Westfalen as she turned into the wind and steadied on her new heading; particularly so for the aircraft handlers on the flight deck, who were busy checking the arresting gear and erecting a crash barrier forward. The Westfalen had long ago displayed her ability to operate the aircraft for which she was designed – but to fulfill her wider role she would have to dem...

Thursday, January 23rd 2020, 6:37pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Militär-Wochenblatt, Friday, 19 August 1949 Approval has been given to a Romanian request to purchase a further quantity of refurbished Standardpanzer Panther medium tanks – the quantity in question being a further one hundred and fifty vehicles, increasing the Romanian Army inventory of Panther tanks to three hundred. The tanks will be withdrawn from Heer reserve stocks and overhauled by Eisenwerke Oberdonau at Linz, where they will be fitted with Swiss 8.8cm cannon prior to their delivery. The...

Wednesday, January 22nd 2020, 6:23pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Mondscheinsonate

French Cruiser Duguay-Trouin, The North Atlantic, Wednesday, 10 August 1949 The prospect of continuing operational training in the warm waters of the Caribbean, opposed to those of the North Atlantic, carried with it certain attractions. This, Capitaine de vaisseau Hugo Saint-Amant could not deny. The Duguay-Trouin had left the shipyards not many months before, and her crew still needed knitting together, and so Saint-Amant had welcomed the orders that sent him, together with the cruiser Amiral ...

Wednesday, January 22nd 2020, 3:04pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1949

BAP Iparia, Puno, Puno Region, 21 August 1949 The Iparia had returned to Puno after having completed a circuit of the Peruvian settlements along the shore of Lake Titicaca. While his crew saw to the stowage of stores and equipment for their next voyage, Lieutenant Díaz wrote up his report of their initial mission for naval headquarters in Lima. From a technical perspective she had performed particularly well on the sheltered waters of the lake; her shallow draft had allowed her to come close to ...

Wednesday, January 22nd 2020, 2:48am

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events 1949

The Bangkok Recorder, Friday, 26 August 1949 A squadron of the Philippine Navy, comprising the armored cruiser Mindoro, the light cruiser Bulican, and two destroyers arrived this morning at Sattahip. Under the command of Commodore José Alejandrino the Philippine vessels are reciprocating the visit a flotilla of our latest warships to Manila last June. It is expected that the visiting squadron will remain for three or four days before departing on their return voyage. The Freeman (Cebu), Tuesday,...

Wednesday, January 22nd 2020, 1:05am

Author: BruceDuncan

And now for something entirely different...

In this age of supertanker and Panmax bulkers, we often forget the role still played by small cargo vessels in carrying raw materials around Europe, particularly from the British Isles. I stumbled upon a video of a small bulk carrier Lady Hester,arriving at the port of Fowey in the west of England, to load china clay.

Tuesday, January 21st 2020, 8:29pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events 1949

Novosti News Service, Friday, 26 August 1949 The Unija Metali metal-fabricating works at Zapresic was dedicated today. The firm is a specialist manufacturer of pressed metal products for the automotive, aviation, and consumer products industries. Novosti News Service, Monday, 29 August 1949 The first Societe Francaise Du Gyroplane SH.40 Tourbillon helicopter has been delivered to No. 206 (Helicopter) Squadron at Pleso Air Base, Zagreb, for evaluation.

Friday, January 17th 2020, 8:25pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Frigate Gefion, The South China Sea, Tuesday, 16 August 1949 The Gefion and her consorts, the frigates Hela, Schwalbe, and Sperber, had departed the anchorage of Cam Rahn Bay that morning in company with the small support tanker Lech. On the frigate’s bridge Kapitän zur See Heinrich Graf von Haugwitz pondered the orders he had been given – a cruise westward into the Indian Ocean. “To show the flag” Konteradmiral Rogge had explained. True, for the time being at least, China was quiescent; yet the...

Friday, January 17th 2020, 5:48pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events 1949

The Manila Times, Friday, 19 August 1949 The first two of six Societe Francaise Du Gyroplane SH.22 Cigale utility helicopters on order for the Philippine Army Air Corps were handed over today at Fort Aguinaldo, Manila, where the Air Corps Instruction Center is temporarily based. The Philippine Herald, Sunday, 21 August 1949 The armored cruiser Mindoro, the light cruiser Bulican, and destroyers Catanauan and Calasiao departed Cavite this morning for Sattahip Naval Base in Thailand, for a goodwill...

Wednesday, January 15th 2020, 9:53am

Author: BruceDuncan

And now for something entirely different...

Industrial technology is often glossed over. This Curtiss Wright video from 1942 gives some idea of what stands behind the final product.

Tuesday, January 14th 2020, 10:33pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events 1949

Novosti News Service, Tuesday, 23 August 1949 The Ministry of Defence has announced plans to disband Nos.77 and 78 (Bomber) Squadrons, presently stationed at Sombor Air Base, Apatin, due to shortages of equipment. The units had operated the Soko Zmaj twin engine light bomber; their surviving aircraft will be distributed to units still operating the type.

Tuesday, January 14th 2020, 7:18pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1949

Gran Hotel Bolivar, Lima, 15 August 1949 After their visit to the port of Ilo in the south and their tour of inspection of the mining areas near Cuajone and Toquepala Robinson and Christensen were convinced of the desirability of moving ahead with the joint venture with Krupp to exploit the substantial deposits of the area. The trick would be to balance their own interests with those of their potential German partners and the Peruvian Government; the latter had given strong indication that it wo...

Monday, January 13th 2020, 9:37pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Marinestützpunkt Warnemünde, Sunday, 14 August 1949 The coastal escort Alpenföhn rode easily at anchor in the inner harbour. Leutnant zur See Schattmann watched as Admiral Glaser’s gig left the neighbouring Höllentäler and made its way to his ship. There were no great crowds – the small escorts did not rate them – but the commander of the Lehrdivision took his responsibilities seriously, and Glaser had chosen to formally visit every vessel of his command before they were released to join the fle...

Monday, January 13th 2020, 6:14pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, Saturday, 13 August 1949 Following a period of factory testing the prototype Henschel Hs132 multi-purpose aircraft has been transferred to the Erprobungsstelle Rechlin for evaluation by the Luftwaffe and the Marineflieger. The design has shown promise and is being considered for military use as a light transport and support aircraft. Inquiries from foreign governments have also been received. Kieler Nachrichten, Sunday, 14 August 1949 The coastal escort Ostwind was c...

Monday, January 13th 2020, 1:39am

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events 1949

The Manila Herald, Monday, 15 August 1949 The Ministry of Defense has announced its intention to send a squadron of the Philippine Navy, including the armored cruiser Mindoro, on a goodwill visit to Thailand, reciprocating the visit of the Royal Thai Navy’s visit this June.

Thursday, January 9th 2020, 6:23pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events 1949

Novosti News Service, Zagreb, Saturday, 20 August 1949 Their Royal Majesties visited the city today to open the recently completed Zagreb Hippodrome, a horse-racing venue located in the neighbourhood of Kajzerica, on the southern bank of the Sava, near the Bundek Lake. Under construction since 1946, the venue, based on that of the famous French racing establishment at Longchamps, comprises an area of nearly fifty hectares, with three race tracks having lengths of 1,000 metres, 1,600 metres, and ...

Wednesday, January 8th 2020, 7:45pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1949

BAP Pucalipa, The Ucayali River, 12 August 1949 Since her involvement with clearance of the criminal compound at the old mission San Francisco the Pucalipa had returned to her proper task of providing social services and support to settlements along the middle reaches of the Ucayali River; and this pleased Gordon Magne, her captain. The ship had settled into a routine – sailing downstream, stopping at settlements and providing medical, educational, or other social services to those residing ther...