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Saturday, October 27th 2018, 3:50pm

He's been around so long in Wesworld that he belongs in a museum! :D?

I kinda miss Dr. Belloq trying to steal away the glory from Indy...

He has been busy uncovering the glories of the Hittites in Anatolia. He will make an appearance, I promise.


Tuesday, October 30th 2018, 3:54pm

Survey Ship Meteor, Off Ushant, Tuesday, 7 December 1948

The off duty crew of the Meteor had the opportunity to watch the ‘dance of the patrol aircraft’. Several hours before they had been picked up and shadowed by a Sunderland flying boat of the British air force, which had kept them under surveillance. This, of course, was to be expected. What was not expected was the appearance of a twin-engine Dornier bearing the livery of the French Aeronavale, that kept the both the Meteor and the Sunderland under observation. Thankfully all was friendly enough as the Meteor changed course to enter the Channel on the final leg of her voyage home. When either aircraft dipped close enough, the crew on deck waved.

Elbinger Volksstimme, Wednesday, 8 December 1948

The submarines Nagelhai and Eishai were launched today at the Schichau works.

Bremer Nachrichten, Thursday, 9 December 1948

The recently completed support tankers Leine and Löcknitz have arrived at Brunsbüttel prior to transiting the Kaiser Wilhelm Canal on their way to the Baltic.


Monday, November 5th 2018, 2:43pm

Blackwell’s, Broad Street, Oxford, Friday, 10 December 1948

Alexander Mach had come to the Mecca for all bibliophiles to scour the stacks of books offered for sale. After his stay in Cambridge he had journeyed to Oxford by train, and begun his dutiful task of cataloguing the sights of the town. He would, if circumstances permitted, visit the University and write up his impressions of the venerable institution; if not, he hoped to find in Blackwell’s some older travel guides he could use to fill in the gaps in his knowledge.

If one could have read his notes, however, one would have gained a totally different idea of Mach’s interests. Besides the notes of ports of Grimsby and Immingham one would have seen details of the many airfields that dotted the flat country of East Anglia, and the tall towers of electronic detection apparatus that formed the first line of England’s air defences. Roads, railways, and waterways all could be found in the entries, written in shorthand with secret ink and hidden behind plain cover text.

London, The German Embassy, Saturday, 11 December 1948

Walter Schellenburg sat in his office, reviewing the official press package issued to mark the commissioning ceremonies of Britain’s latest “O” class submarines, held at Chatham but two days ago. It held few details, and, thus far, his “Baker Street Irregulars” had delivered little additional information beyond that in the brief statement now on his desk. He hoped that might change as time wore on.

From his perspective the last year had seen a growth of concern in the English public regarding German intentions, highlighted by the Press frenzy over the recently concluded German fleet exercises. Pointed questions had been raised in Parliament, but the Government, focused as it was on imposing doctrinaire socialism upon a reluctant populace had taken few concrete steps. He wondered how long that situation might last.

Emder Zeitung, Sunday, 12 December 1948

The survey ship Meteor has returned to her home port following her extended explorations in the eastern Pacific Ocean.


Monday, November 12th 2018, 4:29pm

Deutsche Presse-Agentur, Monday, 13 December 1948

The Foreign Ministry has delivered a note to the Government of the United Netherlands advising that Germany will continue to require separate certificates of country of origin for products originating in the colonies and dependencies of the United Netherlands – Congo, the East Indies, etc. Despite the conclusion of the Customs Union between the Netherlands and its dependencies it is the German position that these are separate and distinct from the Netherlands proper, and are thus outside the scope of the Pan-European Trade Agreement

Light Cruiser Novara, The Gulf of Aden, 14 December 1948

After two weeks of rest and refitting in the Danish port of Berbera, Rogge had shifted his flag from Custoza to the Novara and led his squadron to sea, intent of returning to Cam Rahn Bay. The Red Sea port had little to recommend it, and despite the fact that it was nearly winter the temperatures made the ships unbearable for the crews. At least at sea there were breezes and in the shade of canvas rigged across the open areas, the decks were somewhat preferable.

Aylesbury, The Bell Hotel, 15 December 1948

Having completed his work in Oxford, Mach had planned out the next phase of his research – crossing south-eastern England by train and recording his impressions. Aylesbury was a convenient place to begin, and it was his intention to continue on to Luton and Stevenage before journeying on the Colchester. He was careful to keep up his cover as a commercial writer, eschewing carrying a camera if maintaining an avid interest in postcards. If anything, he kept list of places of interest for future reference.