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Monday, September 21st 2020, 9:13pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1949

El Comercio (Lima), 15 November 1949 The salvage tug Morales was launched today in the shipyard at Callao. When complete she will supplement the elderly Consuela-class tugs present used for offshore work.

Sunday, September 20th 2020, 1:57am

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events 1949

Novosti News Services, Bar, Saturday, 12 November 1949 The two minesweepers building here for the Royal Yugoslav Navy were completed and commissioned here as the Paučko and Humci respectively. The third and fourth ships of the Project 1949 Theta class, they follow their sisters Alagovac and Modrac. Following builders’ trials and operational training, they are expected to join the fleet early next year.

Saturday, September 19th 2020, 1:24am

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events 1949

Naval Operating Base Butuan, Wednesday, 9 November 1949 Cayetano Arellano, President of the Council of Ministers, had flown down from Manila for the occasion, the formal commissioning of four new ocean escorts for the Navy. The Numancia, the Magallanes, the Canalejas, and the Casco would significantly increase the Fleet’s ability to defend the nation against the ever-present Chinese threat. His set speech he knew by heart, and could deliver it with enthusiasm, particularly here with the crowd of...

Friday, September 18th 2020, 8:26pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Kleine Zeitung, Monday, 7 November 1949 The infantry landing ships Schweinesand and Lühesand were completed today in the Wien shipyards. Following their builders’ trials they will transit the national canal system to the Baltic, where they will undergo operational training. Berlin, The Cabinet Meeting Room, Tuesday, 8 November 1949 Foreign Minister Dehler continued with his report, “According to our ambassador the French have no immediate objections to our seeking to establish diplomatic relatio...

Thursday, September 17th 2020, 2:32am

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, November 1949

Diario Oficial El Peruano (Lima), 6 November 1949 The logistics support vessel Pacamayo was completed today in the Callao shipyard of the Servicios Industriales de la Marina, Callao. The Pacamayo is intended to transport heavy, outsized loads in support of development projects in the north of the country, particularly in the Lambayeque, Piura, and Tumbes regions. A sister vessel, the Alcamarina, is presently under construction with the expectation of completing next year.

Wednesday, September 16th 2020, 2:21pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Manama, Bahrain, Friday, 4 November 1949 René Belloq could not dismiss the work of Jones and his colleagues from the University of Marburg out of hand – the evidence was too overwhelming. The city that lay beneath the tel of the Portuguese Fort yielded artefacts dating to Sumerian times – and hinted at pre-Sumerian roots. A temple complex several kilometres away suggested that perhaps the entire island of Bahrain had been thickly settled – the huge fields of burial mounds were evidence of the im...

Wednesday, September 9th 2020, 4:15pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events, November 1949

The Vicinity of Vlore, Friday, 4 November 1949 In a corner of the rural taberna Ekrem Vlora sat opposite the man he knew only as “Stjepan” and listened intently to the proposition laid before him. Ekrem’s ability to move goods across the border from Yugoslavia into Vlore had come to his visitor’s attention – alas, with the easing of tensions between Yugoslavia and the Italians in the city the profit from that trade was drying up. “Stjepan” was proposing that Ekrem go into people smuggling – help...

Sunday, September 6th 2020, 7:07pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1949

The Peruvian Times (Lima), 29 October 1949 The corvettes Ayabaca and Chulucanas were launched today at the Callao dockyard of the Servicios Industriales de la Marina, and transferred to the fitting out wharf to complete their construction, which is anticipated in the spring of next year. The fifth and sixth ships of the Huancabamba-class it is anticipated that two additional vessels will follow.

Sunday, September 6th 2020, 3:24pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, November 1949

Naval Operating Base Cavite, Thursday, 3 November 1949 The band finished with ruffles and flourishes as the Minister of Defense mounted the podium to deliver the formal address to welcome the light cruiser Benguet to the fleet. Capitaine de Corvette Couturier had followed her with interest, as he did with all the new vessels being built for the Philippine Navy. His reports to Paris characterized the Benguet and her sisters as useful, if small, compared to the cruisers being built for the Marine ...

Sunday, September 6th 2020, 1:15am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, November 1949

Berlin, The Cabinet Meeting Room, Tuesday, 1 November 1949 The Chancellor turned to Dehler, the Foreign Minister. “You’ve made the suggestion that we attempt to establish formal relations with the East African State. Why?” “Developments there need to be monitored more closely, with someone able to speak with government officials with authority and understanding.” Höcherl, the Minister of Agriculture snorted. “Understanding? They are puppets in the hands of their Italian masters.” Adenauer shot a...

Saturday, August 29th 2020, 6:30pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Coastal Escort Alpenföhn, Pillau, Friday, 28 October 1949 Arriving in Pillau Schattmann had received answers to some of his questions. A joint exercise with the Russians was in the offing, and his ship, together with others, would be taking part. The final briefing was planned for tomorrow, with departure to follow immediately. Already the landing troops scheduled to participate were mustering on the quayside with their vehicles and equipment. Air Defence Cruiser Temesvar, Warnemünde, Saturday, ...

Friday, August 28th 2020, 7:50pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Belgian News 1949

OOC: For what it is worth, the Standardpanzer Panther does not employ a torsion bar suspension. It employs Einheitslaufwerke - standardized running gear units, in which the road wheels were mounted on geared swing arms suspended against springs made of simple Belleville washers held in tubes, with a hydraulic shock absorber down the centre of each. The suspension is thus external to the vehicle - making for more room inside the hull for crew and ammunition - and can be far more readily repaired ...

Tuesday, August 25th 2020, 1:07am

Author: BruceDuncan

A Question of Philosophy

I have found some additional information that has bearing on how many rifles Laurania ought to procure and how quickly it should move towards replacing its ordnance inventory. In testimony before Congress in 1917 (before the United States entered the First World War) it was held that European armies considered it necessary to have considerable stocks of arms – one nation calculating its needs at five rifles per man, another at four rifles per man; the justification being the need for wastage, th...

Monday, August 24th 2020, 12:48am

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Coastal Escort Alpenföhn, Kiel, Sunday, 23 October 1949 Leutnant zur See Werner Schattmann checked the ship’s log to confirm his memory – it had been little more than two months since the Alpenföhn had left the Baltic for her assignment in the North Sea – now she was returning, along with her sister Höllentäler, with orders to convoy a group of assault craft to Pillau. It was the role for which his ship had been designed and built, and he had been given to understand that another in the series o...

Monday, August 24th 2020, 12:29am

Author: BruceDuncan

RE: New Medium Tank Competition

Quoted from "M_Fredi" The greek army is in need of replace its old medium tanks. I am thinking on the Centurion (if the british government agree), but feel free of change mind with any other design. This tanks would have been adquiere somewhen between 1945 and 1948. The total number of tanks needed would be of 240 but a few more could be requested to have some repair parts. The German Heer is willing to make available refurbished Standardpanzer Panther at reasonable cost. Deliveries can be made...

Saturday, August 22nd 2020, 9:25pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Die Welt Am Sonntag, Sunday, 30 October 1949 The drums of war sound ever louder in the Horn of Africa. Waddaniyin rebels in Danish Somaliland attempted to seize the city of Hargeisa, but were beaten off Danish méharistes (top, left) assisted by a mobile column from the French garrison at Djibouti under the command of Capitaine Christophe Diamond of the Legion etranger (top, right). Though the joint operation was successful – more than two hundred casualties were inflicted upon the rebels and an ...

Thursday, August 20th 2020, 9:41pm

Author: BruceDuncan

RE: RE: RE: RE: A Question

Quoted from "Brockpaine" Quoted from "BruceDuncan" I am glad to hear that his output is improving. I shall have to see if I can find some of his more recent work and reconsider my opinions. I'd recommend his introduction videos (for instance, this one or this one) rather than his livestreams. Dr. Clarke views the introduction videos as a "lecture" whereas the livestreams are a lot more loosely-organized - viewers asking questions (sometimes very off-topic) and getting answers, so on and so fort...

Wednesday, August 19th 2020, 4:36pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Kleine Zeitung, Friday, 28 October 1949 The music world mourns the death of the noted Bohemian composer Jaroslav Labský, composer of numerous marches for the Imperial and Royal Army and most notably for the march Olympiáda. Der Tagesspiegel, Saturday, 29 October 1949 The Kriegsmarine’s Detachierte Division, comprising the cruisers Nürnberg and Leipzig and consorts, under the command of Kommodore Wilhelm Rollman, returned to Wilhelmshaven today following the completion of its extended cruise to t...

Tuesday, August 18th 2020, 11:05am

Author: BruceDuncan

A Question of Philosophy

I agree with your assessment of the British data, though I believe that the 1938 numbers pertain to the beginning of production of the No.4 Enfield rifle. I wish I could find the relevant French production numbers. The closest I could come to was an item from Wiki indicating that the French had 250,000 MAS-36 rifles in the spring of 1940 - with production starting in 1937 that would indicate an average of about 6,800 rifles a month. I did find the numbers for the Schmidt Rubins, and they are som...

Monday, August 17th 2020, 6:34pm

Author: BruceDuncan

A Question of Philosophy

Time for a “How much is enough” question for a thought experiment. ‘Laurania’ needs to replace its aging small arms that date from well before the War of 1914-1918. Due to the priorities accorded to other ordnance and other common factors, the design of a new infantry rifle is not available for several years, and the new equipment is not ready to enter production until the early 1930s. So, how quickly do the rifles come off the production line? As an example, I have consulted the official Statis...