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Yesterday, 11:19pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Operation Concert (11)

Lemsi, Sanglaid Island, Wednesday, 2 November 1949 It was mid-afternoon when von Mellenthin arrived in Lemsi with his tactical headquarters. On the whole he was pleased with the progress for the day. The fishing port of Lemsi had been secured by Bataillon 307 and already marinefährprahm were landing supplies for the brigade’s continued advance. Perov had attached himself to the German commander and already had made many mental notes for his report to Captain Korotayev. “Colonel, will you continu...

Thursday, October 29th 2020, 12:40am

Author: BruceDuncan

Operation Concert (10)

Raeküla, Pernau, Wednesday, 2 November 1949 The village of Raeküla was little more than a collection of cottages that bordered the junction of several trackways, but it was the objective of the 153rd Naval Infantry Brigade – one that should have been in their hands several hours ago. However, the difficulties of negotiating their vehicles through the forest, discovering that their maps did not match the road signs that sent the advance elements to the four winds, and unexpected road blocks had c...

Tuesday, October 27th 2020, 2:13am

Author: BruceDuncan

And now for something entirely different...

In memory of the departed Red Admiral - the Breda-Zappata B.Z.308

Monday, October 26th 2020, 3:08pm

Author: BruceDuncan

And now for something entirely different...

Further adventures in French aviation - SNCASO SO.9000 Trident I & SO.9050 Trident II

Monday, October 26th 2020, 1:27am

Author: BruceDuncan

Dassault Ouragan

This is not footage taken by the Abwehr. But it could be. :D

Sunday, October 25th 2020, 2:05am

Author: BruceDuncan

Operation Concert (9)

Large Landing Craft Stepan Novikov, Gulf of Parnu, Wednesday, 2 November 1949 With the majority of the 153rd Brigade ashore Captain First Rank Korotayev’s responsibilities devolved to assuring that the follow-on waves of naval infantry reached the Red Beach 2 in the order requested by General Shokalsky, and coordinating the efforts of the naval support group under Captain Second Rank Pavel Alexandrov. While progress ashore was being made the reports reaching the Stepan Novikov indicated that the...

Saturday, October 24th 2020, 1:02am

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1949

Iquitos, Loreto, 20 November 1949 Consul Joaquim Nabuco looked down from the window of the consulate with a modicum of disdain on the newly arrived freighter Chimu as she loaded at the wharf along the river. She flew the Nordish flag but she was under charter to the Peruvian Naviera Amazonica – inaugurating its direct service to the upper Amazon from the United States. In a few months the Naviera Amazonica would take delivery of the first of its own freighters and the flag of Peru would bring th...

Friday, October 23rd 2020, 1:10am

Author: BruceDuncan

Operation Concert (8)

Rootsiküla, Sanglaid Island, Wednesday, 2 November 1949 Oberst Friedrich von Mellenthin had established his headquarters in the village hall, having first obtained permission from the rector of the parish council. His lead elements were marching northward along the road to the village of Lemsi, and he expected that it would be secured before noon. At the moment his biggest headaches were the marshy ground that kept his troops confined to established tracks and the slow pace at which his construc...

Thursday, October 22nd 2020, 3:12am

Author: BruceDuncan

Operation Concert (7)

Vicinity of Reiu, Wednesday, 2 November 1949 Reaching the road to the village of Reiu was not the end of the problems that would confront the leading elements of the 153rd Naval Infantry Brigade. The road – or more correctly a narrow forest track, was barely wide enough for a single infantry carrier, while the accompanying T-45 tanks kept knocking into trees, slowing their progress as well as the pace of any vehicle behind them. Worse yet, in the haste to reach their objectives two columns of ve...

Tuesday, October 20th 2020, 7:03pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Operation Concert (6)

Advanced Base Ship Coronel, Gulf of Parnu, Wednesday, 2 November 1949 Officially Vize-admiral August Becker was merely an observer for this exercise – command of Einzatzgruppe 71.3 was vested in Konteradmiral Arthur Hoffmann – but every man on the Coronel’s bridge was aware of the Becker’s close interest in progress of the landings. The flow of reports form units ashore and from the ships gathered in the bay flowed into the ship’s operationszentrale where they were translated into maps, charts, ...

Tuesday, October 20th 2020, 4:18am

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Quoted from "Brockpaine" Aha, I see "the Variag" has entered the equation. It's a good thing we don't have any Manchurian troops! Be thankful he only has a dozen Spetsnaz. Imagine the havoc if the entirety of the 35th Rifles was at his back...

Monday, October 19th 2020, 7:53pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Operation Concert (5)

Red Beach Two, near Reiu, Wednesday, 2 November 1949 Major General Georgiy Shokalsky had not wasted time following up his assault troops ashore. Around him communications troops were erecting additional signal masts to supplement the radio equipment of his TB-42 infantry carrier. Somewhere he could hear the loud purring of a mobile generator – and he expected to have lights soon to permit him to better evaluate the present situation. The reports coming from his front-line commanders indicated th...

Saturday, October 17th 2020, 1:44am

Author: BruceDuncan

Operation Concert (4)

Assault Landing Ship Kampenwerder, Gulf of Parnu, Wednesday, 2 November 1949 Bootsmann Kurt Biesalski could not make out the shore of the island ahead of them in the pre-dawn gloom. Sangelaid stood but a few meters above sea level, and the trees of its forest seemed to come all the way down to the shore – no sandy beach to give an indication where sea stopped and land began. He hoped that the officers on the bridge had a better view. Biesalski and his trio of companions from Bau-Abteilung 313 ha...

Thursday, October 15th 2020, 3:41am

Author: BruceDuncan

And now for something entirely different...

In my previous career I was a logistician of sorts, and logistics has always been an interest of mine, in real life and in Wesworld. I found a video that illustrates the challenges - the floating harbors of D-Day

Sunday, October 11th 2020, 2:08pm

Author: BruceDuncan

And now for something entirely different...

And let's not overlook ths interesting history of the Saab J21 fighter aircraft.

Saturday, October 10th 2020, 11:15pm

Author: BruceDuncan

And now for something entirely different...

And for those whose interests lay beneath the skies, a history of the Royal Netherlands Indies Army - the KNIL

Saturday, October 10th 2020, 9:58pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Happy Birthday, Wes!

Quoted from "thesmilingassassin" Thanks Brock and Bruce. Turning 47 (yikes) now. Watch it young'un... you're making me feel old. I'll have to yell at you to get off my lawn! :D

Saturday, October 10th 2020, 7:45pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Happy Birthday, Wes!

Yes indeed. Happy Birthday Wes.

Saturday, October 10th 2020, 6:54pm

Author: BruceDuncan

And now for something entirely different...

Quoted from "Hood" Nice finds Bruce! And there are more, like the Saab J29 Tunnan

Friday, October 9th 2020, 7:29pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Operation Concert (3)

Large Landing Craft Stepan Novikov, Gulf of Parnu, Wednesday, 2 November 1949 Captain First Rank Korotayev maintained an outward air of confidence as the Novikov crept further towards shore, but within him boiled the concerns of what could go wrong, even in an exercise. Novikov’s captain had assigned a man to fathometer watch, and his reports indicated that the depth of water beneath the ship’s keel was steadily diminishing. To either side of the larger Novikov were spread out the other craft of...