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Yesterday, 12:47am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Berlin, The Ministry of Economics, Wednesday, 28 January 1948 Otto von Hapsburg pondered the discussions at the cabinet meeting the previous day. Dehler had informed it that by all reports the power of the Left was rising in Italy, with a series of small strikes crippling the output from Italian industry. The statistics of his ministry told their own story – Italian industrial production was down more than five percent, and the lira was depreciating at a rate that had bankers worried. While Germ...

Thursday, April 27th 2017, 1:10am

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events, 1948

Novosti News Service, Belgrade, Tuesday, 20 January 1948 It was announced today that an agreement has been reached with the French Government regarding the purchase of Dassault Ouragan II fighter aircraft for the Royal Yugoslav Air Force. Specifics of the number involved have not yet been released, but the Air Force has requirements in excess of two hundred aircraft to succeed the Soko Orao in the day interceptor role. The Yugoslav Embassy, Damascus, Monday, 26 January 1948 Lieutenant Colonel Ja...

Wednesday, April 26th 2017, 3:04am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

The Inspection Ship Goldener Löwe, 5 dgs 0 min North, 15 dgs 3 min West, Sunday, 25 January 1948 After ten days on station and conducting three successful tests of the forschungsballon sounding rocket, the Goldener Löwe was headed home. The scientists aboard were already busy poring over the data they had obtained about the upper atmosphere, and it was quite clear that the fixes made to the apparatus had cured the problem of launch failures. The programme of upper atmospheric research could now ...

Monday, April 24th 2017, 10:35pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1948

Jenaro Herrera, Loreto, 24 January 1948 A bevy of dignitaries had arrived from Iquitos – and from Lima – to mark this important day in the life of the town of Jenaro Herrera. A law had been signed creating a new district in the province of Requena, and Capitán Manuel Gordon Magne was very pleased that the settlement he had founded was now to be the chief town of its namesake district. What this might mean in practice was anyone’s guess – but for the moment the town was filled with joy. And work ...

Monday, April 24th 2017, 1:00am

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, 1948

Gatwick Aerodrome, London, Thursday, 29 January 1948 The BOAC Hermes thundered down the runway and lurched into the air, its engines clawing for altitude. Guy Maunsell regretted that the new Bristol Britannias were confined, for the moment, to the trans-Atlantic routes. But his mission to the Philippines was now under way, and when the aircraft reached its flight level and the cabin staff began to circulate he took out his copy of Fodor’s Guide to the Orient, and began to study the country to wh...

Sunday, April 23rd 2017, 1:04am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Kieler Nachrichten, Thursday, 22 January 1948 The aircraft carriers Tegetthoff and Zieten were completed today at the naval dockyards here; the ceremonies marking their completion were attended by many dignitaries, including the Minister of Defence, Herr Blank. Both vessels now enter their trials and training phase and are expected to join the fleet in the early summer. Berlin, Abwehr Headquarters, Friday, 23 January 1948 The coded cable from the residenz in Baghdad spoke of the declaration of m...

Saturday, April 22nd 2017, 1:35am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Berliner Morgenpost, Monday, 19 January 1948 Jagdgeschwader 25, at Berlin-Gatow, has begun conversion to the Bf329 jet interceptor, replacing the unit’s complement of Focke Wulf Fw190D aircraft. It is expected that other units will begin conversion to the new type as production ramps up. Emder Zeitung, Tuesday, 20 January 1948 The air defence destroyers Osnabruck and Dortmund were completed today in the Deschimag shipyards at Hamburg. They will now embark on their trials and working up, and are ...

Friday, April 21st 2017, 1:24am

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1948

Diario Oficial El Peruano (Lima), 18 January 1948 The Ministry of Defense has announced the formation of a corps of parachute troops, the Batallón de Fuerzas Especiales. Training of recruits has begun at the Escuela de Paracaidistas, Ayacucho. Lima, The American Embassy, 22 January 1948 William Pawley was in no small manner perturbed; initially he had hoped that Peru’s new government would eventually turn to the United States for investment capital; and, to a degree, it had. But the Odría govern...

Thursday, April 20th 2017, 2:38am

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, 1948

Camp Tecson, San Miguel, Bulacan, Monday, 26 January 1948 Newly frocked Lieutenant Colonel Antonio Ilustrisimo considered that for only two months of existence the Scout Ranger Regiment was coming along well enough – but he knew that far more work had to be done before he could even consider committing his men to any sort of action. Most of them had basic knowledge of eskrima – the art of fighting with sticks and knives – and he had recruited his best men from the back-streets of Cebu City himse...

Tuesday, April 18th 2017, 11:14pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Kieler Nachrichten, Friday, 16 January 1948 The air defence destroyers Hamburg and Berlin have completed their operational training and will depart tomorrow to join the Atlantic Fleet at Wilhelmshaven. Oberösterreichische Rundschau, Saturday, 17 January 1948 The second of hydro-electric power station of the Ostmärkische Draukraftwerke AG, at Kellerburg, was completed yesterday, and joins the recently finished station at Lavamünd. Each of the completed stations are expected to generate forty mega...

Monday, April 17th 2017, 10:18pm

Author: BruceDuncan

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1948

Speaking OOC of course, Quoted … The existence of the Germanic influence remaining in the Kongolese political elite offered little hope given the Germans had gone firmly towards a Republic. I am not entirely certain of the meaning of this statement, and the following is probably not relevant to the Kongo situation, but while the Reich operates as a parliamentary democracy with an elected president as head of state, the old German (and Austrian) nobility, is alive, well, and able to play an activ...

Friday, April 14th 2017, 10:56pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events, 1948

Report of the Hungarian Military Attaché, Belgrade, Thursday, 15 January 1948 Reports that the Yugoslav navy intends to create an amphibious force to operate in the Adriatic have been confirmed; two landing ships have been laid down and my sources indicate that as many as eight units are to be constructed. Further, two examples of a larger supply ship – which could support amphibious operations once a lodgement has been made – are also being built. In the coastal waters of the Adriatic such craf...

Thursday, April 13th 2017, 8:22pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, 1948

The Philippine Embassy, 6-8 Suffolk Street, London, Thursday, 22 January 1948 Having made discrete inquiries to the Foreign Office and elicited no objections, Guy Maunsell had contacted the Philippine embassy in response to their inquiry; in turn, they had asked him to visit the embassy to further discuss the nature of their proposal. Thus it was that he found himself seated with Don Jaime Zobel de Ayala, the ambassador of the Philippines to the Court of St. James’s and with Ramon Magsaysay; aft...

Thursday, April 13th 2017, 1:11am

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Artillery School Ship Brummer, Warnemünde, Thursday, 15 January 1948 The winter whipped across the deck of the Brummer as the latest group of German sea cadets prepared to receive their formal promotions in preparation for departing the training ship. For Gennady Alekseevich Alexandrov, witnessing this, he was filled with a mixture of feelings. He had worked closely with some of these cadets, they had been his mess-mates – he would miss them. But he took pride in the fact that he and his fellow ...

Saturday, April 8th 2017, 11:08pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Berlin, The Cabinet Meeting Room, Tuesday, 13 January 1948 “Herr Chancellor,” said Dehler, the Foreign Minister, “I have received a second note from the Italian ambassador protesting, as it reads, “Germany’s wilful arming of power unfriendly to Italy and further destabilising the balance of power in the Balkans”. Adenauer raised an eyebrow. “All this is over three Arado bombers? Of which only one has been delivered to date?” “Yes Herr Chancellor,” Dehler replied, with muted exasperation in his v...

Saturday, April 8th 2017, 12:17am

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, 1948

Finsbury Circus, The City of London, Friday, 16 January 1948 Guy Maunsell pondered the letter that had arrived in the morning’s post. It was from the Philippine legation on Suffolk Street, and inquired whether he might be willing to accept an offer to serve as a consultant for the Philippines in certain matters of coastal defense. He knew, of course, of the massive engineering efforts under way in that nation to fortify the Spratly Islands – or, as the press spoke of it – to improve aids to navi...

Friday, April 7th 2017, 9:01pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Chilean News, 1947

Quoted from "Brockpaine" Quoted from "BruceDuncan" Is the F5E fighter aircraft what I believe it to be? ;) The F5E is the ENAER license-built Focke-Wulf Fw.340. I suspected that was indeed the case. :D

Friday, April 7th 2017, 6:49pm

Author: BruceDuncan

French News, 1947

Quoted from "Rooijen10" Hmmm... surprises me that the "anonymous source" was not found dead the next day, having 'accidentally' cut off his head while shaving... It is the Italian way after all. :) No, the Italian way is to sit down in the barber's chair for the shave and to be 'accidently' shot, multiple times, by several assailants, whom no one noticed.

Friday, April 7th 2017, 5:40pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Chilean News, 1947

Is the F5E fighter aircraft what I believe it to be? ;)

Thursday, April 6th 2017, 1:03am

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1948

El Comercio (Lima), 7 January 1948 The firm Enrique Ferreyros y Compañia has reached an exclusive agency agreement with the Argentine car manufacturer Auto-Union Argentinas S.A. of Santa Rosa to market the latter’s product on the Peruvian market. The news has been greeted with enthusiasm by the public.