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Today, 3:12am

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, 1948

Quoted from "Rooijen10" Well, they should sell it to a reliable nation that does not sell any ships like Japan. :) Japan bought the Indian submarine Sangadila, the Indian cruisers Hyderabad and Bangalore and the Chosen carrier Chosen and they are still in service of the Japanese navy and not sold on to some other nation (and they never will). You are making an offer? :whistling:

Today, 12:17am

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, 1948

Balintawak, Manila, Thursday, 19 February 1948 Andreas Soriano slammed his fist on his desk and swore. “We cannot have a repeat of the Lagonoy Affair!” The memorandum before him reported that the Navy was considering the disposal of the small aircraft carrier Linguyen; she had been built in the days of SATSUMA, a prototype for a series of small, cheap vessels that would provide air support for an invasion of the Dutch East Indies. That concept had fallen in the face of the differences between th...

Saturday, May 20th 2017, 6:43pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Belgian Ships for 1947

How would this vessel operate with the other elements of the Belgian fleet? Or, more importantly, how would the other elements operate with it?

Saturday, May 20th 2017, 5:13pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

London, The German Embassy, Saturday, 7 February 1948 Schellenburg read the report from his agent Walser with interest. The man played cards frequently with friends at the Portland Club, where he was able to pick up useful titbits of information, and Walser was particular adept at using the fixer Sidney Stanley; the latter still claimed to have important contacts inside the British Government. “According to Stanley,” the report read, “the British Government is aghast at the prospect of interveni...

Wednesday, May 17th 2017, 1:15am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Frigate Gefion, 6 dgs 26 min North, 94 dgs 13 min East, Wednesday, 4 February 1948 For the men of the frigates Gefion and Hela, their mission to the Arabian Sea was a welcome change to their normal routine, though their officers looked upon things differently; if things truly blew up in the Persian Gulf two frigates would be able to accomplish little. In the wireless rooms of both ships a round-the-clock watch was kept- not only for communications from the Admiralstab and Radio Berlin, but the B...

Friday, May 12th 2017, 2:16am

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Marinestützpunkt Warnemünde, Sunday, 1 February 1948 Konteradmiral Siegfried Engel looked at the report detailing the ships presently attached to the Lehr Division and sighed. “So many ships,” he thought. “The Baltic is barely large enough to hold them in winter”. And there was truth to his thought. While the recently completed air defence destroyers Osnabruck and Dortmund would be replacing the departed Hamburg and Berlin, the imminent arrival of the air defence cruisers Lissa and Saida – to sa...

Thursday, May 11th 2017, 1:27am

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, 1948

The Daily Guardian (Iloilo), Friday, 13 February 1948 The naval shipyard at Butuan was a hive of activity today as work was completed on the minelayers Caloocan and San Pablo, while elsewhere in the yard the escort destroyers Malabacat and Morong slid down the ways and were towed to the yard’s fitting-out wharf, where work on them will continue. Scarborough Station, Sunday, 15 February 1948 Guy Maunsell’s brief to recommend improved coast defenses for the Philippine authorities did not officiall...

Saturday, May 6th 2017, 11:36pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, 1948

Naval Air Station Cavite, Monday, 9 February 1948 After several days of meetings with Philippine officials to determine the actual intent of their desires for improved coastal defenses, Guy Maunsell found himself at the Philippine Navy’s principal aerodrome to begin a tour of inspection – one predicted to last several days at least. His clients were certainly not skimping on things – he would be departing on one of the Philippine Navy’s recently-delivered Beriev Be-4 amphibians – a sleek twin-tu...

Saturday, May 6th 2017, 12:35am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, February 1948

Bremer Nachrichten, Sunday, 1 February 1948 Keels of the last pair of air defence cruisers on order for the Kriegsmarine, the Szina and Temesvar, were laid down today – the former at Kiel and the latter at Cuxhaven. Intended to screen carrier task groups against air attack, these vessels are expected to complete in the spring of next year. Münchener Post, Monday, 2 February 1948 The Commercial Registrar reports the formation of a new firm devoted to the development and manufacture of plastics fo...

Friday, May 5th 2017, 12:45am

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events, February 1948

Novosti News Service, Belgrade, Monday, 2 February 1948 The floating dry dock completed at the port of Bar last December has left under tow for its ultimate destination, the naval base at Durrës. It is expected to arrive there later this month, and become operational in the early summer.

Thursday, May 4th 2017, 8:59pm

Author: BruceDuncan

M48 Medium Tank “Kurjak”

Posted here for peer review. Prototype expected to appear in spring of 1948, with production commencing sometime in 1949. General Crew: 5 (Commander, gunner, loader, driver, radio operator) Battle Weight: 38,500 kilograms Length: 9.2 metres Width: 3.5 metres Height: 3.0 metres Engine: Skoda V-12 diesel, 700 horsepower Power/weight ratio: 18.18 horsepower/tonne Armament: Main: 90mm Schneider CN-90 mle 42 m47 F2 Coaxial: 7.92mm M32 Bow: 7.92mm M32 Fire Control: Graduated target position indicator...

Thursday, May 4th 2017, 2:48am

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, February 1948

Naval Operating Base Cavite, Monday, 2 February 1948 Kapitein-luitenant ter Zee Eugène Lacomblé riffled through the notes he had made during his most recent tour of Mindanao and sought to organize them before drafting his latest report to Batavia. An invitation to attend the ceremonies marking the completion of the submarines Columbina and Chen at the Butuan naval dockyard had been a useful excuse to make an in-depth report on that busy facility. No fewer than eight of the Philippine Navy’s late...

Tuesday, May 2nd 2017, 10:57pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Kronen Zeitung, Friday, 30 January 1948 Details have been released of the most recent project of Doctor Alexander Lippisch of the Luftfahrtforschungsanstalt Wien. An unpowered glider, the single-seat craft has a length of 6.32 meters, a height of 3.25 meters, and a delta-planform wing spanning 6 meters, with a total area of approximately 19 square meters. Its empty weight is 375 kilograms, and its gross weight 460 kilograms. In extensive testing at the Erprobungsstelle Rechlin near Berlin it ach...

Monday, May 1st 2017, 3:54pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Moving Forward

Quoted from "Brockpaine" Quoted from "Hood" A quick question to everyone. Assuming the oft quoted 1950 end date for the sim, based on the last date setting in Springsharp, would I be assuming that the last quarter of play will be Q4/1950? I've been presuming so as well. Though technically, I wouldn't mind playing through the 1950s if we could agree on some house rules for the technological advancements that start appearing in that era (missiles, helicopters, etc). The question is whether or not...

Friday, April 28th 2017, 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 ...