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Sunday, May 21st 2017, 4:24pm

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1948

21 February In the city hall the delegates gathered in the main chamber. Leading the Dutch contingent is Staatssecretaris of Foreign Affairs Louis J.M. Beel and a group of ten senior civil servants from both the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Colonial Affairs, the Law Office and the Royal Household. Representing the King is his Policy Charge d’Affaires Willem van Rappard. The Kongolese contingent is led by State Minister Josef Mobuku, who is ably supported by nine civil servants an...

Sunday, May 21st 2017, 10:42am

Author: Hood

Belgian Ships for 1947

The new light cruiser Westdiep could easily provide AA support and close-range protection from surface threats. The carrier would act as back up for the six Spa Class escorts, it could form an ASW hunting group with a light cruiser and four escorts. Of course such a vessel implies either implies a strategy of forming a specific ASW support unit to assist the Dutch in times of war or a more expansive policy beyond the confines of the North Sea. Just think if those gyrocopters carried men instead ...

Saturday, May 20th 2017, 5:58pm

Author: Hood

Belgian Ships for 1947

The other crazy choice for the Belgian instead of subs is to join the Carrier Club. This small carrier would be for ASW and fleet support and her airgroup would be unique in WW in being composed entirely of armed Gyrodynes like this: To this end the carrier would have one large lift aft near the quarterdeck and no need for catapults etc. She would be fitted with sonar and radar to enable her to hunt various targets. Wandelaar, Belgium Aircraft Carrier laid down 1948 Displacement: 8,994 t light; ...

Saturday, May 20th 2017, 10:30am

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

12 February The Maudsley Hospital Medical School, founded in 1924, today changed its name to the Institute of Psychiatry, with Aubrey Lewis appointed to the inaugural Chair of Psychiatry. 16 February Police in Baghdad raided the premises of the Al-Asas (The Foundation) daily newspaper which had recently been founded by the Iraqi Communist Party. The newspaper was edited by well-known lawyer and communist leader, Sharif ash-Sheikh. The newspaper has now been banned by the government. 20 February ...

Saturday, May 20th 2017, 10:24am

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1948

9 February Phillips has further expanded its international business with the announcement today that its new subsidiary Philips Hong Kong has begun trading, importing a variety of lamps and radios to Hong Kong and the Chinese market. 17 February In Yemen the Alwazirs seeking to seize power from the ruling dynasty attempted to assassinate Imam Yahya today. The assassin, known as Al-Qardaei, from the Bani Murad tribe attempted to shoot the Imam but a Dutch bodyguard managed to wrestle the man to t...

Monday, May 15th 2017, 10:02am

Author: Hood

Argentine Ships for 1949

Beyond those brash Brazilians and those cheeky Chileans I can't think of another more likely threat than the SAE within range to worry about. Maybe I'll do a crazy Falklands invasion before WW ends just for the kicks!

Sunday, May 14th 2017, 3:32pm

Author: Hood

Royal Navy Ships for 1948

The basic Scylla Class cruisers will receive a modest refresh this year. Scylla Class, Great Britain Light Cruiser laid down 1935 Displacement: 6,520 t light; 6,814 t standard; 7,432 t normal; 7,927 t full load Dimensions: Length overall / water x beam x draught 556.65 ft / 545.00 ft x 56.60 ft x 16.60 ft (normal load) 169.67 m / 166.12 m x 17.25 m x 5.06 m Armament: 9 - 6.00" / 152 mm guns (3x3 guns), 112.00lbs / 50.80kg shells, 1935 Model Breech loading guns in turrets (on barbettes) on centre...

Sunday, May 14th 2017, 10:54am

Author: Hood

Argentine Ships for 1949

You are probably correct in some aspects. I can't remember now if Argentina purchased the P Class plans back in the 30s but certainly the Navy had planned to build local-built examples with more range with a longer hull. They have taken the Ps to war and have had wide experience with them and know them inside out. The smaller two training subs have been used for eight years. So that is where the experience is. The new Japanese S Class is still somewhat new and although I guess some access to the...

Saturday, May 13th 2017, 10:25am

Author: Hood

Argentine Ships for 1949

Next year Argentina will also begin a more ambitious programme, a home-grown submarine. Heavily based on the two German classes acquired in the late 1930s and early 40s the Project 724 is a training submarine to replace the current two ex-German subs. Probably only one will be built. Project 724 Capitan de Valles Class Date: 1949 Coastal Armament: - Guns: 1x 20mm M1941 - Torpedoes: 4x 21in torpedo tubes (all fore) - Mines: 8 (simming 4x reload torpedoes) Electric HP: 3,000hp Diesel HP: 1,500hp C...

Saturday, May 13th 2017, 10:23am

Author: Hood

Noticias Argentinas 1948

8 February Erhard Milch, Technical Director of Research and Development at the Instituto Aerotechico outlined for the government today the forthcoming imports of aircraft for the air forces of Argentina. All are British types, some are repeat orders and some are new types. The order book includes three additional BCAC Freighters for the Air Force, who will also receive twelve Gloster Meteor Trainers (to be designated T-07). The Prefectura Naval Argentina will receive nine de Havilland DH.104 T-0...

Saturday, May 13th 2017, 10:21am

Author: Hood

Belgian News 1948

8 February A terrible bus accident in Warsage in the province of Liege has left 24 passengers dead, police are currently investigating the cause of the accident. 12 February The Finance Ministry has confirmed that the Navy's plans for a repeat world tour this year have been refused approval on the basis of high cost. It has emerged that with the change-over to oil fuel from coal that the Navy has been hamstrung by a lack of oil fuel reserves and last year's voyage used a large portion of the fue...

Saturday, May 13th 2017, 10:16am

Author: Hood

Ships for World Tsar Michael version 7

Nice work, nice to see you back again with such nice drawings.

Sunday, May 7th 2017, 10:45am

Author: Hood

Argentine Ships for 1949

Fleet support remains the main emphasis of the construction programme as the fleet is already well served with modern warships and only a few refits of older ships are intended to modernise their AA defences and add radar. The two main fleet support ships are tankers and MTB tenders. The Project 723 vessel is an MTB tender, designed to support a flotilla away from their home base, hidden in a Patagonian cove. She has enough torpedoes and fuel to keep the MTBs topped up and has workshops for mino...

Saturday, May 6th 2017, 10:23am

Author: Hood

M48 Medium Tank “Kurjak”

Looking at other tanks within the 37-39 tonnes ballpark the design seems reasonable. I guess Yugoslavia would now be looking to a 90mm gun to counter the heavy tanks the Italians possess.

Monday, May 1st 2017, 1:47pm

Author: Hood

Moving Forward

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? Just want to know as I might drawn up some 1950 reports where I can to save time later on. I see no reason why we can't get a full year of use from SS during 1950 and logically 31 December 1950 would be the last date. Technically given SS doesn't have incremental improvements every year, but every couple...

Sunday, April 30th 2017, 2:57pm

Author: Hood

Netherlands Ships for 1949

The four Ameland Class cruisers built in the 1920s but refitted in 1940 with new machinery in an attempt to improve the armour are getting long in the tooth and need replacing. In 1949 four new light cruisers will be laid down to replace them. The Province II Class is very similar to the Province Class of 1945 but the new Cockerill 90mm automatic twin mount is fitted in C, X and two beam positions and the 57mm guns have been replaced with just 40mm. The new Hazemeyer V mount is effectively an OT...

Sunday, April 30th 2017, 12:25pm

Author: Hood

Project 722 Landing Ship Tank

Project 722 Class, Argentina Landing Ship Tank laid down 1948 Displacement: 2,644 t light; 2,721 t standard; 3,209 t normal; 3,599 t full load Dimensions: Length overall / water x beam x draught 347.84 ft / 344.49 ft x 55.12 ft x 9.84 ft (normal load) 106.02 m / 105.00 m x 16.80 m x 3.00 m Armament: 1 - 4.53" / 115 mm guns in single mounts, 55.12lbs / 25.00kg shells, 1933 Model Dual purpose gun in a deck mount with hoist on centreline aft 4 - 1.46" / 37.0 mm guns (2x2 guns), 1.55lbs / 0.70kg she...

Sunday, April 30th 2017, 12:24pm

Author: Hood

Project 721 - ARA Libertad

Project 721, Argentina Aircraft Carrier laid down 1948 Displacement: 16,025 t light; 16,565 t standard; 19,112 t normal; 21,150 t full load Dimensions: Length overall / water x beam x draught 705.18 ft / 688.98 ft x 96.78 ft x 18.37 ft (normal load) 214.94 m / 210.00 m x 29.50 m x 5.60 m Armament: 8 - 5.04" / 128 mm guns (4x2 guns), 64.00lbs / 29.03kg shells, 1947 Model Automatic rapid fire guns in deck mounts with hoists on side ends, evenly spread, all raised mounts - superfiring 12 - 2.17" / ...

Saturday, April 29th 2017, 6:27pm

Author: Hood

Belgian Submarine Design Competition

Actually I can probably relax the Type 0 requirement and that makes things a little easier. I think 0 = coastal is correct for this sim as subsim automatically sets the crush depth to 225m, which fits the Belgian requirements. 1 = 317.5 crush depth which is more than I require. So the structure weight should be correct for a sub only intended for operational in shallow waters. The Dutch have proposed the following: Belgian Destructeur de Sous-Marin Class Date: 1948 Coastal Armament: - Guns: none...

Saturday, April 29th 2017, 6:06pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

27 January This morning the Central Committee of the Communist Party in Baghdad was arrested in a police raid and several thousand copies of inflammatory leaflets ceased. Students and workers gathered to protest and a large group attempted to cross the bridge into West Baghdad where they would meet with students and the Schalchiyyah rail workers. In Al-Rasafa, the police opened fire on a group of Communists, killing four. The Communist protestors turned back as several Independence Party support...