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Yesterday, 1:41pm

Author: Hood

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Operation Cravat: Found Again! The pings of the German ASDIC sets hit the hull and everyone aboard Wolverine knew they had been found again. Commander Craddock turned to Lieutenant Peter Thorne, “your hunch was a good one. It looks like another group was waiting for us.” The three German ships started moving and set up a search pattern above them. Craddock ordered a standard change of depth and tight turn to try and throw the German ASDIC operators. This had little effect, the two larger ships m...

Yesterday, 1:10pm

Author: Hood

Unternehmen Donnerschlag (Operation Thunderclap)

Berlin, Wednesday 14 April Captain Alfred Burcough had an unenviable task as Britain’s Naval Attaché to Germany. At the weekend he had been stirred into action in London in response to the Kreigsmarine’s exercise. He had begun to feel like he was pestering and badgering anyone in the German foreign and military ministries that would listen to him. Everyone had fobbed him off with bland excuses that it was simply an exercise of no great importance. When he had guessed the full scale on Sunday he ...

Thursday, September 21st 2017, 1:07pm

Author: Hood

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Operation Cravat: Heading Home 13 April Having lost the Germans Craddock had managed to head north and then begin the westward voyage home. Heading back to periscope depth and snorting he hoped to put some distance between himself and the German Mehrzweckboots. Craddock was bargaining on the Germans sending a lot of resources to find and track him. He even hoped he might impair the North Sea exercises if he could distract the German's attention enough. Carefully skirting Bornholm but still stayi...

Wednesday, September 20th 2017, 5:42pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

A Conspiracy at the Barley Row? Michael Braithwaite decided to take the relatively risky step of gaining access to Mrs Thornton’s house while she and Aston were both out. The opportunity would have to be carefully chosen but even then gaining entry without detection from her neighbours wouldn’t be easy. Also, there was no guarantee that they would find anything of use. Aston was probably not likely to leave anything incriminating lying about and since it didn’t appear that he was being passed ma...

Tuesday, September 19th 2017, 3:22pm

Author: Hood

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Operation Cravat: Crashdive! 13 April As the afternoon drew on Craddock had increased speed gradually so the Wolverine was now going flat-out at 15kts on the surface, her hull cutting gracefully through the Baltic water and her Paxman diesels throbbing away merrily. The large ensign cracking in the wind seemingly distracted Craddock and he turned to a look-out behind him and ordered him to take it down. Craddock looked up at the Arado circling overhead. He hadn’t been impressed by the Germans so...

Monday, September 18th 2017, 9:07pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

To be honest I wasn't sure what the “Holy Mother Russia” item was Brock posted, it seemed more like a crazy editorial in a newspaper or a satirical piece than a formal diplomatic document!

Sunday, September 17th 2017, 1:36pm

Author: Hood

Noticias Argentinas 1948

19 April The Paraguayan Prime Minister Juan Natalicio González has arrived in Cordoba for talks with the Argentine government and to meet the President. It is expected that the talks are likely to focus on economic aid and possibly the current situation regarding the joint Argo-Paraguayan naval force on the Rio Paraguay. 22 April The Paraguayan Prime Minister Juan Natalicio González was seated in the lounge of the Conservative Party Club, after a lavish dinner the guests gathered for a cigar and...

Sunday, September 17th 2017, 1:33pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

15 April Children queued in sweet shops today to buy confectioner Rowntree's latest produce, Polo mints. These peppermint flavoured circular sweets have a hole in the middle. Copenhagen, Asiatisk Plads, Friday 16 April Sir Alec Randall, the British Ambassador to Denmark, had not been unexpecting a call from the Danish Foreign Ministry. Two days ago a coded message had been forwarded to him via the British Naval Attaché that a submarine had entered the Baltic covertly but that its cover had been ...

Saturday, September 16th 2017, 4:14pm

Author: Hood

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

HMS Wolverine, Gulf of Danzig, 54 dgs 42 min North, 19 dgs 33 min East, 13 April As the four Mehrzweckboote appeared and began their conversation with the Russians Craddock ordered a change of course to the north. There would be little to see now except for shadowing craft and he expected the four craft would tail them as far as they could. He was glad at least some German ships were left as was beginning to think they had handed all their routine work to their rugged Russian allies. Eventually ...

Saturday, September 16th 2017, 12:35pm

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1948

14 April Prime Minister Herman Loeder has called a General Election for 7 July. The election is for the Tweede Kamer (lower house). 15 April In response to the 'K34 Incident' still reverberating around the newspaper headlines and politicians speeches, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed that a member of the crew will be court-martialed for "gross negligence while on duty." The crew member has not been named.

Saturday, September 16th 2017, 12:29pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

Operation Cravat: Boarders Ahoy! Peter was looking through his binoculars at the destroyer Sokrushitelnyi when he noticed a group of sailors aboard the Russian ship lowering a whaleboat. “Sir, I think a welcoming committee is forming.” The Russian sailors rowed across the choppy sea, in the distance the drone of an aircraft could be heard. “I think they mean to board us Sir,” Peter added as they got closer. Knowles took their photograph as they approached. Craddock examined them through his bino...

Saturday, September 16th 2017, 9:58am

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

Don't worry, Craddock is facing east to show the Russian's that's where he intends to go, and at the moment he's stationary. Once his done his hospitality bit with them he'll come north and further out into the Baltic before heading back to the eastern end of the Baltic.

Friday, September 15th 2017, 3:39pm

Author: Hood

Unternehmen Donnerschlag (Operation Thunderclap)

Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, 02:00GMT, Wednesday 14 April The room was thick with cigar smoke and although the hour was late their host was still in fine fettle. He slouched back in the large leather chair in his romper suit, grasping a cigar in one hand and a glass of brandy in the other. “I can’t understand these Socialists, they are so weak. The Hun romps up and down the North Sea as though it was his personal yachting lake and the government does nothing.” “That’s hardly fair Winston, word ...

Friday, September 15th 2017, 2:50pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

Operation Cravat: Hound or Fox? 13 April Commander Craddock ordered the boat levelled out at 80 feet. The destroyers were still on their trail, the pings audible against the hull plating. It seemed the Russians, if they were Russians, were well organised and were working as a pack. “Port motor astern, turn hard-a-port,” he wasn’t about to give up yet. The Wolverine turned tightly. “Should we release some ‘fizzers’ Sir?” Peter asked, standing by the control panel. Craddock shook his head, “No. No...

Thursday, September 14th 2017, 1:15pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

Operation Cravat: Dectection! 13 April HMS Wolverine was still cruising along the Baltic coast heading east. Craddock had been hunting for the Germans. The two radio operators had been busy, picking up all kinds of radio signals from ships and shore installations around Rugen and further east. Craddock was convinced the Germans must be further east, possibly exercising around Konigsberg. Given the warmer relations between the Germany and Russia it was know their fleets co-operated much more thes...

Wednesday, September 13th 2017, 3:07pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

Operation Cravat: All Quiet in the Baltic 10 April The intended reconnaissance of the exercise zone had been quieter than expected. A couple of corvettes appeared and Craddock dived the boat deeper to avoid detection. The lack of activity seemed odd and Craddock seemed unsatisfied. Taking care to avoid the aerial patrols the 'snort' was used judiciously but more patrols had been experienced that expected. As he stood over the chart Peter could see Cradock brooding, almost as if he was trying to ...

Wednesday, September 13th 2017, 10:56am

Author: Hood

Unternehmen Donnerschlag (Operation Thunderclap)

Portsmouth Harbour, 17:00GMT, Tuesday 13 April In the afternoon sunshine the air of the main harbour was filled with the oily smoke of marine boilers and the waters churned as the large propellers began turning. The smaller ships, the destroyers left first and then the carriers were eased out with the help of tugs and finally the five giant battleships moved. A large crowd had gathered by this time, "the Navy's on the move!" some waved as the ships headed out into the Channel. The news spread ar...

Monday, September 11th 2017, 5:31pm

Author: Hood

French Ships for 1948

I'd be interesting in seeing your AA cruiser version of Poursuivante as I've been mulling over some new AA cruisers too, but the final result is quite large though I have worked in a degree of dual-purpose too. I've tinkered with a similar concept to Poursuivante by making my cruiser-destroyer more of an ASW platform but the results didn't seem worth it. It just seems wasteful to have too much hull, although I've found that minimum length for a decent ASW design is actually quite large compared ...

Monday, September 11th 2017, 4:23pm

Author: Hood

Unternehmen Donnerschlag (Operation Thunderclap)

OOC: fixed! Many thanks got my east and west mixed up (damn coordinates!)

Monday, September 11th 2017, 4:15pm

Author: Hood

RAF Specifications 1948

Updated RAF and FAA order of battle can be found here.