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Yesterday, 2:21am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Der Tagesspiegel, Monday, 19 April 1948 The construction work on the air defence destroyers Aachen and Eisenach was completed today, the former in the yards at Cuxhaven, the latter in the Wilhelmshaven shipyard. Both vessels will now undergo builders’ trials and operational training before joining the fleet in the autumn. Cruiser Novara, 5 dgs 4 min North, 1260 dgs 1 min East, Tuesday, 20 April 1948 After a visit to the convivial Philippine port of Zamboanga, Konteradmiral Rogge ordered his ship...

Yesterday, 1:01am

Author: BruceDuncan

France, Q1/1948

Small point - the thread title is not correct, should be 1948 vice 1947.

Thursday, September 21st 2017, 1:58pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Destroyer Bautzen, 54 dgs 50 min North, 15 dgs 27 min East, Tuesday, 13 April 1948 The destroyer Bautzen, with her sister Gustrow and the frigate Gailingen, lay quietly hove to southeast of the Danish island of Bornholm. Fregattenkapitän Hellmuth von Rabenau peered over the shoulder of the senior hydrophone operator at the trace appearing on his display. “Herr Kapitän,” explained Obermaat Werner Osenberg, “we observed the sound of a submerged diesel engine submarine here,” pointing to a track. “...

Thursday, September 21st 2017, 12:37am

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Corvette Amazone, 54 dgs 45 min North, 14 dgs 19 min East, Tuesday, 13 April 1948 Upon receipt of the first order to assist in the hunt for an unknown submarine in the eastern Baltic, Korvettenkapitän Jost Metzler wasted no time in sending his small flotilla of two corvettes and two minesweepers on an eastward course. So anxious he was to participate that when reports arrived that a British submarine was proceeding on the surface under escort he did not bother to slow or change course. That the ...

Wednesday, September 20th 2017, 3:25pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Donnerschlag (Operation Thunderclap)

Flottenkommando Atlantik, Bremerhaven, Wednesday, 14 April 1948 As evening approached Lindenau’s mood appeared to improve; the movement of the British Home Fleet to the west had been confirmed, and it was expected that it would venture to the west of Ireland before turning north, though the possibility of a voyage through the St. George’s Channel between England and Ireland was not impossible. A polite request had been addressed to the French inquiring if they had definitive information on the s...

Tuesday, September 19th 2017, 6:45pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events, 1948

Belgrade, The Ministry of Defence, Monday, 19 April 1948 The Air Staff had completed its preliminary assessment of the recently-completed reconnaissance overflight of Rijeka; as expected, the Italians had issued a protest to the Swiss, who in turn forwarded it to Belgrade, where the Swiss were politely thanked and the protest filed. The Government had little respect for Italy. But the assessment proved that the attempt was worth the risk, and the potential fallout. Fears of an Italian trap prove...

Tuesday, September 19th 2017, 3:47pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

The Gulf of Danzig, Tuesday, 13 April 1948 Heyse noted the British taking down their big ensign and warned all ships to prepare for further British tricks. Suddenly he the submarine’s crew scrambling below as she crashed dived. Immediately his boats began to ping the water in an attempt to track the British submarine; his Mehrzwekboot were not the best antisubmarine platforms, their echo-location equipment limited; but he had the most dangerous weapon known to man – a wireless. While efforts wer...

Tuesday, September 19th 2017, 3:11pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Donnerschlag (Operation Thunderclap)

Aircraft Carrier Graf Zeppelin, 56 dgs 12 min North, 2 dgs 22 min East, Wednesday, 14 April 1948 Mid-day found Einzatzverband 58 south and west of its dawn position. The occasional British vessel kept a watchful eye on its activities – Lindemann expected this – and a potential contretemps with his easternmost task group had been avoided by good judgment and ship handling on the part of the captain of a shadowing British destroyer. Air operations were proceeding according to plan. “Herr Admiral,”...

Monday, September 18th 2017, 8:56pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Preliminary Profile - Junkers Ju490 Long-Range Civil Transport

Technical Data Crew: 6 (comprising pilot, second pilot, flight engineer and wireless operator, plus two stewards) Passengers: 70 – 108, dependent upon layout Length: 41.20 metres Wingspan 40.00 metres Height: 11.50 metres Wing area: 200 sq. metres Maximum take-off weight: 80,700 kg Maximum cruising speed: 600 kph at 7,600 metres Service ceiling: 7,600 metres Range: Range with maximum fuel 7,500 kilometres; range with maximum payload 5,800 kilometres. Engines: four turbopropeller, 4,500 eshp eac...

Monday, September 18th 2017, 7:25pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

The Gulf of Danzig, Tuesday, 13 April 1948 Ulrich Heyse conned the Mehrzweckboot 1 carefully, staying several hundred metres aft of the British submarine Wolverine, which had surprised everyone by suddenly surfacing in the waters off Pillau. Mehrzweckboot 2 and Mehrzweckboot 3 were stationed off the submarine’s port and starboard quarters respectively, while Mehrzweckboot 4 followed in Heyse’s own wake. Above them Arado seaplanes in relays kept the entire cavalcade under constant observation. Fo...

Monday, September 18th 2017, 6:04pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, 1948

The Freeman (Cebu), Monday, 26 April 1948 The coastal escorts Alcotan and Halcon were launched today at the San Fernando naval dockyard. These vessels are intended to secure the nation’s internal waters against hostile raiding submarines and assure communications within the archipelago in time of war. It is expected that they will be followed by more vessels of the type, with plans announced for two additional ships to be laid down in mid-summer.

Monday, September 18th 2017, 4:39pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1948

Lima, The American Embassy, 18 April 1948 Commander Trevor Stevens USN had served as naval attaché in Lima for eighteen months; with luck he would be moving on to a new assignment, and today he was spending a quiet Sunday catching up with the week’s newspapers. An item in the Peruvian Times, Lima’s English-language broadsheet, caught his eye – in it mention was made of a visit by a Chinese delegation led by a Mister Huang Xiaoming for talks regarding expanding bilateral trade between China and P...

Monday, September 18th 2017, 4:46am

Author: BruceDuncan

British Empire News 1948

Speaking OOC... One must wonder how the British ambassador came to have a copy of the demarche delivered to the Danish Government by the Government of the Russian Federation...

Sunday, September 17th 2017, 1:38am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Copenhagen, Asiatisk Plads, Friday, 16 April 1948 Niels Rasmussen, Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs, received his guest with great affability – it was one of his strengths – but today he sensed it would avail him little. The German ambassador, Gustav Alexander Prince zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, appeared to be in high dudgeon. After the minimum of pleasantries the ambassador got straight to his mission. “My government wishes to inform you that a British submarine was sighted in the Bay of Danzig four...

Saturday, September 16th 2017, 10:28pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Donnerschlag (Operation Thunderclap)

Flottenkommando Atlantik, Bremerhaven, Wednesday, 14 April 1948 By 1000 hours the movement of the British Home Fleet from Portsmouth had been confirmed – it was heading down the Channel; the units based at Plymouth were expected to join it. Press reports from London speculated that it would proceed north, picking up additional strength based on the Clyde; the passivity surprised Lindenau. It also surprised Abashvili. “How might the English have reacted to a movement by the Northern Fleet?” The t...

Saturday, September 16th 2017, 7:23pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Marinestützpunkt Warnemünde, Tuesday, 13 April 1948 Konteradmiral Engel summoned Glaser, his chief of staff, to review their options in response to the order to support Befehlshaber der Sicherung der Ostsee in the matter of the British submarine now nosing its way through the Baltic. Engel’s first reaction was that the boat’s mission was some sort of response to Unternehmen Donnerschlag, but quickly dismissed this. The submarine would have had to leave its base in England days, if not weeks, ago...

Saturday, September 16th 2017, 3:03pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

The Gulf of Danzig, 54 dgs 42 min North, 19 dgs 33 min East, Tuesday, 13 April 1948 Oberleutnant zur See Ulrich Heyse led the four-boat division of Mehrzweckboote out of Pillau harbour as quickly as it could be done. The thought of hunting an unknown submarine would be a most welcome change from their normal duties – assisting the customs service, enforcing fisheries laws, rescuing the occasional yachtsman who got into difficulty with the Baltic’s storms. Once in the open sea the throttles of th...