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Today, 1:19pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

Berlin, Wednesday 21 April Captain Alfred Burcough as Britain’s Naval Attaché to Germany had had an uncomfortable fortnight. Kept scooting around Berlin to pick up any intelligence of Germany’s intentions he had been tired out. The Germans for their part had put up an effective smokescreen in the shape of the Wolverine. Privately he cursed London for not keeping him in the loop. The main outcome of the exercise was some dissatisfaction that the Royal Navy had not acted in the way Berlin had plan...

Tuesday, October 17th 2017, 8:55pm

Author: Hood

Unternehmen Donnerschlag (Operation Thunderclap)

North Sea, 15:00GMT, Tuesday 20 April Squadron Leader Geoffrey Tiles looked over the side of his cockpit of his Meteor. to witness the large formation below him. Not content to sit back the RAF had decided to make a show of force. If the Navy was too timid then the RAF would lead. No. 2 Group of Bomber Command had managed to get up over eighty de Havilland Mosquitos airborne and no less than three Meteor fighter squadrons were providing top cover to around fifty miles off the British east coast ...

Tuesday, October 17th 2017, 2:33pm

Author: Hood

Unternehmen Donnerschlag (Operation Thunderclap)

The Nore and Channel Command Headquarters, Dover, 13:50 GMT, Tuesday 20 April Admiral Burrough noted the movements of aircraft and escorts as the Germans ran into parts of the scanty submarine patrol line. These reports came from Coastal Command aircraft in the area, mainly aging Wellingtons and a few Sunderlands. He knew re-equipment with Shackletons and Argus was coming soon and that they would offer better capabilities than the existing 'Wimpy' and the shorter-ranged Buccaneer now in use. It ...

Sunday, October 15th 2017, 4:50pm

Author: Hood

Unternehmen Donnerschlag (Operation Thunderclap)

The Nore and Channel Command Headquarters, Dover, 18:00 GMT, Monday 19 April Admiral Burrough was making a final check of the 'big map' before he went home. The latest dispositions were being updated. Half of the Barossa Force had withdrawn a safe distance and were taking on fuel before dark closed in but there was little else of note. There were five submarines between the Germans and their home bases, it seemed likely a few would be caught up in anti-submarine sweeps. In any case their duty at...

Sunday, October 15th 2017, 11:20am

Author: Hood

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Yeah, I think it went down on Friday.

Saturday, October 14th 2017, 5:30pm

Author: Hood

Unternehmen Donnerschlag (Operation Thunderclap)

Bridge HMS Barrosa, 14:30 GMT, Monday 19 April The Chief Engineer appeared on the bridge in his working overalls, rubbing his hands with a stained cloth. Captain Charles Ross saw him and crossed the bridge to greet him. "What's the latest situation down below Chief?" "We've less than eighty tons of fuel now Sir. Seventy-four to be precise. I've taken on ballast accordingly." Ross wasn't unduly worried, that was enough to get home on. But in the circumstances, even if the Germans began a full sca...

Saturday, October 14th 2017, 10:59am

Author: Hood

Noticias Argentinas 1948

11 May Brigadier Cortez looked at the latest dispatch from the military attache in Asuncion with alarm. There had been no fewer than three border incursions in the Chaco region of Paraguay in the last month. One of them had resulted in a firefight between both sides. Three Paraguayan cavalrymen had been wounded and one killed. In turn the invading party had lost two killed and three wounded who were captured. They appeared not to be regular troops but some of the left-wing militia that had taken...

Saturday, October 14th 2017, 10:42am

Author: Hood

Chinese Ships for 1948

If China wants to waste tonnage on icebreakers rather than cruisers and battleships and carriers then that's fine with me! I must admit I'm surprised how far south the ice goes, I never thought of China as having an ice problem. Interesting.

Thursday, October 12th 2017, 9:50am

Author: Hood

Kriegsmarine Design Plans - 1949

Looks a good design overall. I assume the misc weight covers all kinds of A/S goodies?

Wednesday, October 11th 2017, 2:15pm

Author: Hood

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

OOC: The Admiralty has been their number one subscriber for years!

Wednesday, October 11th 2017, 1:07pm

Author: Hood

Unternehmen Donnerschlag (Operation Thunderclap)

The Nore and Channel Command Headquarters, Dover, 11:00GMT, Sunday 18 April Admiral Burrough would have much preferred to have had a Sunday roast at home and peaceful Sunday afternoon relaxing but events would not allow that. It had been a hectic week and the manoeuvres in the North Sea showed no signs of abating. The Germans is seemed were going home but signals intelligence indicated increased radio ‘chatter’ to the U-Boats near the Devil’s Hole. The previous day Cunningham had been all for ac...

Monday, October 9th 2017, 5:09pm

Author: Hood

Unternehmen Donnerschlag (Operation Thunderclap)

OOC: shouldn't those last two posts be Saturday 17 April? Admiralty Building, Whitehall, London, 17:50 GMT Saturday 17 April Admiral Cunningham telephoned Admiral Borrough on the secure 'scrambled' line to the Dover 'citadel'. It was getting late but he hoped Burrough would still be there. After a few rings the Burrough's flag secretary answered the call and within moments had brought the Admiral to the phone. "Harold, the latest aerial sightings have confirmed that the bulk of the German fleet ...

Monday, October 9th 2017, 4:27pm

Author: Hood

Silkway Rallye 1947

Many thanks for running this contest. It's been an interesting piece. Dennis Poore and Mike Hawthorn in their Triumph 2000 TDA are more than happy about winning Class A. Sydney Allard and Tom Lush are very pleased about winning the eventful Class A1 race and that the Allard J2 has proven a winner. Ken Wharton and Peter Whitehead (navigator) in their Frazer Nash High Speed are pleased enough with third place and for having completed the event. The Class B race was very eventful and closely fought...

Sunday, October 8th 2017, 4:12pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

24 April Manchester United defeat Blackpool 4–2 in the FA Cup final at Wembley to claim their first major trophy for 37 years. The first prototype Miles M.73 Herald, registered G-AODE, flew today. Developed as a private venture, the Herald is an enlarged Marathon with a pressurised cabin for 36-44 passengers. A large split passenger/ cargo door is fitted in rear fuselage to port and the aircraft is fully convertible to full and mixed cargo carrying. It is powered by four 875hp Alvis Leonides Maj...

Sunday, October 8th 2017, 10:51am

Author: Hood

Unternehmen Donnerschlag (Operation Thunderclap)

OOC: Edited post. My bad, I thought the Hs 130 was a carrier-based aircraft. I've changed it to the usual Fieseler Fi168.

Saturday, October 7th 2017, 6:51pm

Author: Hood

Unternehmen Donnerschlag (Operation Thunderclap)

BCAC Sea Fang FN.Mk.I, 807 Squadron, HMS Leviathan, 14:20 GMT, Friday 16 April Flt. Lt. Baker was leading his loose formation of four Sea Fangs when he spotted the Fieseler Fi 168 'Hammerhaie' slightly below him to port. "Leader to Blue Flight, bandit angels twelve, climb to angels fourteen, heading three-hundred, follow leader." As he led his flight up-sun to get behind the German spotter he reported the contact to his home carrier. When he was ready he gave a wave and the four sleek fighters d...

Saturday, October 7th 2017, 10:36am

Author: Hood

French News, 1948

OOC: Maybe I've been watching too much The Silent Enemy, but surely manned torpedoes would need more support infrastructure than just a junk. It would seem likely that the Italians would be using a larger mother ship, perhaps a cargo vessel, as some kind of headquarters/base ship. Of course tracking every Italian merchant vessel in the Far East would be difficult to prove that theory. Also, what's the motive? Would the Italians be that concerned about the activities in Cam Ranh Bay? They have no...

Thursday, October 5th 2017, 1:13pm

Author: Hood

French News, 1948

OOC: A most curious case. A non-German agent would tend to stand out in that crowd in the hotel. Maybe the Abwehr is spying on its own countrymen these days? (not a serious suggestion but you never know, stranger things have happened at sea as they say) Interesting that the clientele is mainly officers yet the hotel still fills the need for bouncers to toss out the rowdies!

Thursday, October 5th 2017, 1:06pm

Author: Hood

My Latest Acquisition

Sounds an interesting book, and indeed an interesting series.