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Yesterday, 5:28pm

Author: Brockpaine

Beijing Newspaper Q1/1948 - Chinese news and events - January / February / March

Quoted from "parador" Saturday 10. January – near Sunda Strait „My fleet“, the admiral muttered to himself, „No wonder we have been shadowed since we left our fleetbase“ - he thought as he once again recognized in his binoculars the english ships.[/align] The French cruiser Saint Louis will also be playing the Russian Trawler Game. :) The French will stay about 10km back, unless the "English ships" are getting in their way - at which point the French might drop back further, over the horizon, u...

Wednesday, October 18th 2017, 7:58pm

Author: Brockpaine

Unternehmen Donnerschlag (Operation Thunderclap)

Copenhagen, Denmark Wednesday, April 21st, 1948 "A pity you're so soon to leave us," Kommandør Hans Mikkelsen offered, as he took a sip of his wine and settled back into his overstuffed armchair. "Do you know yet what ship you're going to get?" "No idea," Capitaine de vaisseau Philippe Delcroix replied. He paused before offering his speculation. "But I'm supposed to report to La Rochelle within the next two weeks for new construction. That probably means one of the new Lafayette class cruisers."...

Monday, October 16th 2017, 10:55pm

Author: Brockpaine

France, Q2/1948

Reader's note: For some reason I've been rather slipshod about fixing the numbers for the Indochinese order-of-battle. I combed through everything in some detail, and I am fairly confident that everything is up-to-date as of this sim report. The sim reports for the last 1-2 years appear to have been missing a few things - usually light craft or ships under construction. I've made sure the encyclopedia is updated as well.

Monday, October 16th 2017, 10:52pm

Author: Brockpaine

France, Q2/1948

Q2/1948 Notable Ship Movements of the Marine Nationale A general overview of the major exercises and operations being undertaken during Q2/1948 by the Marine Nationale. This list is representative and not exhaustive. Flotte de l'Atlantique -- Operation Tigre 48: FO Atlantique Nord (temporary designation "Force Tigre"), under Admiral R. Godfroy sent to Indochina. Force includes carriers Clemenceau, and Gambetta functioning as aircraft transports. -- Exercise Lyre 48: FO Atlantique Sud under Admir...

Monday, October 16th 2017, 10:40pm

Author: Brockpaine

France, Q2/1948

Marine Nationale Order of Battle, July 1st, 1948 The Marine Nationale is divided into three major and one minor fleet organizations based on geography: the Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Pacific Fleets, and the Indian Ocean Flotilla. Due to differing mission priorities as well as effective command and control, the Pacific Fleet is subdivided into East and West, each incorporating a defined overall operations area, although both exist under the same overall command. The Mediterranean Fleet possesse...

Monday, October 16th 2017, 10:37pm

Author: Brockpaine

France, Q2/1948

Report for Q2/1948 Industrial Allocation - 27.5 / 27.5 factories producing 27,500t materials. - 0/27.5 factories producing infrastructure (dedicated) - 5,128t from stockpile. - 0t from transactions. - 1,818t from scrapping. - 34,446t materials total. - 27,850 t used. - 6596 t stored for Q3/48. Infrastructure Development Not applicable. Naval Construction DCNS / Arsenal de La Rochelle (Cl 5) Class 5 Slip #1 - Aircraft carrier Le Terrible laid down July 1st, 1947. 64,150 tons required. 2650 tons a...

Monday, October 16th 2017, 10:22pm

Author: Brockpaine

Indochinese Light Combatants

I apparently neglected to post this design to its proper place, and had to hunt the stupid thing down and find it. Oops. ***** Cam Ranh-class, Indochinese Submarine Chaser laid down 1944 Displacement: 125 t light; 133 t standard; 165 t normal; 190 t full load Dimensions: Length overall / water x beam x draught 120.42 ft / 114.83 ft x 18.37 ft x 6.07 ft (normal load) 36.71 m / 35.00 m x 5.60 m x 1.85 m Armament: 1 - 2.95" / 75.0 mm guns in single mounts, 12.87lbs / 5.84kg shells, 1944 Model Dual ...

Monday, October 16th 2017, 4:06pm

Author: Brockpaine

Chinese Ships for 1948

Quoted from "parador" That's why the main task is on the smaller Shen Neng - Class. The two big Cuiniao are more seen as "firefighters" :) That means the two ships will escort every expedition in the arctic or antarctic. Sure the Cuiniao is for daily work with small ice a little bit overdesigned but for the work in the extreme north / south it's a good ship (i think). Mm, perhaps. I'm not fully convinced - I think it's too large for your primary mission in the Bohai Sea, and a bit too small for...

Sunday, October 15th 2017, 1:56am

Author: Brockpaine

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Saturday, October 14th 2017, 1:41am

Author: Brockpaine

Yugoslav News and Events, 1948

Well, that will make for an even more interesting prelude for my to-be-posted June 4th news item!

Friday, October 13th 2017, 9:55pm

Author: Brockpaine

French News, 1948

Cam Ranh Bay, Indochina Monday, April 5, 1948 Masson read the coded message and scowled. "We found them." "Where?" Lambert asked. "Pattaya," Masson said. "It's a fishing village in Thailand, southeast of Bangkok - it's a port for the regional drug trade, and the Indochinese police have an agent there. He spotted a junk matching our description arriving there this morning." "Well then!" Lambert said. "That's good news, yes? Why the scowl?" "Our agent noted the captain immediately put the boat up ...

Friday, October 13th 2017, 8:54pm

Author: Brockpaine

French News, 1948

L’aéroport de Paris Group Organized Tuesday, April 6, 1948 - Following the March 1st ground collision at Le Bourget, the group 'L’aéroport de Paris' is created to better organize the airports in the Paris region. Among the group's objectives is overhauling the air traffic control system for both in the air and on the ground at the various Paris airports. Tour de Normandie Monday, April 12, 1948 - The Tour de Normandie bicycle race started today. Rocket Launch Wednesday, April 14, 1948 - The firs...

Friday, October 13th 2017, 4:33pm

Author: Brockpaine

Chinese Ships for 1948

Quoted from "parador" In OTL in 1969, large scale icing in Bohai Sea caused great economic loss and proved that older icebreakers built before 1950 were simply too small and too old to perform icebreaking duties effectively in severe icing conditions. (from wikipedia) From my research, it looks like the Bohai Sea has an average of 5cm sea ice buildup around the coast, with marginal sea ice occasionally spreading a bit beyond that. Apparently the Bohai Sea is the most southerly (Northern Hemisph...

Friday, October 13th 2017, 3:51pm

Author: Brockpaine

French News, 1948

Quoted from "Hood" OOC: Maybe I've been watching too much The Silent Enemy, but surely manned torpedoes would need more support infrastructure than just a junk. For long-term employment, I believe you are correct. Amongst other things, I believe the earlier Italian maiale usually needed to have their batteries / fuel / consumables recharged from a shore station. However, they could be operated from rather spartan platforms. As the British demonstrated with the Chariots in Operation Title, even ...

Wednesday, October 11th 2017, 2:06pm

Author: Brockpaine

Chinese Ships for 1948

Interesting icebreaker designs... ...but does China actually need icebreakers, or more icebreakers? Aside from their Antarctic program - which, if I remember correctly, is already well-equipped (I'd even potentially say over-equipped), I don't get the impression that China actually needs something like an icebreaking tug. Is there the sort of climate necessary for them to have any gainful work? I'd have thought the answer might be "perhaps one or two days in a particularly cold year"...? What is...

Friday, October 6th 2017, 10:15pm

Author: Brockpaine

French News, 1948

Cam Ranh Bay, Indochina Friday, March 26, 1948 "You know," Masson said, sitting at the bar of the Yen Bay Hotel, "I think this has been a waste of time." Lambert nodded in agreement. Working both on their own and with the help of their inside agent - a Vietnamese cleaning girl who actually worked for the autonomous Indochinese intelligence group - they'd checked most of the hotel for wiretaps, finding nothing. The staff had similarly been watched, without any hints that they were agents working ...

Friday, October 6th 2017, 9:10pm

Author: Brockpaine

French News, 1948

Cam Ranh Bay, Indochina Monday, March 22, 1948 "All right, let's begin," Contre-amiral Edgar Joly said. "Capitaine Lambert, why don't you lead off. What are the results of your investigation?" "Thus far, sir, all suspicion continues to fall on the Italians," Lambert said. He allowed Major Masson, sitting next to him, to open the folder of photographs and papers for display. "We found the damaged maiale, sunk on the harbour bottom. It has no external markings, but we analyzed part numbers stamped...

Wednesday, October 4th 2017, 8:25pm

Author: Brockpaine

French News, 1948

Quoted from "BruceDuncan" ?( I'm thinking that the East Asia Squadron needs to spend more time at sea. Judging from your news, they're at sea or on port calls more time than they spend in port, aren't they?

Wednesday, October 4th 2017, 7:11pm

Author: Brockpaine

French News, 1948

Cam Ranh Bay, Indochina Friday, March 5, 1948 It was nearly midnight by the time Major Masson finally met up again with Capitaine de Corvette Antoine Lambert in the latter's office. The navy officer had agreed to cover the other half of Masson's follow-up investigation, and from the energy which still lit his tired face, Masson hoped he'd found something. "Shall we compare notes?" "We shall," Lambert said. "First - I heard Roux discovered a wiretap?" "Yes, on the underwater telephone cable to th...