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Yesterday, 10:48pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, May 1948

Berlin, The Danish Embassy, Saturday, 1 May 1948 Major Thorkild Hansen of the Royal Danish Army was working this morning to summarize his observations of the recent manoeuvres of the German Heer in the heathlands of Schleswig Holstein. His invitation to observe was nothing new – foreign military attaches were frequently permitted to observe – but the timeliness of the exercises heightened his interest. The press had announced that the manoeuvres involved units of the Second Panzer Army and the S...

Yesterday, 1:53am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Kieler Nachrichten, Wednesday, 28 April 1948 The antisubmarine corvettes Amazone and Gazelle have completed their operational training and will join the Atlantic Fleet sometime next week. Elbinger Volksstimme, Thursday, 29 April 1948 The corvettes Minerva and Diana are due to be completed today at the Schichau works at Memel. They are the latest antisubmarine vessels to enter service with the Kriegsmarine and it is expected that they will be followed by a further four vessels of this class – two...

Thursday, October 19th 2017, 5:21pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

I'm sorry about that. I should have sent a PM. :(

Thursday, October 19th 2017, 4:57pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Quoted from "parador" Quoted from "BruceDuncan" Der Ostasiatische Lloyd (Shanghai), Sunday, 25 April 1948 The frigates Blitz and Pfeil of the East Asia Squadron arrived at Woosung yesterday for bunkers. ?( Isn't Woosung a part of Shanghai ? It is now, wasn't always that way. 8)

Thursday, October 19th 2017, 4:26pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Der Ostasiatische Lloyd (Shanghai), Sunday, 25 April 1948 The frigates Blitz and Pfeil of the East Asia Squadron arrived at Woosung yesterday for bunkers. Berbera, Danish Somaliland, Monday, 26 April 1948 Mulugueta Bulli, envoy of Ras Tafari Makonnen, stood in the seedy warehouse not far from the docks of Berbera; he was not alone – his hosts, the Greek Podromos Bodosakis and the Pole Stefan Czarnecki pried up the top of a crate marked ‘Agricultural Implements’. “I think these will meet your nee...

Thursday, October 19th 2017, 1:10am

Author: BruceDuncan

The 8"/55 Rapid Fire Gun & Turret

We have talked about such things often; but I came across this 1955 USN training film that explains how they are constructed and function. Interesting. Training Film

Wednesday, October 18th 2017, 8:54pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Donnerschlag (Operation Thunderclap)

The Jade Bight, Wednesday, 21 April 1948 The leading elements of Einzatzverband 58 began to enter the Jade on the morning tide. Tugs – both naval and hired commercial craft – guided the great ships to their anchorages. It would take several hours before all the ships were at rest. Similar actions were happening at Bremerhaven, Cuxhaven, and a host of ports along the German North Sea Littoral. At the nearby port of Emden news was received of the end of Unternehmen Donnerschlag with enthusiasm by ...

Wednesday, October 18th 2017, 3:08pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

London, The German Embassy, Thursday, 22 April 1948 Press attaché Erich Andres, sat in his office besieged by copies of the latest domestic and foreign newspapers; staying on top of ‘The pulse of Britain’ was the heart and soul of his official duties. Nudging that pulse in any particular direction also fell under his purview – but all parties preferred not to speak of that. Today he chuckled as he read some of the headlines. In the English-language edition of the Prager Tagblatt: “English spy-su...

Wednesday, October 18th 2017, 1:14am

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Donnerschlag (Operation Thunderclap)

Sundry Locations, Tuesday, 20 April 1948 (Frigate Großpetersdorf, 53 dgs 13 min North, 2 dgs 21 min East) The Großpetersdorf held the west-most position in the Regenbogen picket line. Deployed to guard against a possible movement of British forces through the Channel, the frigate was the closest to the British coast, operating some one hundred kilometres off the coast of Norfolk. It was in the late afternoon when the ship’s air-search DT equipment first picked up returns from a large number of a...

Tuesday, October 17th 2017, 10:12pm

Author: BruceDuncan

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Testpilot seems to have repaired the search function. Thanks!

Tuesday, October 17th 2017, 7:38pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Donnerschlag (Operation Thunderclap)

Sundry Locations, Tuesday, 20 April 1948 (Aircraft Carrier Graf Zeppelin, 56 dgs 23 min North, 3 dgs 36 min East) Lindemann received the order ending the exercise with a sense of relief. Many of his smaller ships were low on bunkers, and he released some of his destroyers to call at Heligoland for fuel. The task force now assumed a cruising formation on course 180; homeward bound. (Corvette Albatros, 56 dgs 41 min North, 4 dgs 1 min East) Perleberg read the recall order with a grim sense of sati...

Tuesday, October 17th 2017, 6:58pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Donnerschlag (Operation Thunderclap)

Flottenkommando Atlantik, Bremerhaven, Tuesday, 20 April 1948 “Herr Admiral, do you still see value in continuing the exercise?” It was von Bassewitz-Levetzow, the observer from the Admiralstab. Lindenau pondered the question. The available intelligence suggested that the main elements of the British fleet had stood down, some ships putting into Scapa Flow in the Orkneys, while others returned to Scotland. A small group of British ships still lingered to the east of Einzatzverband 58’s position,...

Tuesday, October 17th 2017, 4:40pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Donnerschlag (Operation Thunderclap)

The North Sea, 54 dgs 10 min North, 6 dgs 46 min East, Tuesday, 20 April 1948 It was dawn when the frigate Werden and the corvette Frettchen reached the vicinity in which the Marineflieger had reported contact with an unknown submarine. The still-circling Dorniers reported that their Gaußmeter equipment indicated that the submarine was still in the area, but the acoustic buoys no longer had definitive contact. Slowing their engines to reduce their own noise, the two German warships began a searc...

Monday, October 16th 2017, 8:16pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Donnerschlag (Operation Thunderclap)

The North Sea, Tuesday, 20 April 1948 The Referate Fernmeldeaufklärung of the Marine-Nachrichtendienst had constantly monitored the signals traffic emanating from Britain’s principal naval stations, and though its analysts had not yet penetrated deeply into the ciphers employed to guard the Royal Navy’s communications its ability to plot the whereabouts of British ships through traffic analysis was very good. Thus it was no surprise when a series of intercepted signals suggested that the British...

Sunday, October 15th 2017, 12:43am

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Donnerschlag (Operation Thunderclap)

Aircraft Carrier Graf Zeppelin, 56 dgs 41 min North, 3 dgs 13 min East, Monday, 19 April 1948 Lindemann was on the flag bridge when the message arrived from Bremerhaven earlier in the afternoon; he immediately ordered a course change that brought Einzatzverband 58 on a southerly course. Thus far the British Home Fleet, reinforced by those ships based in the ports of eastern Scotland, had shown little inclination to follow him into the North Sea. With the sun slipping below the horizon Donnerschl...

Saturday, October 14th 2017, 11:23pm

Author: BruceDuncan

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I got it as well. Sounds like time to call it in.

Saturday, October 14th 2017, 10:24pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Donnerschlag (Operation Thunderclap)

Flottenkommando Atlantik, Bremerhaven, Monday, 19 April 1948 The two clocks in the plotting room displayed the time – 0800 hours; 200 hours since commencement of the operation. Capitaine de fregate Jean des Moutis watched the movement of markers on the large plot map – not that there were many markers moving. To the French officer it seemed as if the duelling of the German and British task forces had reached a stalemate; given that neither was intent on actually inflicting damage on the other, t...

Saturday, October 14th 2017, 1:44am

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events, 1948

Quoted from "Brockpaine" Well, that will make for an even more interesting prelude for my to-be-posted June 4th news item! Glad to play the straight man and set you up!

Saturday, October 14th 2017, 1:16am

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events, 1948

Novosti News Service, Tirana, Friday, 30 April 1948 An Italian Caproni Atlante civil airliner on an internal flight from Benghazi in Libya to Naples was diverted here having been commandeered by six of its passengers, self-professed adherents of Mohammed Idris as Senussi, who they claim is the leader of an independence movement among the Libyan people. The flight carried sixty-five passengers and crew, exclusive of the perpetrators, who have been taken into custody pending adjudication of their ...

Friday, October 13th 2017, 9:08pm

Author: BruceDuncan

French News, 1948

OOC - Dornier of Friedrichshafen is pleased, and ready with an open order book. :D