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Saturday, November 18th 2017, 5:45pm

Author: Hood

Noticias Argentinas 1948

11 June Fábrica de Motores a Reacción (Jet Engine Factory) has been formed by Fabrica Militar de Aviones (FMA) in partnership with Rolls-Royce to undertake maintenance and overhaul work on Rolls-Royce Derwent engines for the Meteor fleet. V. Ing. Raúl Argentino Magallanes has been appointed as Director. Machine tools and gauges and equipment enable the factory to build component parts locally with assistance from Rolls-Royce technicians and training. The new purpose-built factory is located in R...

Friday, November 17th 2017, 3:36pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

Operation FOREMAST 28th April to 10th May Exercise Commander: Commander in Chief North Atlantic, Admiral Sir Geoffrey Layton The broad area of the exercise zone was a 250nm radius arc centred on coordinates 52° 10' 0" W 22° 0' 0. Phase I: 28th April to 1st May Transit to exercise area, full scale fleet manoeruves, defence against aerial attacks. Phase II: 2nd May to 4th May Formation of large-scale carrier fleet (three strike and two escort carriers) and practice of mass formations in long-range...

Tuesday, November 14th 2017, 11:59am

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

30 May Today Reid and Sigrist Ltd., manufacturer of precision aircraft instrumentation and operator of a flying training school, unveiled their latest aircraft creation which flew earlier this month. The R.S.4 Bobsleigh is a converted R.S.3 Desford twin-engine trainer fitted with a prone pilot station in the fuselage nose. The aircraft will be operated by the Institute of Aviation Medicine for research into G-force resistance, the prone position in theory offering pilots a more comfortable posit...

Tuesday, November 14th 2017, 10:33am

Author: Hood

French News, 1948

Jean Paul Maury is certainly an enterprising man. I can see him going far in the Deuxième Bureau.

Monday, November 13th 2017, 6:11pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

20 May In an effort to stabilise the situation in Iraq, the Iraqi government has promised wage and food price reforms and funding for additional food imports. It is widely believed that a General Election will soon be called. 24 May The Coastal Command Development Unit at RAF Ballykelly has been re-designated as the Air-Sea Warfare Development Unit. 26 May The prototype of the new Saro P.104 four-engine maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine flying boat made its maiden flight today. Designed...

Friday, November 10th 2017, 8:31pm

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1948

26 May The T.O.P. (Tot Ons Plezier)multi sports club in Paramaribo, Suriname has been renamed from N.A.K.S. (Na Arbeid Komt Sport). Aside from Football, NAKS also has a korfball and gymnastics teams. 30 May The Army has sent several teams to represent the Netherlands in the competitions of the 1948 Militariad held in Russia against some of the best military completion teams from across Europe. A team drawn from the 4th Panser Regiment, including four Dutch T-44 tanks which were shipped to the Al...

Friday, November 10th 2017, 8:30pm

Author: Hood

Belgian News 1948

30 May The Army has sent several teams to represent Belgium in the competitions of the 1948 Militariad held in Russia against some of the best military completion teams from across Europe. A team drawn from the 2nd d’Anvers Fortress Regiment participated in the Pioneer's Challenge which tested the skills of combat engineers in building a four-span pontoon bridge (capable of bearing tanks), clearing a roadway through a forested area, constructing defensive trenches, laying a (dud) minefield, barb...

Friday, November 10th 2017, 4:49pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

A Conspiracy at the Barley Row? The Snatch While the search of Aston’s room had uncovered little of note, it increased Michael Braithwaite’s suspicion that he was passing information regarding the activities of the Risley facility via information he was picking up at the Barley Row and perhaps other open sources. The next move was to intercept the dead-letter box pick-up. Henry Golding and Tom Measure had been practising the manoeuvre on paper for several days before getting fully acquainted wit...

Saturday, November 4th 2017, 12:28pm

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1948

12 May The Courts Martial of Navy released its verdict following its in camera hearing. Schout bij Nacht Mertens sat in the centre of the long table as the defendants were called in one by one to hear their verdict. Luitenant ter Zee der 2e klasse Schelk, the K-34's navigation officer was exonerated, much to the officer's relief. Being a mid-career officer a negative verdict could easily have ended his career or would have seen him shore-bound at the least. Luitenant ter Zee 3de klasse Bocuhet, ...

Sunday, October 29th 2017, 11:06am

Author: Hood

Unternehmen Donnerschlag (Operation Thunderclap)

Wow, that's quite a shopping list of goodies the brass are after. One hopes the German treasury can find all the cash they need.

Saturday, October 28th 2017, 10:12am

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

4 May Today Laurence Olivier's latest film, an adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet, has been premiered in London. 10 May The Belstaff company, an English brand founded in Longton, Staffordshire and best known for producing waterproof jackets as well as goggles (primarily for the growing aviation market) and gloves has been acquired to became a subsidiary of the James Halstead Company. 13 May The National Assistance Act from today officially supersedes the old Poor Law system. The National Assista...

Friday, October 27th 2017, 9:56am

Author: Hood

Unternehmen Donnerschlag (Operation Thunderclap)

That's a nice round up of events. The exercise has certainly been fun!

Wednesday, October 25th 2017, 10:49am

Author: Hood

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

It's a shame I hadn't clocked this before as Admiral Kolchak's cruise during the recent exercises would probably have had some influence in Admiralty fleet movements, shadowing etc. Maybe uncertainty if he would join the exercise in some capacity.

Sunday, October 22nd 2017, 10:52am

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1948

1 May Today is the coronation of King William as King of Kongo and Ubangi-Shari. The lavish event was attended by dignitaries from the Kingdom of Kongo and the Grand Duchy of Ubangi-Shari as well as the Netherlands. The ceremony took place at Kamina Cathedral, the capital of the Kongo. 2 May The Kingdom of Kongo and the Grand Duchy of Ubangi-Shari have become official Provincial Territories giving them equal status with Suriname and the Netherlands East Indies and cease to be personal possession...

Sunday, October 22nd 2017, 10:45am

Author: Hood

Belgian News 1948

7 May Cockerill has begun testing its new C 90 / L32 90mm anti-tank gun, developed to meet an Army requirement. It is hoped this new light anti-tank gun will begin deliveries as early as next year if all the firing trials go as planned. 20 May The new minesweeper MS-6 Merksem commissioned with the 2nd Mine Warfare Squadron at Ostend today. 23 May At the Heysel Stadium in Brussels this evening 20,000 spectators watch Flemish boxer Cyrille Delannoit defeat the reigning European middleweight champi...

Friday, October 20th 2017, 1:19pm

Author: Hood

The 8"/55 Rapid Fire Gun & Turret

That's an interesting video. Nice find.

Friday, October 20th 2017, 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...