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Today, 3:05am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, August 1948

London, The Portland Club, Portland Place, Sunday, 1 August 1948 Martin Walser tried hard not to appear overly interested in the conversation being held at the next table, where Sidney Stanley was regaling the other three members of his foursome with the gossip he had heard – supposedly – from his many friends in Downing Street. Thankfully, Walser was playing ‘dummy’ in the current game of bridge, and could listen while keeping his attention riveted on the cards before him. “There’s a regular ma...

Today, 1:37am

Author: BruceDuncan

Results from the 1948 Summer Olympics

Ninth Round of Events and Summary Bob Mathias of the United States was awarded the gold medal in the Men’s Decathalon, while Ignace Heinrich of France took the silver medal. Vladimir Volkov of Russia took third place winning the bronze medal. The Women’s Team All Around Gymnastics event was won by the Czechoslovak team, with the Hungarian team placing second. The Atlantean team earned the bronze medal, concluding the games. Tabulation of Medals Awarded Overall, France achieved the highest medal ...

Yesterday, 5:43pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Results from the 1948 Summer Olympics

Eighth Round of Events Chang Chan-chiu of China strode to victory in the Men’s 10-kilometre walk, with Ingemar Johansson of Sweden taking the silver medal and Fritz Schwab of Switzerland taking the bronze medal. In the 50-kilometre walk event, John Ljunggren of Nordmark emerged victorious with a time of 4:41:52, taking the gold medal. Gaston Godel of Switzerland took the silver medal with a time of 4:48:17, edging out Terence Lloyd Johnson of Great Britain who had to settle for the bronze medal,...

Yesterday, 12:46am

Author: BruceDuncan

Results from the 1948 Summer Olympics

Quoted from "Brockpaine" Somewhat appropriate that China won the Dragon-class sailing category. OOC - Today is Chinese New Year. 8)

Yesterday, 12:09am

Author: BruceDuncan

Results from the 1948 Summer Olympics

Seventh Round of Events In the Women’s 4x100-metre Freestyle Relay the swim team of the United States emerged victorious, taking the gold medal; the Danish team finished second, taking the silver medal, and the Netherlands team took the bronze medal. Hermine Bauma of Germany took first place in the Women’s Javelin Throw, with a distance of 45.57 metres. Katayama Misako of Japan took the silver medal with a distance of 43.79 metres, and Lily Carlstedt of Denmark the bronze with a distance of 42.0...

Friday, February 16th 2018, 6:04pm

Author: BruceDuncan

A Spectre Rising - Discussions

Berlin, The British Embassy, Thursday, 5 August 1948 Burroughs had come down to Tanner’s office in Passport Control at the latter’s request. Letting the naval officer into his private office he closed the door behind him and picked up a flimsy on his desk. “London wants us to get more of the Blofeld material,” he announced. “They say it’s the best intelligence on German U-boats they’ve received in years.” Burroughs noted that Tanner said it with a tinge of professional sarcasm. “Bloody right too...

Friday, February 16th 2018, 1:38pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Results from the 1948 Summer Olympics

Sixth Round of Events This round saw completion of the swimming competitions. In the Men’s 200-metre Breaststroke event Joe Verdeur of the United States emerged victorious with a time of 2:39.3, setting a new Olympic record. The silver medal in this event was taken by Egon Henninger of Germany, while Roland Boullanger of France took the bronze medal. The Men’s 4x200-metre Freestyle Relay event was won by the United States, with Hungary taking the silver medal and France the bronze. In the Women’...

Thursday, February 15th 2018, 5:55pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Results from the 1948 Summer Olympics

Fifth Round of Events Allan Stack of the United States took the gold medal in the Men’s 100-metre Backstroke swimming event, with Wu Chuan-yu of China taking second place silver and Georges Vallerey taking bronze. The Women’s 100-metre Backstroke saw Karen Harup of Denmark taking first place, with Suzanne Zimmerman of the United States second place, and Goushi Yukiko of Japan third place – earning gold, silver, and bronze respectively. In the Women’s 200-metre Breaststroke event Nel van Vliet of...

Wednesday, February 14th 2018, 11:32pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Dithmarscher Landeszeitung, Friday, 30 July 1948 Thousands lined the banks of the Kaiser Wilhelm Canal as the König von Preußen, the reconstructed East Indiaman recently completed in Königsberg made her way through the canal on her way to the North Sea, where she will exercise her volunteer crew before making her way to Emden, which shall be the ship’s official home port. In the time of King Frederick the Great Emden was the entrepot for Prussia’s China trade and hosted the Königlich Preußische ...

Wednesday, February 14th 2018, 8:48pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Results from the 1948 Summer Olympics

Fourth Round of Events Victory in the Men’s 400-metre freestyle swimming event went to Nicholas Moran of Ireland, who decisively outscored the second-place contestant, Bill Smith of the United States. Moran’s time was 4:42.2, Smith’s 4:45.3. Gold to Moran, silver to Smith, and bronze to John Marshall of Great Britain with a time of 4:51.4 In the Men’s 1,500-metre freestyle swimming event Vladimir Kosinsky of Russia took the gold medal with a time of 19:18.5. John Marshall of Great Britain took t...

Tuesday, February 13th 2018, 4:32am

Author: BruceDuncan

Results from the 1948 Summer Olympics

Third Round of Results – The Arts As has been the case for all games since 1912 medals have been awarded in several categories (architecture, literature, music, and painting), for works inspired by sport-related themes. The art exhibition attracted works of art from twenty-seven different countries. The literature competition attracted forty-four entries, and the music competition had thirty-six entries Architectural design: Gold - Adolf Hoch of Germany, for Skisprungschanze auf dem Kobenzl Silv...

Monday, February 12th 2018, 6:00pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, 1948

Tam Sa, The Sansha (Paracel) Islands, Friday, 30 July 1948 Captain Rudy Fernandez merely affected the demeanor of brash fighter pilot – though he had scored four combat ‘kills’ in the last war with China. He was, in fact, one of the most incisive minds in the Philippine Air Force, something that had brought him to prominence as a staff officer at a young age. As he waited for his flight back to Saigon he updated his notes regarding the benefits offered by the Indochinese authorities in the use o...

Monday, February 12th 2018, 4:44pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Results from the 1948 Summer Olympics

Second Round of Events Bruce Harlan of the United States, smarting from his second-place finish in the 3-metre springboard event, turned in a superb performance to take the gold medal in the Men’s 10-metre platform diving event. Aleksandr Kosenkov earned the silver medal for the event, and Orlando Maldonado of Colombia the bronze medal. In Men’s 100-metre freestyle swimming, Wally Ris of the United States was awarded the gold medal, Pedro Gamarro of Chile the silver medal, and Géza Kádas of Hung...

Sunday, February 11th 2018, 8:22pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Results from the 1948 Summer Olympics

First Round of Events In a surprising start to the diving events of the games Wu Chuan-yu of China took the gold medal in the Men’s 3-meter Springboard event. Bruce Harlan of the United States took the silver medal and Milos Andronikos of Atlantis the bronze medal. In the Women’s division, the 3-metre Springboard event was won by Veronique Desjardins of France. The silver medal was won by Maria von Offenbach of Germany, while the bronze medal was won by Vicki Draves of the United States. The Men...

Sunday, February 11th 2018, 8:21pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Results from the 1948 Summer Olympics

Summary reports of the results will be posted here. In-character comments are welcome here. Out of character comments should be identified as such, please.

Saturday, February 10th 2018, 1:09am

Author: BruceDuncan

Preliminary Profile - Wiener Neustadter Flugzeugwerke Wf21 Transport Helicopter

Development cycle commenced in 1948 following the success of the somewhat smaller Wf14. A prototype is expected to fly sometime in 1949 with a service introduction sometime in 1950. General characteristics Crew: 3 (two pilots, one crew chief) Capacity: up to 20 troops, 12 stretchers, or equivalent freight Length: 16.01 metres (fuselage) Rotor diameter: 13.41metres Height: 4.80 metres Disc area: 282.6 square metres Empty weight: 4,058 kg Loaded weight: 6,893 kg Maximum takeoff weight: 6,893 kg Po...

Thursday, February 8th 2018, 4:28pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Ronne, Bornholm, Thursday, 29 July 1948 The Fisherman’s Quay lay in Ronne’s inner harbour, and the buildings of the Old Town were tourist attractions in their own right. But the two tourists who had arrived on the morning’s ferry from Sassnitz paid the architecture little heed. Their eyes were fixed upon a smart-looking fishing trawler tied up to the quay – one which sported several wireless antennas and eschewed the familiar down-at-heels look of a commercial fishing vessel. “It is a match for ...

Wednesday, February 7th 2018, 7:41pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Le Courrier du Indochina (Saigon), Tuesday, 27 July 1948 The German survey and research ship Komet has arrived at the Cam Rahn Bay naval base to take on fuel and provisions before continuing her present voyage of discovery in eastern waters. Oberösterreichische Rundschau, Wednesday, 28 July 1948 Wiener Neustadter Flugzeugwerke announced today that it had received funding from the Ministry of Defence for a new helicopter design, designated the Wf21. It is a development of the current Wf14 twin-ro...

Tuesday, February 6th 2018, 8:16pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, 1948

Petrograd, The Philippine Embassy, Wednesday, 28 July 1948 Minister of Defense de la Vega and his assistant sat in the embassy library, discussing the results of their conversation with a series of Russian officials. “Ramon,” said the minister, “what do you think of the Russian offer?” Magsaysay paused a moment before answering. “Certainly it is tempting. The Mikoyan aircraft is one of the best – if not *the best* fighter aircraft in the world at the moment. Certainly it is superior in performan...

Monday, February 5th 2018, 7:02pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events, 1948

Belgrade, The While Palace, Tuesday, 28 July 1948 “So why did you agree to visit Berlin?” Prince Tomislav asked his brother Petar. “Mainly to get away from Prince Paul and his constant carping,” the young king replied, “and Karasec is right – it is my duty to marry and beget an heir. He tells me there will be opportunities for me to meet – how did he say it – ‘suitable candidates’.” “Talk about Cinderella and Prince Charming,” replied Tomislav. “Yes… but he has also made noises of visiting other...