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Yesterday, 2:46pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, August 1948

The Manila Times, Tuesday, 3 August 1948 Minister of Defense Don Joaquin de la Vega has returned from Petrograd in the Russian Federation, where he held very fruitful discussions with Russian officials in regard to the security situation in the Far East. No details of the visit have been released though de la Vega was immediately whisked to the Malacañan Palace to brief the Council of Ministers on the results. A formal report to the Senate is anticipated for later this week.

Monday, February 19th 2018, 6:43pm

Author: BruceDuncan

A Spectre Rising - Intermezzo

Berlin-Müggelheim, Friday, 6 August 1948 The man walking down the street bore a vaguely Levantine look, heightened by the goatee and moustache. His dress however was not out of place, a sober business suit accentuated by a black Homburg. He stopped at the door of a chemist’s shop, and seemed to adjust his tie, before going in. “Good day,” said the chemist behind the shop counter in a friendly voice, for he recognised his customer. The shop was empty but for the proprietor. “Go right on up, you a...

Monday, February 19th 2018, 4:10pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Marinestützpunkt Warnemünde, Monday, 2 August 1948 On the one hand Oberstleutnant Walter Koehler of the Abwehr wished that the Kippenberger’s team from the Kommando Spezialkräfte had brought back a prisoner, or two, for interrogation; on the other, he was thankful that there was no apparent fallout from the operation. Whoever it was running the surveillance trawlers had – it seemed – not made a complaint to the Danish authorities. That ‘who’ was his problem; the documents and other material reco...

Monday, February 19th 2018, 3:39pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Refit question

Quoted from "Hood" 65mm always seemed an odd cut-off point to me, can't think of many real-world guns in that calibre or why, as you say, a 75mm (or 76mm for that matter) deck mount would be any more problematic to remove than a 65mm one. While I agree that the rule, as written, is problematic, I am unconvinced at this time whether it ought to be modified. Many of us, in refitting vessels, have either paid the costs as specified, or made decisions on whether to refit, or how to refit, a vessel ...

Monday, February 19th 2018, 1:21am

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events, August 1948

Novosti News Service, Zagreb, Wednesday, 4 August 1948 Acting on information provided by an informant Zagreb police today recovered a cache of nine Old Master paintings stolen in England some six weeks ago. The paintings, valued in excess of £8,000, were found undamaged in a derelict warehouse and will be returned to their British owner as soon as possible.

Monday, February 19th 2018, 1:19am

Author: BruceDuncan

Results from the 1948 Summer Olympics

Quoted from "thesmilingassassin" I agree, great write up and no easy task but close to historical outcome is in theory only good for historical nations. No South African participation? Even historical medal counts for the top 5 nations are not that close to historical. For example, historical medal counts for: France-29, Italy-27, Great Britain-23, Turkey-12, Hungary-27. Not trying to rain on the parade but I don't think its very close to historical. You are correct - but to allow for the inclu...

Sunday, February 18th 2018, 6:41pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, August 1948

Diario Oficial El Peruano (Lima), 4 August 1948 The cruiser Ancash returned to the fleet following her refit and modernization in the Callao dockyard of the Servicios Industriales de la Marina. She is due to be followed by her sister Amazonas, which will be taken in hand in October.

Sunday, February 18th 2018, 1:47pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Results from the 1948 Summer Olympics

Quoted from "Hood" Nice work Bruce, its been fun to follow and I think the results are fair and all of my player nations will be happy with those tallies. Thank you! I tried to keep things close to the historical results but making due allowance for the changed circumstances of Wesworld.

Sunday, February 18th 2018, 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...

Sunday, February 18th 2018, 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 ...

Saturday, February 17th 2018, 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,...

Saturday, February 17th 2018, 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)

Saturday, February 17th 2018, 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...