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Today, 5:44pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events, 1948

Novosti News Service, Belgrade, Thursday, 9 September 1948 His Majesty King Petar returned to the capital today following a state visit to Germany and Denmark. Belgrade, The While Palace, Friday, 10 September 1948 “So Prince Charming returns from his adventures without a Cinderella?” Petar shot his brother Tomislav an evil look. “Remember, when the day comes, that I shall have a hand in deciding whom you shall marry…” “But… all that effort, the travel, the pomp, the ceremony… and nothing?” “Not ...

Saturday, April 21st 2018, 2:20am

Author: BruceDuncan

A Good Deed (1)

Schönefeld, Sunday, 19 September 1948 An industrial suburb of Berlin, Schönefeld had little to recommend it to anyone save its denizens; this is what appealed to Ernst Blofeld – anonymity in the midst of crowds. He had made an appointment to meet with an associate for that very reason; not that he expected to be trailed by the police or any of the intelligence services with which he did business – but on general principles. He approached a small street corner park, half-filled with mothers walki...

Thursday, April 19th 2018, 7:49pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, 1948

The Manila Herald, Monday, 13 September 1948 The prototype of the PADC 900 light transport aircraft was rolled out today at the firm’s Cavite workshops. It is anticipated that a first flight may occur early next month.

Wednesday, April 18th 2018, 12:17am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Quoted from "Brockpaine" Quoted from "Rooijen10" Let Bruce tell us of the days of high adventure! :D *Cue epic score* Did someone say "Cue epic score"? I thought so.

Tuesday, April 17th 2018, 8:30pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Deutsche Presse-Agentur, Monday, 13 September 1948 The Prime Minister of the United Netherlands, Eduard Land, and the Dutch foreign minister, Dirk Stikker, arrived in Berlin today to open a series of discussions with Chancellor Adenauer and other members of the Cabinet regarding improved cooperation between Germany and the United Netherlands in the spheres of economics and regional development. Berlin, Abwehr Headquarters, Tuesday, 14 September 1948 The summary report by Abteilung II on the situ...

Saturday, April 14th 2018, 1:28am

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian Future Projects

Quoted from "Doorcf" Nice replacement for the older Riverine Gunboats although smaller Also a small question, is the 120mm a new design or the old howitzers used by the army? Given the relatively small numbers projected, it would be a modern design of foreign origin and manufacture, as the 120mm round is not presently in the Peruvian Army's inventory.

Saturday, April 14th 2018, 1:20am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Militärwissenschaftliche Rundschau, Friday, 10 September 1948 The Polte Armaturen und Maschinenfabrik AG of Magdeburg has acquired a majority interest in the Czechoslovak munitions manufacturer Sellier & Bellot, of Vlašim. The two firms share interest in the Sellier und Bellot Patronen und Metallwarenfabrik of Schönebeck on the Elbe, a major supplier of small arms ammunition to the Heer. The acquisition strengthens Polte’s position in the munitions field. Transradio Press Service, Saturday, 11 S...

Saturday, April 14th 2018, 12:57am

Author: BruceDuncan

Chachapoyas class River Monitor

To be constructed under the small craft rules. Intended for service on the upper Amazon. The main armament is, in fact, a 120mm howitzer. ***** Chachapoyas, Peruvian River Monitor laid down 1949 Displacement: 179 t light; 192 t standard; 200 t normal; 207 t full load Dimensions: Length overall / water x beam x draught 157.14 ft / 155.84 ft x 21.33 ft x 4.92 ft (normal load) [47.90 m / 47.50 m x 6.50 m x 1.50 m] Armament: 1 - 4.72" / 120 mm guns in single mounts, 52.72lbs / 23.91kg shells, 1949 M...

Friday, April 13th 2018, 1:00am

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events, 1948

Novosti News Service, Belgrade, Monday, 6 September 1948 Officials of the Ikarus Aircraft Factory invited members of the aeronautical press to inspect the new IK-7 Pegaz twin engine regional airliner, which is now entering production for Jugoslovenska Aero Transport and the Royal Yugoslav Air Force. It was explained that the demonstration aircraft will soon embark on a tour of potential customers in Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey, Syria, and the Lebanon, in the hopes of garnering export contr...

Thursday, April 12th 2018, 8:26pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1948

La Industria (Trujillo), 12 September 1948 The Oficina de Minas y Desarollo Minero announced today the discovery of significant recoverable gold deposits at Poderosa in La Libertad Department. A spokesman for the ministry suggested that when fully developed the deposits thus far discovered might yield more than two thousand kilograms of gold when properly exploited. There is widespread speculation that the ministry will create a new national company to mine the deposits.

Thursday, April 12th 2018, 3:33am

Author: BruceDuncan

The Big Leagues - Preparations

Berlin-Müggelheim, Monday, Saturday, 11 September 1948 One of the challenges Ernst Blofeld enjoyed was pitting his wits against the hidebound and bureaucratic police forces of Europe; it had begun as a game in his youth, and now was a part of his psyche. His underlings and associates he deployed on a mental chessboard, using to his advantage all the information he had garnered as editor of the Danziger Echo. With greater resources at his disposal he began to scheme anew. The door opened to admit...

Wednesday, April 11th 2018, 10:05pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, 1948

Tam Sa (Paracel Islands), Wednesday, 8 September 1948 The Philippine logistics landing ship Lanao edged into Tam Sa’s harbor under the control of a pilot. She slowly made her way to a hard and after making fast dropped her bow ramp, disgorging a number of loaded trucks and field cars, together with a small detachment of Philippine Air Force maintenance personnel. A party of officers from the Indochinese military met them with the appropriate formalities. Sometime later the Philippine detachment ...

Tuesday, April 10th 2018, 3:34am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Kieler Nachrichten, Tuesday, 7 September 1948 In the latest naval developments, the submarines Zigarrenhai and Schlinghai were launched today in the Schichau yards at Memel, the icebreaking tugs Eiszapfen and Eisberg were launched here, and the icebreaking tug Meereis at Wien. El Mundo (Madrid), Wednesday, 8 September 1948 Recalling the great days of oceanic exploration the German East Indiaman König von Preußen arrived at Corunna late yesterday. A faithful replica of the merchant vessels of the...

Monday, April 9th 2018, 8:38pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Cruiser Marseilles, 56 dgs 6 min North, 18 dgs 46 min East, Monday, 6 September 1948 Capitaine D'Estienne d'Orves stood on the bridge of his ship and scanned the lowering horizon; here in the mid-Baltic summer was already beginning to fade – and the halcyon weather his crews had enjoyed since their arrival would soon change. To port was Marseilles’ squadron mate, the Suffren, to starboard the German cruiser Admiral Hipper, each at four or five cables length. The Russian rocket cruiser Admiral Ko...

Friday, April 6th 2018, 3:39pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events, 1948

Novosti News Service, Bar, Saturday, 4 September 1948 Today, in the Adriatic Shipyards here, the fifth and sixth small landing ships for the Royal Yugoslav Navy were launched. Following their recently completed sisters Demicka and Grabovicka, Landing Ships E and F are due to be completed sometime in November. They are to be followed by at least a further pair, with construction expected to commence in October.

Thursday, April 5th 2018, 7:24pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1948

The Peruvian Times (Lima), 7 September 1948 The first nucleus crews for the ex-Armada destroyers and torpedo boats sold to China have arrived to begin familiarization. Under the terms of the agreement between Peru and China, the latter will take delivery of the vessels beginning next month; it is expected that the transfer rate will depend upon the availability of Chinese crews to man them for a voyage to their new home.

Thursday, April 5th 2018, 2:33am

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, 1948

The China Mail (Hong Kong), Friday, 3 September 1948 A squadron of the Philippine Navy, consisting of the battlecruiser Mindanao and four destroyers, entered Hong Kong today, anchoring in Victoria Harbour. This represents the first formal visit of Philippine naval vessels to Hong Kong in many a year. It is anticipated that the Mindanao and her consorts will remain for several days, before returning to Manila.

Wednesday, April 4th 2018, 8:12pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Kronen Zeitung, Saturday, 4 September 1948 The ice-breaking tug Raueis has arrived at the Bulgarian port of Ruse, where she was shown to Bulgarian officials. She is scheduled to proceed to the Romanian port of Constanta before beginning her return to Linz. Sächsische Zeitung, Sunday, 5 September 1948 The second prototype of the Junkers Ju322 heavy bomber has entered the project’s test programme; this aircraft has been designated for the first flight tests, which, a spokesman indicated, would occ...

Wednesday, April 4th 2018, 3:33am

Author: BruceDuncan

Bread and Butter

The Deutsche Oper, Berlin-Charlottenburg, Sunday, 4 September 1948 As he sat on a bench outside the opera house, Alfred Burcough found himself fidgeting – and willed himself to cease. The arrival of another postcard from Blofeld had summoned him here; and the British naval attaché was certain that at some point the Abwehr would tumble to what was happening. He was not really concerned about Blofeld’s fate; and having diplomatic cover he himself would suffer nothing more than being declared perso...