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Yesterday, 4:19am

Author: BruceDuncan

A Good Deed (6) – Loose Ends

Brussels, Belgium, Wednesday, 29 September 1948 The Belgians had hesitated a bit, but in the end the Banaczek received his recovery fee, a million and a half Belgian francs. There was much rejoicing in Belgium – save in police circles – that the painting had been safely recovered and that the Ghent Altarpiece was again complete. Flush with success Banaczek opted to travel to Berlin by air, rather than by train. Before boarding his flight he sent a cable to Blofeld arranging a meeting in Schönefe...

Yesterday, 1:54am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Argentinisches Tageblatt (Cordoba), Wednesday, 22 September 1948 The first group of German volunteer rescue workers began their return journey today, having completed their immediate tasks in the wake of the Salta Earthquake. Others remain for the time being, assisting in reconstruction and recovery, and may do so for several more weeks. Their efforts have been lauded by local and national authorities. Transradio Press Service, Thursday, 23 September 1948 The German sailing ship König von Preuße...

Sunday, May 20th 2018, 2:23pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Good news!

Interesting. As a subscriber, I have yet to receive any communication from Photobucket relating to this change of policy. I look forward to receiving such an official statement.

Friday, May 18th 2018, 2:41pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, 1948

Manila, The American Embassy, Monday, 27 September 1948 Commander Trevor Stevens’ monthly report to the Navy Department in Washington was smaller than the one he had filed the previous month. Shipyards throughout the archipelago were working flat out to complete vessels previously projected; according to his informants, and his own observations, only two new vessels – a pair of antisubmarine gunboats, would be laid down before the end of the year. Far more importantly, a large number of ships wo...

Thursday, May 17th 2018, 3:46pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events, 1948

Belgrade, Sunday, 19 September 1948 Prime Minister Nikola Karasec was enjoying a rare thing – a quiet Sunday morning in which to catch up on his busy life – there was no pressing business of state that demanded his attention – today at least; there were no immediate threats to the security of the state requiring action – for the moment; there was even no strife within the cabinet for him to attempt to calm – something he had not seen since the late King’s death. He lingered over a cup of coffee ...

Wednesday, May 16th 2018, 3:32pm

Author: BruceDuncan

A Good Deed (5) – Discovery

Ghent, Belgium, Monday, 27 September 1948 As instructed Sergeant Vendredi and Corporal Gannon had tailed Banaczek on his peregrinations about the city over the last several days. On Friday he had returned to the cathedral from whence the painting had been stolen, consulting with the sub-dean about the renovations that had been carried out around the time of the theft. He then took himself off to the library, where he spent several hours reading the newspapers of the time – they presumed he was f...

Tuesday, May 15th 2018, 10:01pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Operation Pegase

Aircraft carrier Wallenstein, 58 dgs 29 min North, 4 dgs 18min East, Monday, 20 September 1948 Engel had ordered a course change to the north shortly after midnight; his intentions were to pass well to the east of the Shetlands before attempting a breakout to the Atlantic. Already the task force’s electronic detection gear was picking up the first, tentative, shadowing aircraft. Those on the eastern lobe he judged to be Nordish – their bases were barely a hundred kilometres away. Those to the we...

Monday, May 14th 2018, 4:18pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Operation Pegase

Oops. My bad. Someone better fix the Admiralstab's charts.

Sunday, May 13th 2018, 1:18am

Author: BruceDuncan

Operation Pegase

The Admiralstab, Berlin, Sunday, 19 September 1948 The map on the plotting table in the Operations Room showed the vast expanse of the North Sea and the North Atlantic, though at the moment it showed relatively few markers. “Have the two halves of our task force made rendezvous?” Bramesfeld, Director of Plans, had only just arrived. “Yes, Admiral Engel sent the rendezvous signal an hour ago.” Merten usually had such details at his fingertips. “Well Gerlach, have the English reacted yet? We made ...

Sunday, May 13th 2018, 12:41am

Author: BruceDuncan

Operation Pegase

Repository for posts pertaining to the forthcoming Franco-German-Russian fleet exercise. (more to follow) RN in-character comments are welcome here too ;)

Saturday, May 12th 2018, 3:26pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1948

Diario Oficial El Peruano (Lima), 25 September 1948 The Ministry of National Defense has directed the Empresa Nacional de Aviación to commence design studies for a new advanced training aircraft for the Fuerza Aérea del Perú, with the expectation that a prototype aircraft might be flown sometime before the close of 1949. The directive includes the requirement that the aircraft be capable of light ground attack duties.

Friday, May 11th 2018, 9:44pm

Author: BruceDuncan

A Good Deed (4) – The Neighbourhood

Ghent, Belgium, Thursday, 23 September 1948 Having spent the morning with Commissioner Luysterborghs and the late morning-early afternoon examining the cathedral, Tomasz Banaczek found himself somewhat famished and certainly thirsty; to rectify this situation he walked across the square that fronted the cathedral and found a brasserie with a free table and ordered the house speciality, steak frites, and a lager. Inwardly he chuckled, for seated two tables away were the pair of shadows – obviousl...

Wednesday, May 9th 2018, 6:40pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events, 1948

Novosti News Service, Mostar, Wednesday, 15 September 1948 A delegation of foreign dignitaries arrived at the Soko Works for an opportunity to inspect the first pre-production Strsljen jet fighter aircraft and to witness a demonstration of its flying characteristics. The announcement that the Royal Yugoslav Air Force had placed initial orders for one hundred aircraft heralded the arrival of the delegation, which included military attaches from several nations. Delivery of the first production St...

Tuesday, May 8th 2018, 4:36pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, 1948

The Manila Times, Saturday, 25 September 1948 The Ministry of Defense revealed today that construction of the first planned “sea fort” at the Scarborough Shoals naval station has begun. Three such forts are planned, though the present funding is sufficient only for the first of these. The ministry spokesman indicated that the concrete platforms upon which the structural steel of the forts themselves have been poured and it is expected that erection of the forts will commence sometime late next m...

Saturday, May 5th 2018, 12:59am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Die Welt Am Sonntag, Sunday, 19 September 1948 This year’s Berlin Auto Show saw quite a number of new models of automobiles from domestic and foreign manufacturers. Drawing much interest was the new Meisterklasse from DKW (top left). Ford introduced a new combi variant of its Taunus (top centre), and Hanomag returned to auto manufacture with its Partner (top right). DKW also saw entry of its Schnellaster light van, competing head to head with the Volkswagen Transporter. Aimed squarely at commerc...

Thursday, May 3rd 2018, 10:46pm

Author: BruceDuncan

A Good Deed (3) – The Scene

Ghent, Belgium, Thursday, 23 September 1948 Tomasz Banaczek had arrived in Brussels two days before, stopping briefly to review the facts in the matter of the theft of the De Rechtvaardige Rechters, as well as confirming that the Belgian authorities’ offer of a reward for the discovery of the painting was still open. His contacts in the Belgian police however had little else to add to what he knew. He then had journeyed to Ghent, the scene of the crime, and as a dutiful investigator had gone str...

Tuesday, May 1st 2018, 7:33pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, 1948

The Philippine Herald, Monday, 20 September 1948 This morning saw the departure of a delegation of technical specialist from the Philippine Aircraft Development Company for the Russian Federation, where they will study the manufacturing techniques for the MiG-15 fighter aircraft. Their work will see them spend several months at the Komsomolsk-on-Amur aircraft factory, and upon their return they will lead the license production of the MiG-15 for the Philippine Air Force. A similar delegation of R...

Tuesday, May 1st 2018, 12:28am

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1948

The Peruvian Times (Lima), 18 September 1948 The destroyers Confederacion and Republica entered the dockyards today to begin the process of paying off prior to disposal. The two ships are scheduled to commence stripping and demolition next month. The disposition of the relatively modern armament removed from these vessels has been a subject of debate in military circles, with suggestions brought forward regarding the strengthening of coastal defenses in the northern provinces.

Saturday, April 28th 2018, 7:28pm

Author: BruceDuncan

A Good Deed (2)

The Berlin-Brussels Express, Monday, 20 September 1948 Sitting in his first-class carriage Tomasz Banaczek pondered the matter brought to his attention by Blofeld. De Rechtvaardige Rechters – also known as the Just Judges – had been stolen from the Saint Bavo Cathedral in Ghent in 1934 and never recovered. There was some controversy as to the true identity of the thief; a Belgian named Arsène Goedertier, who had held the painting for ransom but who died before the transaction was completed. For ...

Friday, April 27th 2018, 8:00pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Cruiser Marseilles, The Sound, Friday, 17 September 1948 The Marseilles led the column into the waters betwixt Nordmark and Denmark – the Suffren followed, then the Admiral Hipper, then the Admiral Kolchak, and the Russian destroyers of the Thirteenth Flotilla in turn. In the narrow and busy channel close attention had to be paid to proper station-keeping; so too was it necessary to mind protocol, and offer the salutes to the Danes and to the Nords that tradition demanded; both bridge crews and ...