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Yesterday, 4:04pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Operation Pegase

Destroyer Pylkiy, 49 dgs 36 min North, 4 dgs 7 min West, Thursday, 7 October 1948 The Pylkiy was in the lead of the starboard column, her flotilla mates following in her wake. They were maintaining a steady twelve knots – there was no reason to speed in the busy shipping lanes of the Channel. To port the task force’s aircraft carriers and their immediate escorts formed the centre column, while the cruisers took position to port. Captain Pavel Kozyukhin was on the bridge, aware that in their pres...

Yesterday, 12:59am

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events, 1948

The Ministry of Defence, Belgrade, Monday, 4 October 1948 Major General Lav Rupnik reviewed with satisfaction the report on the present state of the Royal Yugoslav Air Force. Deliveries of the first Dassault Ouragan II jet fighters had allowed two units, the 91st Squadron at Zagreb and the 92nd Squadron at Nova Pazova to begin conversion – he hoped that they might be operational by Christmas. The 82nd and 85th Squadrons had reformed at Kraljevo, giving up their obsolescent Zmaj bombers for the n...

Monday, July 16th 2018, 10:45pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Operation Pegase

Aircraft Carrier Wallenstein, 48 dgs 32 min North 5 dgs 20 min West, Wednesday, 6 October 1948 Engel had led his reunited and resupplied task force out of the harbour of Brest that morning for their homeward voyage. At the moment their course was due north, with Ushant bearing to the southeast. “Have we cleared Ushant?” The navigator checked his charts for the third time. “Ten more minutes to assure we avoid any reefs Herr Admiral.” Engel waited. He wanted to make certain that he had plenty of s...

Monday, July 16th 2018, 7:26pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Survey Ship Komet, Manila, The Philippines, Monday, 4 October 1948 The Komet exchanged salutes with the Fortress of Corregidor that guarded the harbour entrance, she subsequently was assigned to an anchorage to await a visit by a representative of the captain of the port. It was a protocol that Fregattenkapitän Lehmann-Willenbrock had followed many times before, in ports around the world. Once he had paid his formal calls ashore he would be able to arrange with the embassy for provisioning and w...

Friday, July 13th 2018, 9:50pm

Author: BruceDuncan

A Spectre Rising

A Disloyal Exchange Berlin-Oberschöneweide, Saturday, 2 October 1948 A rundown warehouse in an industrial district was not the sort of place that Ernst Blofeld chose to conduct his meetings; neither was he accustomed to have his bodyguard, Kowalski, present. However this treff would be different – an exchange of high value merchandise, with the real possibility of betrayal on the part of either party. Other operatives waited outside to admit Blofeld’s visitor upon his arrival; the wait was not l...

Friday, July 13th 2018, 7:30pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, October 1948

The Peruvian Times (Lima), 2 October 1948 The first group of Ancon-class torpedo boats sold to China have been formally handed over in special ceremonies at the Callao naval base. The entire Ancon class, and the Capitan Valdez class destroyers, will be transferred over the coming months. The sale has sparked concerns in foreign circles but on the whole has been met with approval by both the Peruvian naval staff and by government officials. The proceeds of the sale are expected to be used to fina...

Thursday, July 12th 2018, 7:20pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Operation Pegase

Aircraft Carrier Wallenstein, Brest, France, Sunday, 3 October 1948 Engel read the dispatch from Berlin, approving his suggestion for the task force’s homeward course, which also left the timing of their departure to his discretion. This last point was important, for the crews of the ships of the task force – German, Russian, and French – were enjoying their liberty in the Breton town, which had opened its arms to them. There had been an impromptu fete at which his crews were given tokens in rec...

Thursday, July 12th 2018, 3:29pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events, 1948

Delivery Status Report, 31 December 1948 Domestic Ground Ordnance Production M43 Service Rifle -:- 39,000 M47 GP Machinegun -:- 1,806 M39 Aircraft Machinegun -:- 150 M37 Tank Machinegun -:- 90 M47 Recoilless Gun -:- 600 M32 Hand Grenade -:- 255,000 Small Arms Ammunition -:- 28,500,000 Artillery Ammunition -:- 375,000 Domestic Vehicle Production for Royal Yugoslav Army Zastava M40 0.25-ton Truck -:- 150 Zastava M41 1.5-ton Truck -:- 600 Novi Sad M44 3-ton Truck -:- 1,010 Novi Sad M46 Artillery Tr...

Thursday, July 12th 2018, 3:24pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events, October 1948

Report of the Hungarian Military Attaché, Belgrade, Friday, 1 October 1948 Sources indicate that two more small amphibious vessels have been laid down for the Yugoslav Navy at the shipyards at Bar, raising the total of such craft built or building to eight. It is not entirely clear what the Yugoslavs intend for such a large number of landing ships. Their utility to support operations along the Dalmatian coast is clear but given the disparity of forces between Italy and Yugoslavia the opportunity...

Thursday, July 12th 2018, 1:28am

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, October 1948

The Mindanao Journal, Friday, 1 October 1948 The antisubmarine gunboats Vigía and Atalaya were laid down today in the Butuan naval shipyard. These vessels are accorded priority status and it is expected that they will be launched before the end of the year. They have been preceded by six sister vessels, two of which are still under construction. As the Senate is still debating the naval program for the next fiscal year it is unclear at this time whether this class of vessel will be continued.

Wednesday, July 11th 2018, 9:13pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, October 1948

Militär-Wochenblatt, Friday, 1 October 1948 In naval news, no fewer than six major warships were laid down today for the Kriegsmarine, marking another major step forward in Germany’s naval renaissance. In the Deschimag yard at Bremerhaven the escort aircraft carrier Oldenburg and the light cruiser Heidelberg saw their keels laid, while the escort aircraft carrier Mecklenburg was begun in Deschimag’s Cuxhaven facility. The light cruiser Braunschweig was laid down in the Kiel dockyard, while in th...

Monday, July 9th 2018, 8:09pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Capitan Valdes Class Destroyer

(Historical data) Capitan Valdes, Peruvian Destroyer laid down 1931 Capitan Hernandez, Peruvian Destroyer laid down 1931 Teniente Galvez, Peruvian Destroyer laid down 1933 Teniente Ferre, Peruvian Destroyer laid down 1933 Teniente Palacios, Peruvian Destroyer laid down 1933 Teniente Rodriguez, Peruvian Destroyer laid down 1935 Capitan Aguierre, Peruvian Destroyer laid down 1939 Capitan Carvajal, Peruvian Destroyer laid down 1940 Displacement: 1,877 t light; 1,956 t standard; 2,120 t normal; 2,25...

Monday, July 9th 2018, 8:07pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Ancon Class Torpedo Boat

(Historical data) First of this German-designed class began construction in 1934. DD Ancon laid down 1934 DD Mollendo laid down 1935 DD Tacna laid down 1936 DD Tumbes laid down 1936 DD Trujillo laid down 1936 DD Puno laid down 1939 DD Iquitos laid down 1940 DD Arequipa laid down 1940 Displacement: 987 t light; 1,039 t standard; 1,139 t normal; 1,218 t full load Dimensions: Length overall / water x beam x draught 323.74 ft / 311.68 ft x 29.53 ft x 10.83 ft (normal load) [98.68 m / 95.00 m x 9.00 ...

Monday, July 9th 2018, 7:56pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Corongo class Small Transport

Corongo, Peruvian Small Transport laid down 1948 Displacement: 685 t light; 709 t standard; 1,085 t normal; 1,386 t full load Dimensions: Length overall / water x beam x draught 196.32 ft / 190.94 ft x 36.09 ft x 9.19 ft (normal load) [59.84 m / 58.20 m x 11.00 m x 2.80 m] Armament: 2 - 1.46" / 37.0 mm guns (1x2 guns), 1.55lbs / 0.70kg shells, 1948 Model Anti-aircraft guns in deck mount on centerline forward 4 - 0.79" / 20.0 mm guns (2x2 guns), 0.24lbs / 0.11kg shells, 1948 Model Anti-aircraft g...

Monday, July 9th 2018, 7:53pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Carrasco class Destroyer Tender

Carrasco, Peruvian Destroyer Tender laid down 1948 Displacement: 2,321 t light; 2,409 t standard; 3,253 t normal; 3,929 t full load Dimensions: Length overall / water x beam x draught 333.02 ft / 327.43 ft x 44.46 ft x 15.19 ft (normal load) [101.51 m / 99.80 m x 13.55 m x 4.63 m] Armament: 2 - 4.13" / 105 mm guns (1x2 guns), 35.32lbs / 16.02kg shells, 1948 Model Dual purpose guns in deck mount on centerline forward 4 - 1.46" / 37.0 mm guns (2x2 guns), 1.55lbs / 0.70kg shells, 1948 Model Anti-ai...

Saturday, July 7th 2018, 6:50pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian Naval Program 4th Quarter 1948

Peruvian Naval Program 4th Quarter 1948 Production Available Factories: 4.0 Producing Warship Material: 4.0 Tonnage Produced: 4,000 Producing Infrastructure (Committed): 0.0 Producing Infrastructure (Non - Committed): Infrastructure Points Produced: 0.0 Bonus IP for Committed Factories: 0.0 Total IP Available: 0.0 Tonnage Produced: 4,000 Proceeds from Ship Sales: 3,100 Tonnage Recovered from Scrapping: 0 Tonnage Previously Stockpiled: 1,817 Total Tonnage Available: 8,917 Tonnage Transferred Out:...

Saturday, July 7th 2018, 6:47pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine Naval Construction, 4th Quarter 1948

A. Factories Factories: 11 Factories Producing Warship Material: 11 Tonnage Produced: 11,000 Factories Producing Infrastructure (Committed): 0 Factories Producing Infrastructure (Non - Committed): 0 Infrastructure Points Produced: 0.00 Bonus IP for Committed Factories: 0.00 Total IP Available: 0.00 Tonnage Produced: 11,000 Tonnage Transferred In: 0 Tonnage Received in Payment: 0 Tonnage Reclaimed From Scrap: 0 Tonnage Previously Stockpiled: 3,685 Total Tonnage Available: 14,685 Tonnage Paid: 0 T...

Saturday, July 7th 2018, 6:45pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslavia 4Q48 Sim Report

Yugoslavia 4Q48 Sim Report A. Factories Factories : 2 Producing Warship Material : 1 Tonnage Produced : 1,000 Producing Infrastructure (Committed) : 1 Producing Infrastructure (Non - Committed) : 0 Infrastructure Points Produced : 0.10 Bonus IP for Committed Factories : 0.10 Total IP Available : 0.20 Tonnage Produced : 1,000 Tonnage Transferred In : 0 Tonnage Received in Payment : 0 Tonnage Reclaimed From Scrap : 0 Tonnage Previously Stockpiled : 809 Total Tonnage Available : 1,809 Tonnage Paid ...

Saturday, July 7th 2018, 6:42pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German Naval Construction Programme, Fourth Quarter 1948

German Naval Construction Programme, Fourth Quarter 1948 A. Factories Factories: 31 Available: 31 Producing Warship Material: 31 Tonnage Produced: 31,000 Producing Infrastructure (Committed): 0 Producing Infrastructure (Non - Committed): 0 Infrastructure Points Produced: 0.0 Bonus IP for Committed Factories: 0.0 Total IP Available: 0.0 Tonnage Produced: 31,000 Tonnage Transferred In: 0 Tonnage Received in Payment: 0 Tonnage Reclaimed From Scrap: 0 Tonnage Previously Stockpiled: 3,116 Total Tonn...

Friday, July 6th 2018, 6:19pm

Author: BruceDuncan

The Rade de Brest

The roadstead and harbor of Brest, France