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Yesterday, 6:25pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Operation Pegase

The Foreign Office, Whitehall, London 7:00 PM, Monday, 11 October 1948 Otto, Prince von Bismarck had expected a summons to the Foreign Office for the last several weeks – in some respects he was surprised that the English had not raised objections to the latest Alliance naval exercises sooner. The thought of foreign warships calmly sailing through waters the English considered to be their own was no doubt a blow to their amour-propre. The usher opened the door to admit him to the Foreign Secreta...

Yesterday, 1:33am

Author: BruceDuncan

Operation Pegase

Aircraft Carrier Wallenstein, 54 dgs 8 min North, 5 dgs 10 min East, Sunday, 10 October 1948 Signal flags fluttered at the mastheads of the flagship, and with well-drilled precision the task force split into two; the French and Russian vessels continued on their now easterly course, heading for Brunsbüttel and the entrance to the Kaiser Wilhelm Canal. They would be returning to the Baltic to resume their part in the Grand Alliance joint training scheme. The two aircraft carriers and their escort...

Friday, August 17th 2018, 8:05pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Hamburger Abendblatt, Tuesday, 19 October 1948 The air defence destroyers Kassel and Trier, the last vessels of the Wiesbaden-class, were completed today. Following their initial sea trials they will spend the next months training in the Baltic before joining the fleet next spring. The Portuguese Fort, Bahrain, Wednesday, 20 October 1948 The sun hung low on the western horizon when the members of the expedition gathered around the dinner table to compare notes of the day’s activities. Bessig and...

Monday, August 13th 2018, 3:03pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Operation Pegase

The North Sea, 52 dgs 11 min North 3 dgs 19 min East, Saturday, 9 October 1948 The quartet of Dorniers maintained their position above the British destroyers for some time before there was an overt reaction from the trailing ships. As the Alliance task force continued its course to the northeast, the destroyers made a course change, first to the north-northeast and thence turning back to the west, heading in the general direction of Harwich. The Dorniers adjusted their own track to maintain posi...

Saturday, August 11th 2018, 1:36am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Dithmarscher Landeszeitung, Saturday, 16 October 1948 The air defence destroyers Aachen and Eisenach joined the fleet today following completion of their operational training in the Baltic. Light Cruiser Custoza, 3 dgs 26 min North, 126 dgs 20 min East, Sunday, 17 October 1948 Konteradmiral Bernhard Rogge now flew his flag from the Custoza, which with her sister Novara and two frigates was exercising in the waters of the Celebes Sea. They were due to rendezvous with a commercial tanker chartered...

Thursday, August 9th 2018, 7:03pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, 1948

Manila Bay, Wednesday, 20 October 1948 In the fading light of dusk the newly operational submarines Cygnus and Claravis stood down the channel that led to the open sea. Each would be escorted by a minesweeper until night fell completely; then, under cover of darkness, they would begin their patrols. Sealed orders would be opened, disclosing the details of their individual missions, but the officers and crew of each boat had a good idea where they would be going – the South China Sea was the favo...

Wednesday, August 8th 2018, 1:04pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, 1948

Quoted from "Brockpaine" Eh? I'm confused... Why is the Philippines poking at Iberian territory? And why is there "Chinese buildup" in Iberian territory? If the Chinese have invaded San Hainando, then it's time for me to get my Red Army on for the start of World War... well, I guess in Wesworld it'd be World War II, wouldn't it? :P Eek! ?( I go fix this now... Sorry All gone now. Nothing happening here. Just move along...

Tuesday, August 7th 2018, 3:10pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1948

El Popular (Lima), 29 October 1948 The corvettes Huancabamba and Zarumila were launched today at the Servicios Industriales de la Marina yard at Callao, and towed to the yard’s fitting-out wharf where work on them will continue; they are expected to be completed early next year. These vessels are intended for oceanic patrols in the waters off our coast, assuring the integrity of our maritime zones.

Saturday, August 4th 2018, 7:27pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Operation Pegase

The North Sea, 52 dgs 10 min North 3 dgs 16 min East, Saturday, 9 October 1948 The Dorniers continued to fly their racetrack pattern above the British destroyers as the latter continued to follow the track of the Alliance task force to the northwest. Several hours after their arrival the navigator in Dornier 330 J-for-Josef notified the pilot that they had passed the three-degree east of Greenwich mark. The pilot noted the fact but took no immediate action, waiting for the morning’s weather to f...

Friday, August 3rd 2018, 6:16pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, 1948

The Philippine Herald, Saturday, 16 October 1948 It is right and proper that we note and applaud the recent additions to the combat forces of the Philippine Navy, our first line of defense. In the last months our destroyer flotillas and submarine force have seen substantial augmentation, with further vessels to come in the months ahead. But it is also proper to recognize the wisdom of the Senate and the Naval Staff in strengthening the Navy’s service forces. Today marks the final commissioning o...

Thursday, August 2nd 2018, 3:49pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Transradio Press Service, Wednesday, 13 October 1948 The reconstructed East Indiaman König von Preußen called at the Nordish port of Bergen to conduct minor repairs occasioned by nasty weather encountered on her voyage around the Orkney Islands, She is expected to depart in three days for the last leg of her homeward voyage. Dithmarscher Landeszeitung, Thursday, 14 October 1948 The work on converting the victualing store issue ships Jänschwalde and Gerringswalde was completed today, and the ship...

Wednesday, August 1st 2018, 5:10pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, 1948

Manila, The American Embassy, Friday, 15 October 1948 Commander Trevor Stevens returned to his office and carefully hung up his uniform jacket; Manila’s heat was stifling, and the ceiling fan provided small relief. He sat down to write up his impressions of the morning’s activities – he had been to attend the launching of the latest of the Philippine Navy’s cruisers, the Batangas, and the opportunity to observe the work in the Cavite dockyard was illuminating. He could easily see the progress on...

Wednesday, August 1st 2018, 3:56am

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1948

Quoted from "Brockpaine" Were Confederacion and Republica ever up for sale, btw? No, they were not. At the time the market looked rather thin and having just managed to sell the Ancons and the Valdezs to China I did not want to push matters too far. So I deliberately chose to scrap them rather than sell them.

Wednesday, August 1st 2018, 1:55am

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1948

El Comercio (Lima), 16 October 1948 The demolition of the destroyers Independencia and Union was completed today at the Servicios Industriales de la Marina yard at Callao; the last of the steel scrap has been removed from the dry docks where the ships were broken up, and the docks will now be prepared to receive the destroyers Confederacion and Republica. The stripping of their hulls as begun, and the armament, machinery, and any other useful equipment will be removed to storage before they are ...

Monday, July 30th 2018, 2:05am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Die Welt am Sonntag, Sunday, 10 October 1948 Though it has been displaced from service with the Deutsche Lufthansa, the Junkers Ju252 continues in service around the globe. In the competitive European market the Ju252 has been succeeded by the turbo-propeller Ju352, but the older Ju252 still forms the backbone of many airline fleets. Iberia Airlines, among European operators, continues to fly the Ju252, favouring the ease of maintenance of its piston engines compared with the complex turboprop. ...

Sunday, July 29th 2018, 6:50pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Operation Pegase

The North Sea, 51 dgs 45 min North 2 dgs 54 min East, Saturday, 9 October 1948 It was not long after local dawn that the Dornier 330 J-for-Josef spotted the four British destroyers trailing the Alliance task force, which was busily assuming its three-column formation, there being sufficient sea room to do so. J-for-Josef closed with the British formation and assumed a racetrack course above them, keeping a respectful altitude and distance – close enough to make observation easy, far enough to re...

Saturday, July 28th 2018, 1:57am

Author: BruceDuncan

Endgame

The Berlin-Zurich Express, Sunday, 10 October 1948 Ernst Blofeld sat quietly in his compartment while the train rushed towards the Swiss frontier. They had passed through the station at Ulm an hour previously. Kowalski’s ears were alert for any sound in the corridor – not that Blofeld felt any reason for concern – it was just Kowalski’s way; something that made him very valuable as a bodyguard. The forger Kruger was with them as well – while Blofeld had no immediate need for the forger’s service...

Friday, July 27th 2018, 3:16pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events, 1948

Novosti News Service, Belgrade, 7 October 1948 The Foreign Ministry announced today that His Majesty King Petar will make a state visit to France later this year. Speculation exists that the timing of the visit will coincide with the Paris motor show; details have not been forthcoming pending discussions with the Quai d'Orsay.

Friday, July 27th 2018, 2:04am

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, 1948

Quoted from "Rooijen10" ... so reading that last bit, either there will be no one left of the team to be picked up or or the submarine that is supposed to pick them up will lie on the bottom of the South China Sea... I find your lack of faith disturbing...

Thursday, July 26th 2018, 12:41am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Deutsche Presse-Agentur, Thursday, 7 October 1948 The Ministry of Economics has given its approval to a draft agreement between the Deschimag firm and the government of Yugoslavia regarding the provision of technical assistance to the latter for the construction of Eisblume-class river icebreaking tugs for the Royal Yugoslav Navy Argentinisches Tageblatt (Cordoba), Friday, 8 October 1948 The last group of German volunteers assisting in recovery efforts in the wake of the Salta earthquake departe...