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Sunday, October 7th 2018, 5:06pm

Author: Hood

Future Developments in German Arms and Ordnance – 1949 to ?

*posts a Ferret brochure to the relevant department* The Germans always seemed to go for larger scout in OTL, I agree though that a smaller 4x4 vehicle would be better as a proper scout.

Sunday, October 7th 2018, 10:37am

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1948

14 November The Ubangi-Shari government today formally agreed to join the Customs Union. 17 November Electrorail N.V. has been founded as a subsidiary of the Dutch Railways focusing on the applications of electronics. The head office is located in Utrecht. Electrorail originated from the Railway Construction Company, located in Maarssen and manufactures train motors, small electric motors, frequency converters and parts for the Amsterdam tram and Arnhem trolleybus fleets. The Electro Coat Divisi...

Sunday, October 7th 2018, 10:36am

Author: Hood

Belgian News 1948

13 November The Belgian registered cargo ship Rene ran aground on the Rocks of Mansonria off Fedala, Morocco in a storm today. Although the crew were rescued, the ship is feared to be a constructive total loss. 14 November The new M-48 Class MTBs MT-5 and MT-6 commissioned with the 1st Motor Torpedo Squadron at Zeebrugge today, bringing this unit to a full complement of new craft.

Sunday, October 7th 2018, 10:29am

Author: Hood

Future Developments in German Arms and Ordnance – 1949 to ?

Have you looked at some of the stillborn German projects from WW2 as a basis, or perhaps Skoda designs from the early post-war period to base a design on? I feel the shift to SPGs will become irresistible. The British Army has a range of new SPGs for its heavier guns for armoured formations and corps artillery, its only low-rate production in fairly small numbers but given the increase in airpower they days of massed gun emplacements might be waning. Of course we still have no counter-battery ra...

Thursday, October 4th 2018, 10:01am

Author: Hood

Netherlands Air Force Plans

During 1949 the Luchmacht will also take delivery of 24 SH.40 Tourbillon helicopters during 1949 to form at least one operational squadron and a training unit. No final decision has yet been reached on an order for the smaller scouting helicopter.

Wednesday, October 3rd 2018, 9:58am

Author: Hood

Operation Pegase

That's a nice write up and a fitting conclusion to this storyline.

Saturday, September 29th 2018, 11:20am

Author: Hood

Netherlands Air Force Plans

In addition to the Koolhoven F.K.65 above, new aircraft flying for the first time or entering service during 1949 will be: Entering Service Fokker D.28A This is a variant of the basic D.XXVIII jet fighter design developed for the Royal Netherlands Air Force East Indies Command (KLNI). The main differences are; stronger undercarriage, improved cockpit air conditioning, greater generator capacity, hardpoints capable of carrying up to 500kg each and a more powerful 3,500lb Swazi 4 turbojet. 115 wer...

Saturday, September 29th 2018, 11:04am

Author: Hood

Argentine Army 1949

There are a few changes planned for 1949. All 48 T-6M41 'Nahuel’ (Tiger) heavy tanks are to be re-engined with a 520hp HFDASA D-152 12-cyl diesel which will replace the original 500hp FMA-Lorraine Dietrich 12EB 12-cyl petrol engine. The speed will remain the same but the range will increase from 155 to 175 miles. The main aim is to improve reliability and reduce the fire hazard in combat. The last six TG-1M35 Self Propelled Armoured Guns in use with the Tank School will be retired in 1949. Due t...

Wednesday, September 26th 2018, 8:46pm

Author: Hood

Belgian Army Plans

New stuff for 1949 comprises: The Cockerill C 90 / L32 90mm Anti-Tank Gun under development since 1947 will enter production. A new vehicle entering service next year is the T-22, also known as the CATI 90 (Canon antitank d'infanterie automoteur 90mm), a self-propelled gun based on the VUC-2 armed with a Cockerill C 90 / L32 90mm anti-tank gun. 100 were ordered in March 1947. Weight: 9.84 tons laden Length: 14 ft 9 in (4.49 m) Width: 7 ft 7 in (2.28 m) Height: 5 ft 7 inch (1.70 m) Engine: 110hp ...

Wednesday, September 26th 2018, 8:38pm

Author: Hood

Netherlands Army Plans

New stuff for 1949. DAF LPA-49 Marine Pantserwagen This is an amphibious version of the M44 reconnaissance armoured car equipped with inflatable canvas screens and deep wading equipment. The engine drives two small propellers when the vehicle is in the water, each has a small rudder. The Marines have ordered 60 vehicles, 16 will equip a reconnaissance company in each of the three Marine brigades. All will be built on the DAF-Batavia production line. Dimensions: 4.65 x 2.37 x 2.39 m Weight: 8 ton...

Thursday, September 20th 2018, 10:07am

Author: Hood

1940s IJN designs

In that case the rationale seems quite sound, and at least doing it that way will have given the correct topweight/ stability calc for the superfiring launchers.

Wednesday, September 19th 2018, 1:41pm

Author: Hood

1940s IJN designs

Seems a reasonable design overall as a testbed. I'm not sure whether its best to sim the launcher and missile magazine as a gun mount or just rely on misc weight. I can see pros and cons with either method. At least this way it reserves space within the hull armour and some additional weight, although it will throw your recoil stats off a bit.

Monday, September 17th 2018, 1:41pm

Author: Hood

German News and Events, 1948

Some interesting developments afoot.

Sunday, September 16th 2018, 10:39am

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

8 November The King today issued Letters Patent granting the title of Prince or Princess of the United Kingdom, with the style Royal Highness, to the children of The Duke of Edinburgh and The Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh. Their first child is due later this month. 14 November Princess Elizabeth today gave birth to a son.

Sunday, September 16th 2018, 10:33am

Author: Hood

Meanwhile, in Russia: 1948

Agreed, much to ponder on. Operation August Storm was an excellent read. It's a pity that parador isn't around at the moment to comment. I don't think Britain will have much to say on the matter when the news becomes public.

Sunday, September 9th 2018, 11:39am

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1948

1 November The Governor General of the Dutch East Indies, Dr Hubertus Johannes van Mook has been dismissed and replaced by Dr Louis Joseph Maria Beel. Van Mook has long been in favour of progressive Indonesian politics and in 1930 was one of the founders of the so-called ‘Weir Group'. As a member of the Assembly, Van Mook called for improving the living standard of the Javanese population and the better treatment of political prisoners. On 20 November 1941 he became Minister of Colonies but he r...

Thursday, September 6th 2018, 10:10am

Author: Hood

British Army 1949

I have to confess to having no additional details on the FV307 other than the scant online sources. As you say it is too early for a counter-battery radar, although it is possible that that it what the plan was OTL. It seems more likely to have been for AA battery fire-control. The chassis is quite small so I envision a narrow-beam target indication/ranging radar for AA batteries.

Tuesday, September 4th 2018, 8:29pm

Author: Hood

British Army 1949

A look ahead at what new weapons and vehicles will enter service next year and updates on research and development programmes. Tanks & Armoured Vehicles FV307: An RDF vehicle with hull of the FV306/02 light ARV using the FV300 series light tank chassis. To enter service in 1949. FV311: An armoured carrier variant of the FV300 series light tank chassis using the hull of the FV310 Armoured Carrier but fitted for carriage of cargo and ammunition. These will equip Armoured Divisions as resupply vehi...

Saturday, September 1st 2018, 2:40pm

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1948

20 October Off Balikpapan six days of intensive naval exercises have begun. Exercise Golden Horn is designed to test the readiness of the DEI's coastal defence fleet. 27 October Discussions began in Amsterdam today about the possibility of forming a Dutch television network across the country. A panel of experts has been appointed to assess the technical requirements a television broadcasting system would require. It is possible that an initial broadcasting channel could be operational within tw...

Saturday, September 1st 2018, 11:58am

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

20 October BCAC announced today that the Royal Thai Air Force has ordered 24 ex-RAF Buccaneer maritime patrol/strike aircraft to replace their ageing Handley Page Hereford fleet. The aircraft will be overhauled at Filton and delivered early next year. 27 October–6 November The London Motor Show at Earls Court. A record 562,954 visitors witness a wide range of new products from British manufacturers. Several new models have been unveiled or displayed for the first time at a major British exhibiti...