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Today, 12:07am

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, 1948

The Freeman (Cebu), Friday, 26 November 1948 The naval shipyard at Puerto Princesa is due to complete the escort tanker Aurora today, after which she will run trials and commence a period of operational training with the Western Patrol Force.

Yesterday, 4:21am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Steamer Macclesfield, Grimsby Harbour, Friday, 19 November 1948 The dockside crew swung the gangplank into position while the ship’s passengers mustered on deck. Alexander Mach was among them, his attention focused on the ballet on the quayside. Temporary barriers were erected that would direct the arriving passengers toward the immigration officers who would check their passports and to the customs officers who would inspect their baggage. At last permission was given to allow the passengers to...

Saturday, October 13th 2018, 1:10am

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1948

The Peruvian Times (Lima), 28 November 1948 The Peruvian naval shipyard at Callao saw the launch today of the destroyers Bustamante and Ugarte, the latest of the Cano-class vessels. It is anticipated that a further two vessels of this class will be laid down in next year. In other naval developments, the heavy cruiser Almirante Grau has completed her post-refit trials and has returned to duty with the Peruvian Navy. Failure of timely arrival of Chinese crews to man the recently-sold destroyers a...

Thursday, October 11th 2018, 7:26pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Destroyer Pylkiy, 54 dgs 44 min North, 19 dgs 27 min East, Sunday, 7 November 1948 Admiral Glaser had wasted little time in putting Kozyukhin and the Thirteenth Destroyer Flotilla back to work honing the skills of the crews of the Kriegsmarine’s latest vessels. Their comrades from Pegase, the small aircraft carriers Wallenstein and Pappenheim, had been seconded to the Lehrdivision to recreate on a somewhat smaller scale the force that had sailed on the recently completed exercise. Around the air...

Wednesday, October 10th 2018, 3:23pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, 1948

The Mindanao Post, Wednesday, 24 November 1948 Dateline Zamboanga – the escort tanker Apayao arrived here this morning to take up her assignment with the Southern Patrol Force. The Apayao recently completed her operational training and will commence underway-replenishment training exercises with elements of the Southern Patrol Force. The availability of tanker support is expected to greatly increase the time at sea of the Navy’s thinly-stretched assets in this region.

Monday, October 8th 2018, 3:41pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Diário de Pernambuco, Tuesday, 16 November 1948 The German Navy’s survey vessel Meteor called at Recife yesterday on its homeward voyage. It is anticipated that the ship will remain for several days before departing for its next destination. Berliner Morgenpost, Wednesday, 17 November 1948 The Heereswaffenamt has issued requirements to industry calling for a light, amphibious, scout car to replace the Heer’s remaining stock of Sonderkraftfahrzeug 222 light armoured reconnaissance vehicles. Light...

Sunday, October 7th 2018, 2:20pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Future Developments in German Arms and Ordnance – 1949 to ?

Hood scripset: Quoted A new 8x8 wheeled reconnaissance vehicle sounds an interesting project, you might even end up with a variant like the BTR-60? The Heer's philosophy calls for quiet and stealth for close reconnaissance work. A new wheeled reconnaissance vehicle would look more like a Ferret/Fox. The tracked Luchs is fine enough for the mechanized troops but the infantry needs something to replace the rather elderly OTL spahpanzers.

Saturday, October 6th 2018, 2:28pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Future Developments in German Arms and Ordnance – 1949 to ?

Armored Vehicles If there is one segment of the Heer’s equipment with which it is happy armored vehicles would be it. The Panther battle tank and the Lowe light tank are seen as adequate for the jobs they face, and the tracked support vehicles (Luchs, Marder, etc.) are considered the most advanced in Europe. (YMMV, but that is the Heer’s assessment). Why this attitude? There has been no significant operational experience garnered in WW’s last ten-plus years. Having jumped to the forefront with t...

Saturday, October 6th 2018, 2:26pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Future Developments in German Arms and Ordnance – 1949 to ?

I've been looking at the guns of the period but haven't found anything that speaks to me yet. But the French M50 is one option with which to start.

Saturday, October 6th 2018, 12:59am

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events, 1948

Lagny-sur-Marne, France, Saturday, 13 November 1948 Few leaves remained on the trees that demarcated the garden, and few blossoms on the other plantings; autumn had arrived in full force. But for the moment the skies were bright and the sun delivered its pleasant warmth. The two young people walked slowly, deep in conversation. “What is Yugoslavia like?” “It is mountainous, with deep valleys, rushing rivers, many towns, but few cities. Compared with France, it is quite poor.” Her head shook. “I ...

Friday, October 5th 2018, 3:06pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Artillery

Here I am throwing out my thoughts, rather than concrete plans. Comments welcome. Field Artillery With the exception of the 10.5 cm leichte Feldhaubitze 44 the Heer’s artillery park is getting rather long in the tooth. The basic designs of most of the towed artillery dates to the 1930s, and the self-propelled artillery pieces of the Heer are RL designs of WW2 vintage, with all the limitations thereof. The FH44 is going to have to hold the line while fresh designs are worked out. I’ve figured out...

Friday, October 5th 2018, 5:02am

Author: BruceDuncan

Future Developments in German Arms and Ordnance – 1949 to ?

I envision the discussions with SIG and Kazanlak would tend more along the lines of "This is what we're doing with our SKs, what do you think?" and "You've sold a lot of SKs over the years, if anyone asks about adopting an intermediate round, please keep us in mind". Might additional capacity be necessary for conversions? Not impossible. I'm just trying to sketch the dimensions of the box here.

Thursday, October 4th 2018, 8:00pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Elbinger Volksstimme, Saturday, 13 November 1948 The submarines Zigarenhai and Schlinghai were completed today at the Schichau works at Memel. Following their builders trials they will join the Lehrdivision of the Kriegsmarine for several months of operational training and working-up. Berlin, Abwehr Headquarters, Sunday, 14 November 1948 Gehlen read with interest the report the Abwehr’s Far East desk on Russian activities in Mongolia. The report was thin on factual details but filled with broad ...

Thursday, October 4th 2018, 4:58pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Future Developments in German Arms and Ordnance – 1949 to ?

Thoughts on what developments are contemplated in the future of the Heer's equipment. Small Arms The introduction of the Polte 7.92x45mm intermediate cartridge presented the Heer with a logistics issue that demanded immediate attention. In the years to come this will be addressed in this manner. The Maschinenkarabinier G6 is to be the standard rifle for mechanized and motorized troops, a state to be met as soon as production rates permit. Eventually the G6 will be the standard rifle for all regu...

Wednesday, October 3rd 2018, 10:01pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, 1948

The Philippine Herald, Monday, 15 November 1948 The light cruiser Sorsogon was laid down today at the Cavite naval shipyard, the last of the four Benguet class vessels authorized under the latest fleet law. She is expected to complete early in 1950. While such vessels will definitely strengthen the fighting ability of the fleet, we look forward to the promised new battlecruiser that is contained within the fleet law presently before the Senate.

Wednesday, October 3rd 2018, 8:59pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events, 1948

Rethondes, The Forêt de Compiègne, Thursday, 11 November 1948 Petar had arrived in Paris the preceding Tuesday, and his staff had arranged a rather busy schedule for him well in advance; not only would there be discussions with the French President and his government, but there were the auto show and the air show at which he was expected to make appearances. They were much taken aback when he had insisted in attending only the morning commemorations of the Allied victory in the Great War. Now in...

Wednesday, October 3rd 2018, 1:06pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Operation Pegase

Quoted from "Hood" That's a nice write up and a fitting conclusion to this storyline. Thanks! I hope you found it entertaining.

Wednesday, October 3rd 2018, 12:47am

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Marinestützpunkt Warnemünde, Monday, 1 November 1948 Konteradmiral Maximilian Glaser examined the status reports that lay upon his desk and shook his head. The big fleet exercise in the Atlantic, Pegase – successful and impressive as it might have been – had disrupted the training regimen for the new units coming out of the yard. At the moment the Lehrdivision had no fewer than four major units – two of the Wiesbaden-class air defence destroyers and two of the Aspern-class air defence cruisers –...

Tuesday, October 2nd 2018, 6:40pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Operation Pegase

Quoted from "Brockpaine" Well written. :) Thank you! Thank you! I am sorry to have taken so long to produce it but real life of late has been more hectic than usual, and inspiration somewhat lacking thereby.

Tuesday, October 2nd 2018, 3:56pm

Author: BruceDuncan

After Action

Berlin, The Admiralstab, Thursday, 11 November 1948 It had taken some days to prepare for the formal after-action review of Operation Pegase – the number of reports filed by the participants required considerable time to prepare, review, collate, and analyse was but one hurdle. Senior officers were called from important duties to deliberate on and contribute to the Alliance’s first major operational exercise. The recently concluded Exercise Shaka contributed its own delay. Nevertheless the confe...