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Wednesday, April 24th 2019, 7:50pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Marinestützpunkt Warnemünde, 10 March 1949 The Kapitan Kazarsky-class large amphibious ship Stepan Novikov had arrived in the harbour the previous evening, and today would be inspected by Konteradmiral Glaser and his guest, Vize-admiral August Becker, chief of the Kriegsmarine’s expeditionary forces. Both men were eager to see the Novikov, though for different reasons. For his part, the Novikov’s captain, Pavel Efimovich Dybenko, was proud to show his ship to his visitors, as was Konstantin Khre...

Wednesday, April 24th 2019, 3:17am

Author: BruceDuncan

Königsberger Lagerhaus AG

Founded in 1896 in Königsberg to warehouse, process and store grain and all manner of goods. When it opened its facilities in 1897 it could store up to 39,000 tonnes of grain in its wharf-side silos, and its capacity was increased to 60,000 tonnes in 1911 through expansion. This meant that the firm owned and operated the largest granary on the Continent at that time. Further expansion occurred in 1933 with the addition of a further 40,000 tonnes capacity.

Wednesday, April 24th 2019, 12:37am

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1949

Pucallpa, Ucayali, 11 March 1949 Capitán Manuel Gordon Magne stepped from the air transport to the steel matting of the recently extended runway of Pucallpa’s incipient airport. A car bearing the insignia of the Peruvian Navy pulled up and from it stepped a young ensign. “Luis Zuta at your service sir! Welcome to Pucallpa. Your fame precedes you.” The effusiveness of the welcome took Gordon Magne somewhat aback, yet he returned the crisp salute of the ensign with equal vigor. “Thank you ensign. ...

Tuesday, April 23rd 2019, 1:23am

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events 1949

Novosti News Service, Bar, Wednesday, 9 March 1949 His Majesty King Petar visited the Adriatic Shipyards today to superintend the launching of the Royal Yugoslav Navy’s latest additions, Minesweeper A and Minesweeper B. Laid down in January, they are expected to be completed in mid-May. They are due to be followed in the summer with a second pair. Belgrade, Dunavsko Brodgradiliste, Thursday, 10 March 1949 His Highness Prince Andrew returned to the shipyard where in January he had witnessed the k...

Monday, April 22nd 2019, 9:58pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Österreichische Schiffswerften, Wien, Monday, 7 March 1949 Vize-admiral August Becker returned to the Danube yards to witness the launch of the infantry landing ships Nordstrand and Vogelstand; though small, in Becker’s eyes they were part of a larger plan. Work was proceeding in shipyards across the Reich; once the ceremonies were complete here he would leave immediately for Memel. He had urged the yard management to stick to the building schedule and they had performed magnificently. Once the ...

Monday, April 22nd 2019, 2:24pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events 1949

Scarborough Station, Monday, 7 March 1949 The supply ship that had brought them from Manila hove to some distance from the station itself, lowering a launch that would carry Buis, Stevens, and their escort, Salazar through the shallow waters of the reef and to the station itself. Even at a distance it looked impressive – besides the principal observation station itself two other structures formed part of the complex – one raised upon stilts high above the water and one much closer to the water w...

Monday, April 22nd 2019, 12:07am

Author: BruceDuncan

Mittelelbische Hafen-und-Lagerhaus AG

Now headquartered in the industrial city of Dessau the firm was founded in 1889 to construct a river port at Aken, which lies equidistant between Magdeburg and Torgau, with wharves, warehouses, and grain storage facilities, as well as operating a freight-forwarding business. In 1921 the firm moved its base of operations to Dessau, taking over additional facilities in that city’s Leopoldshafen and Wallwitzhafen, and continuing to operate its facilities in Aken’s Elbehafen. A new facility at Roßla...

Sunday, April 21st 2019, 8:32pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1949

Servicios Industriales de la Marina, Callao, 5 March 1949 Captain Hernán Larraín, Chilean naval attaché in Peru mused as his car passed through the gates of the Peruvian Navy’s principal naval shipyard at how things had changed in the last eighteen months. Back then the best he might have expected in an attempt to gain entry might have been a diplomatic expulsion; today he was the guest of his hosts to formally observe work on the demolition of some of the Armada de Peru’s older warships. He had...

Sunday, April 21st 2019, 6:22pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Happy Eastern!

A joyful season to all.

Saturday, April 20th 2019, 6:37pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Militär-Wochenblatt, Friday, 4 March 1949 The American firm International Armaments Corporation of Alexandria, Virginia has proven the successful bidder on the first lot of twenty thousand Karabiner 37 rifles recently declared surplus by the Army Ordnance Office. Mr. Samuel Cummings, president of International Armaments told members of the press that it is his intention to market the weapons in ‘sporterised’ configuration to North American game hunters. The Portuguese Fort, Bahrain, Saturday, 5 ...

Friday, April 19th 2019, 7:32pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Tallinn, Estonia, 2 March 1949 The Kriegsmarine training ship Roon lay at anchor in Tallinn harbour, her officers and crew mustered expectantly at their stations. Fresh from her builders’ trials the Roon had arrived in the Russian port that morning, a first stop in a cruise scheduled as part of her operational training. Approaching her was a launch bearing a small delegation of Russian officers who had been invited aboard to examine the ship as part of the growing cooperation between Germany and...

Friday, April 19th 2019, 5:53pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events, March 1949

The White Palace, Thursday, 3 March 1949 The liveried footman led the Prime Minister to the King’s private office, opened the doors, and announced him. King Petar rose to greet him. “Sit down old friend.” Petar noticed that Karasec moved slowly, and his hair was greyer than he recalled. “Your request indicated a matter of importance and discretion.” Karasec appreciated the king’s invitation. “Thank you Your Majesty.” He paused to collect his thoughts before continuing. “It has been my privilege ...

Thursday, April 18th 2019, 2:33am

Author: BruceDuncan

Philipping News and Events, March 1949

The Mindanao Examiner, Tuesday, 1 March 1949 The Ministry of Defense has announced the formation of the Army’s Third Civic Action Group, which will be deployed to support development efforts in Bukidnon, Lanao, and Misamis. The Manila Herald, Wednesday, 3 March 1949 The escort destroyers Roxas and Rosario were completed today at the Butuan naval shipyard. The ships will commence builders’ trials and followed by operational training and work-up with the Central Fleet.

Wednesday, April 17th 2019, 6:17pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Beijing Newspaper Q4/1948 - Chinese news and events - October / November / December

Quoted from "Brockpaine" Quoted from "BruceDuncan" Parador scripset: Quoted Friday 12. November early morning - Research Vessel Xue Long - 78dgs east 12dgs south The machine telegraph shows "STOP" and the captain tried to detect something with his binoculars. But in front of his ship, a dense fog wall spread, which could not be penetrated either by eyes nor by the ships radar. In a short conference, both the crew and the scientists on board discussed what was likely the reason of the sudden app...

Wednesday, April 17th 2019, 3:24pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Beijing Newspaper Q4/1948 - Chinese news and events - October / November / December

Parador scripset: Quoted Friday 12. November early morning - Research Vessel Xue Long - 78dgs east 12dgs south The machine telegraph shows "STOP" and the captain tried to detect something with his binoculars. But in front of his ship, a dense fog wall spread, which could not be penetrated either by eyes nor by the ships radar. In a short conference, both the crew and the scientists on board discussed what was likely the reason of the sudden appearance of the fog. I am really interested in this.....

Wednesday, April 17th 2019, 3:43am

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, March 1949

The Peruvian Times (Lima), 2 March 1949 Two additional small transports, the Bambas and the Matagaga, were laid down yesterday at the Mollendo-Matarani shipyard of the Servicios Industriales de la Marina. These small vessels are expected to be completed before the end of this year. Two similar vessels, the Corongo and the Parcartambo, are in an advanced stage of construction at the same yard, and are expected to be completed by July. These vessels are a cornerstone of the Peruvian Navy’s focus o...

Tuesday, April 16th 2019, 9:43pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, March 1949

Hamburg, The Waterfront, Tuesday, 1 March 1949 “Fido”, along with a modicum of Hamburg’s other denizens of the waterfront, watched the pair of destroyers being warped into the Deschimag yard. Here and there pieces of the protective cocooning remained in place, evidence that the ships had until recently been in lay-up. The nearer of the pair bore the number “239” painted on her bow; the further ship had her bow obscured by a tug. He wished he could have taken a picture, for his handlers would hav...

Monday, April 15th 2019, 10:21pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Marinestützpunkt Pillau, Monday, 28 February 1949 Captain First Rank Kozyukhin had shepherded the ships of Zerstörergeschwader 32 with the Thirteenth Destroyer Flotilla from Warnemünde across the Gulf of Danzig to their temporary station at Pillau. Thankfully, he found that the changes Admiral Glaser had made to its commander staff seemed to have had their proper effect. As he himself suspected, replacing reservist officers with younger men would allow ability to rise to the top as it were; inst...

Friday, April 12th 2019, 8:57pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Personal Defence Weapon Trials

Report of Trials conducted by the Army Ordnance Office for selection of a Personal Defence Weapon for Heer Personnel The need for a personal defence weapon for Heer personnel was first identified in 1942 and brought to the fore with the decision to replace the Karabiner 37 in its present second-line use and concomitant abandonment of the 7mm cartridge. The sidearms presently in service, the Pistole 08 and the Pistole 36 are deemed to lack the firepower to offer a reasonable measure of self-defen...