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Yesterday, 4:57pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

The Portuguese Fort, Bahrain, Thursday, 19 May 1949 The heat of the day had driven the archaeologists and their workers to the relative safety of their tents – at this point work was done in short shifts in the early morning or the late afternoon, before or after the sun had arisen to its zenith. Jones, who had insisted that they could work through the summer’s heat, had begun to rue his audacity, though they had continued clearing a portion of what they now knew to be an ancient city of noble p...

Saturday, August 24th 2019, 11:40pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1949

BAP Pucalipa, The Ucayali River, 10 May 1949 Theory said that the Pucalipa was a social action platform – as she cruised down the Ucayali to play her part in the elimination of the bandit camp at the Plantation San Francisco she looked more like a warship than her intended form. Battalion Sergeant Major Sanchez and a dozen marines from the Third Battalion had accompanied Gordon Magne on the flight back from Contamana and they had displaced some of the Pucalipa’s normal complement of school teach...

Saturday, August 24th 2019, 5:10pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Air Display Teams

Way back when the Thunderbirds and the Blue Angels were touted as good recruiting tools, projecting the image of flight to my generation. I suppose that they still do so today. I have seen the former on a couple of occasions in the past and their displays are thrilling. So I am convinced that WW Germany needs a display team. Now to come up with a meaningful name that is pronounceable in German and avoids Schwarz, Rote, and Ritter.

Saturday, August 24th 2019, 12:33pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Air Display Teams

Thank you! I had forgotten about that event. And you are right - that was a team put together solely for that event, not a formal service display team. I am not exactly certain why RW Germany does not have one - anyone have thoughts on the rationale?

Saturday, August 24th 2019, 12:36am

Author: BruceDuncan

Air Display Teams

It has come to my notice that the modern German Luftwaffe does not have an aerobatic display unit akin to the USAF Thunderbirds or RAF Red Arrows. In the dim mists of Wesworld's history has the Wesworld Luftwaffe every had such a team? If not, I think I shall have to invent one. Name suggestions welcome.

Friday, August 23rd 2019, 6:44pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Holtenau, Wednesday, 18 May 1949 The submarines Nagelhai and Eishai had completed their operational training but a few days ago, and already they had orders to deploy. They waited now at the entrance to the Kaiser Wilhelm Canal for the tugs Norderoog and Bullenriff that would escort them through to the North Sea. For the moment their orders said little beyond reporting to the Commander of the North Sea Naval Station; many aboard expected that they would eventually join their sisters at Heligolan...

Friday, August 23rd 2019, 2:46pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events 1949

Novosti News Services, Belgrade, Sunday, 22 May 1949 His Majesty the King met with Foreign Minister Boris Furlan and asked the latter to take on the role of Prime Minister. Mister Furlan is expected to have little difficulty in forming a government, as his party holds a majority in Parliament and he is respected even by members of the Opposition. Novosti News Services, Belgrade, Tuesday, 24 May 1949 It is reported that Prime Minister Designate Boris Furlan has been successful in forming a new ca...

Friday, August 23rd 2019, 1:48am

Author: BruceDuncan

Kriegsmarine Design Plans - 1949

Siebengebirge class Crane Ship A mercantile conversion based upon the hull of Sagaland class cargo vessels Siebengebirge, German Crane Ship laid down 1947 Displacement: 7,195 t light; 7,485 t standard; 14,493 t normal; 20,099 t full load Dimensions: Length overall / water x beam x draught 482.11 ft / 473.10 ft x 62.50 ft x 28.22 ft (normal load) [146.95 m / 144.20 m x 19.05 m x 8.60 m] Armament: 4 - 1.46" / 37.0 mm guns (2x2 guns), 1.55lbs / 0.70kg shells, 1947 Model Anti-aircraft guns in deck m...

Thursday, August 22nd 2019, 8:05pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Beijing Newspaper Q1/1949 - Chinese news and events - January / February / March

Quoted from "Rooijen10" What? You are going to drop a bomb there. Bruce? Not I, not yet. My news cycle is months ahead.

Wednesday, August 21st 2019, 6:17pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Chinese Designs for 1949

Certainly better, but the stability is marginal at best - any hull damage (like a mine going off nearby) could easily be fatal. That characteristic does not have a hard and fast rule however, though I always prefer at 10% margin myself if at all possible. I suspect that sacrificing a small portion of the miscellaneous weight might resolve that.

Wednesday, August 21st 2019, 5:12pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Chinese Designs for 1949

I agree with Brock's comments on the block coefficient as well as the transom stern. I can see a couple of areas in the revised design where some other weight savings could be effected. 1 - I really don't think that a twin 40mm gun needs a "Deck mount with hoist", a simple deck mount would do. 2 - I've come to the conclusion that an armored conning tower is not necessary on very small ships. I'd suggest you look at a Springsharp with out it and see if it aids the design's stability.

Wednesday, August 21st 2019, 3:11pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Chinese Designs for 1949

Overall I have no qualms about the design. My only thought is that it seems as if it is larger than it needs to be to fulfill its primary mission; if the tonnage could be brought down to below the 499 ton limit, the construction time would be substantially shortened, as well as effecting some economies.

Wednesday, August 21st 2019, 12:59pm

Author: BruceDuncan

France, Q1/1949

Thank you! A most interesting design concept, one which is worthy of imitation. <Turns to KM design staff... Boys!>

Wednesday, August 21st 2019, 3:04am

Author: BruceDuncan

France, Q1/1949

Quoted Crane logistics ship Léon Blum I am intrigued by the nomenclature of the ship type. Is there a Springsharp somewhere?

Wednesday, August 21st 2019, 1:59am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Kieler Nachrichten, Monday, 16 May 1949 Work on the small coastal escort vessel Alpenföhn was completed today, and she will now embark upon trials before commencing operational training. A sister vessel, Höllentäler, was also completed at the Wilhelmshaven dockyard. London, The German Embassy, Tuesday, 17 May 1949 Walter Schellenburg was walking down the corridor that led to his office when he heard the laughter coming from the office of Georg Bosbach, the cultural attaché. Being naturally curio...

Wednesday, August 21st 2019, 1:17am

Author: BruceDuncan

French News, 1949

Quoted Cartagine deve essere distrutta Wow, just wow... 8o