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Yesterday, 7:13pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Mondscheinsonate

Light Cruiser Nürnberg, The Caribbean Sea, Thursday, 28 July 1949 The Detached Division had made the most of a week’s visit to salubrious Guantanamo Bay. The men were rested, refreshed by excursions and amusements ashore, and maintenance aboard the ships carried out with lighter hearts. The squadron now sailed into the Caribbean proper, their course set for the French bastion of Martinique. Kommodore Rollmann was in his day cabin when a knock at the door announced the arrival of two junior offic...

Yesterday, 3:15am

Author: BruceDuncan

Notes on Current German Aircraft Production

A brief exposition on the current activities of Germany’s major airframe producers. Bf329 Production Group Bayerischen Flugzeugwerke AG, Augsburg-Haunstetten Bayerischen Flugzeugwerke AG, Memmingen Allgemein Transportanlagen GmbH, Leipzig-Mockau Erla Maschinenwerke GmbH, Leipzig-Heiterblick These four firms are involved in production of the Bf329 jet interceptor. Production of the older Bf262, which is winding down, is undertaken by Muhlenbau und Industrie at Brunswick-Waggum. Production of the ...

Wednesday, December 4th 2019, 8:33pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events 1949

Naval Operating Base Puerto Princesa, Tuesday, 26 July 1949 Vice Admiral Fernando Suarez, commander of the Western Fleet, was busy with a final read through of the report prepared by his staff before endorsing it for transmission to Manila. It covered the sector the north-northeast of Itu Aba and southeast of Pagasa. “The area of the Loaita Bank is approximately twenty nautical miles long stretching from Loaita Island (10°40′N, 114°25′E) to the northwest of Dangerous Ground. It comprises a numbe...

Tuesday, December 3rd 2019, 1:38am

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1949

Oficina de Minas y Desarollo Minero, Lima, 31 July 1949 Robinson, now accompanied by Christensen, had made another round of Peruvian bureaucracy in an attempt to persuade them to relent on some of the social overhead costs associated with the Haquira venture. Today they met with the Director of the Office of Mines and Mineral Development, Juan Oviedo, and as with other offices, were making small headway. “Senors, I appreciate your situation, but you must understand mine. Peru cannot afford to gr...

Monday, December 2nd 2019, 7:37pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Hamburg, The Waterfront, Monday, 25 July 1949 “Fido” had spent the previous days in great apprehension, fearing that he had been noticed attempting to photograph the plans of the crane ship now being converted in the Deschimag yard. For several days he had avoided the pier where that work was being done, finding temporary assignments elsewhere. After several days he and calmed down and no longer expected the police to knock at his door. He had made his way to the back-up “dead drop” arranged som...

Monday, December 2nd 2019, 4:29pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events 1949

Privredni vjesnik, Sunday, 31 July 1949 The Janjevo Lead Mine has begun crushing and processing ore, delivering ore at a rate of five hundred tons per diem, from which some seven tons of lead can be extracted, together with recoverable quantities of zinc. When the mine’s second shaft is completed it is expected that the rate of ore extraction will increase significantly.

Monday, December 2nd 2019, 1:06pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Memelländische Apparatebau GmbH

In April 1919 the Lithuanian Government established its Postal and Telegraph Department's repair workshops in the city of Klaipeda (formerly Memel) using assets and facilities inherited from C. Lorenz AG. In 1922 it was reorganised as the State Electrotechnical Factory (Valstybinė elektrotechnikos gamykla) and commenced the assembly and manufacture of telephones and telephone equipment under license from the firm of Mix und Genest of Berlin-Schöneberg. Their license included automatic telephone ...

Monday, December 2nd 2019, 2:03am

Author: BruceDuncan

Zwirnerei Ackermann AG

The origins of the firm lie in a yarn and twine factory organised by Friedrich Ackermann in the town of Sontheim. In 1842 he had opened a yarn, fabric, and haberdashery shop in Heilbronn, in 1868 he expanded his business to include the production to yarn and twine, acquiring factory facilities in Sontheim. At the outset the firm operated as Ackermann & Compagnie, utilising machinery imported from England. In 1878, due to financial difficulties, the firm was reorganised as a joint stock company; ...

Sunday, December 1st 2019, 7:25pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Rheinische Olefinwerke GmbH

The firm was formed in 1939 as a joint venture of the Interessengemeinschaft Farbenindustrie and the Vereinigte Norddeutschen Mineralölwerke to construct Germany’s first large-scale petrochemical facility at Wesseling, near Köln. The plant constructed at a cost of more than sixty million Reichsmarks manufactures ethylene and the further processing to polyethylene, which is marketed under the trade name, “Lupolen”. The plant went on stream in 1943, with production originally limited to twenty tho...

Sunday, December 1st 2019, 12:56am

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Training Ship Roon, Marinestützpunkt Kiel, Sunday, 24 July 1949 Not long after the Roon had left Palanga her familiar shadowing trawler had reappeared on the horizon. It had followed the German vessel at a respectful distance, even occasionally seeming to stream fishing gear in order to give a bit of verisimilitude to her activities. However, when the Roon neared the port of Kiel their unidentified shadow had broken contact and sailed over the horizon in the general direction of the Danish islan...

Saturday, November 30th 2019, 10:13pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1949

Control Fronterizo Santa Rosa, 30 July 1949 Since the ‘thaw’ in relations between Peru and her southern neighbor the frontier region south of Tacna had seen many changes, most for the better. Almost immediately commerce had resumed, if only on a limited scale. And then work had begun to restore the Ferrocarril Tacna á Arica, the railroad that linked this portion of southern Peru with the Chilean port of Arica to the south; the Empresa Nacional de Ferrocarriles del Peru and the Chilean firm of To...

Saturday, November 30th 2019, 5:05pm

Author: BruceDuncan

M50 Tank Destroyer "Munja"

This vehicle was designed to replace the AT.41 Self-Propelled Anti-Tank Gun and M44 Infantry Support Vehicle in service with the Royal Yugoslav Army, and supplant the AT.47 Self-Propelled Antitank Gun whose performance was no longer viable in the face of the most recent developments in tank technology. It utilises the chassis of the M48 Medium Tank, replacing the turret with a fixed armoured fighting compartment for the main armament. Work on a prototype commenced early in 1949. General: Crew: ...

Saturday, November 30th 2019, 1:42am

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events 1949

Budapest, Report of the Hungarian Military Attaché in Belgrade, Friday, 29 July 1949 Közepes harckocsi jugoszláv ‘48m Kurjak’ Rohamágyú jugoszláv The drawings and associated technical data provoked lively interest in the headquarters of Hungarian military intelligence. Reports from Belgrade had tracked the progress made by the Yugoslavs with their M48 medium tank, but the most recent report confirmed many of the surmises that had been previously made, and corrected a few others. It also gave the...

Friday, November 29th 2019, 8:47pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events 1949

The Manila Times, Sunday, 24 July 1949 Yesterday evening the Casino Union was the site of a dinner honoring the pioneers of civil aviation in the Philippines. Among those recognized for their contributions were: Norwegian-born Laurie Reuben Nielsen – entrepreneur and aviation enthusiast who in the 1920s laid out Manila’s first airport, today’s Nielsen Field; American-born Paul Irvin Gunn – who with Senator Don Andreas Soriano founded Philippine Air Lines and who served as its first managing dire...

Friday, November 29th 2019, 3:14am

Author: BruceDuncan

Hello again

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Thursday, November 28th 2019, 10:18pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Militär-Wochenblatt, Friday, 22 July 1949 Nachtjagdgeschwader 3, based at Jüterbog-Waldlager, has begun conversion to the Heinkel He319 all weather fighter aircraft. The first unit to equip with this type it is anticipated that its full conversion will be accomplished well before the end of the year. Replacement of the veteran He219 is a priority of the Luftwaffe’s re-equipment programme; at the present time three factories are engaged in the manufacture of the type. Wirtschaftswoche, Saturday, ...

Thursday, November 28th 2019, 7:45pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Mondscheinsonate

Bahía de Guantánamo, Cuba, Thursday, 21 July 1949 Rollmann’s flotilla had departed Norfolk five days before, sailing south off the coast of North America and passing east of the Turks and Caicos Islands before turning east towards their next destination. They had reached the Windward Passage the previous day and now anchored in the Bahía de Guantánamo. The anchorage was excellent, and even though the Iberians had not developed a significant naval presence in the area a small Iberian guarda-costa...

Thursday, November 28th 2019, 3:50pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1949

Gran Hotel Bolivar, Lima, 25 July 1949 Alan Christensen, the company’s chief accountant, had flown down from Los Angeles a week before at the behest of Robinson, and they had spent days of meetings with Peruvian officials as well as a two-day visit to the site of the proposed mining venture at Haquira. A facts-and-figures man Christensen was tasked with ascertaining whether the project could be made to yield a profit. He was not hopeful. He and Robinson discussed the situation over drinks in the...

Wednesday, November 27th 2019, 10:07pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Berlin, The Russian Federation Embassy, Wednesday, 20 July 1949 Captain First Rank Konstantin Konstantinovich Khrenov wondered how long the German Kriegsmarine could sustain its present building tempo. Shipyards in every corner of the country were at work constructing new vessels to its order or working to convert merchant hulls as naval auxiliaries. In July alone eight frigates, a pair of small escorts, and twelve amphibious ships had been laid down, far afield as Memel, Vienna, and Wilhelmshav...

Wednesday, November 27th 2019, 1:07pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Heinkel He319 Night Fighter

General Characteristics Crew: Two (pilot, radar operator) Length: 13.84 metres Wingspan: 15.24 metres Height: 4.90 metres Wing area: 37.16 sq. metres Empty weight: 8,237 kg Loaded weight: 9,694 kg Maximum takeoff weight: 12,178 kg Powerplant: Two BMW 003-37 turbojets, each rated at 16.1 kN Performance Maximum speed: 909 kph at 6,000 metres Cruise speed: 731 kph Stall speed: 150 kph Range: 1,930 kilometres on internal fuel, 2,200 kilometres two 550 litre external tanks Service ceiling: 11,650 me...