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Wednesday, January 15th 2020, 9:53am

Author: BruceDuncan

And now for something entirely different...

Industrial technology is often glossed over. This Curtiss Wright video from 1942 gives some idea of what stands behind the final product.

Tuesday, January 14th 2020, 10:33pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events 1949

Novosti News Service, Tuesday, 23 August 1949 The Ministry of Defence has announced plans to disband Nos.77 and 78 (Bomber) Squadrons, presently stationed at Sombor Air Base, Apatin, due to shortages of equipment. The units had operated the Soko Zmaj twin engine light bomber; their surviving aircraft will be distributed to units still operating the type.

Tuesday, January 14th 2020, 7:18pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1949

Gran Hotel Bolivar, Lima, 15 August 1949 After their visit to the port of Ilo in the south and their tour of inspection of the mining areas near Cuajone and Toquepala Robinson and Christensen were convinced of the desirability of moving ahead with the joint venture with Krupp to exploit the substantial deposits of the area. The trick would be to balance their own interests with those of their potential German partners and the Peruvian Government; the latter had given strong indication that it wo...

Monday, January 13th 2020, 9:37pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Marinestützpunkt Warnemünde, Sunday, 14 August 1949 The coastal escort Alpenföhn rode easily at anchor in the inner harbour. Leutnant zur See Schattmann watched as Admiral Glaser’s gig left the neighbouring Höllentäler and made its way to his ship. There were no great crowds – the small escorts did not rate them – but the commander of the Lehrdivision took his responsibilities seriously, and Glaser had chosen to formally visit every vessel of his command before they were released to join the fle...

Monday, January 13th 2020, 6:14pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, Saturday, 13 August 1949 Following a period of factory testing the prototype Henschel Hs132 multi-purpose aircraft has been transferred to the Erprobungsstelle Rechlin for evaluation by the Luftwaffe and the Marineflieger. The design has shown promise and is being considered for military use as a light transport and support aircraft. Inquiries from foreign governments have also been received. Kieler Nachrichten, Sunday, 14 August 1949 The coastal escort Ostwind was c...

Monday, January 13th 2020, 1:39am

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events 1949

The Manila Herald, Monday, 15 August 1949 The Ministry of Defense has announced its intention to send a squadron of the Philippine Navy, including the armored cruiser Mindoro, on a goodwill visit to Thailand, reciprocating the visit of the Royal Thai Navy’s visit this June.

Thursday, January 9th 2020, 6:23pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events 1949

Novosti News Service, Zagreb, Saturday, 20 August 1949 Their Royal Majesties visited the city today to open the recently completed Zagreb Hippodrome, a horse-racing venue located in the neighbourhood of Kajzerica, on the southern bank of the Sava, near the Bundek Lake. Under construction since 1946, the venue, based on that of the famous French racing establishment at Longchamps, comprises an area of nearly fifty hectares, with three race tracks having lengths of 1,000 metres, 1,600 metres, and ...

Wednesday, January 8th 2020, 7:45pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1949

BAP Pucalipa, The Ucayali River, 12 August 1949 Since her involvement with clearance of the criminal compound at the old mission San Francisco the Pucalipa had returned to her proper task of providing social services and support to settlements along the middle reaches of the Ucayali River; and this pleased Gordon Magne, her captain. The ship had settled into a routine – sailing downstream, stopping at settlements and providing medical, educational, or other social services to those residing ther...

Monday, January 6th 2020, 2:00am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Dithmarscher Landeszeitung, Wednesday, 10 August 1949 A spokesman for Wintershall AG has confirmed that the company has begun exploratory drilling for oil in the area of the Wattenmeer of the coast of Schleswig-Holstein. Elbinger Volksstimme, Thursday, 11 August 1949 The Schichau Works here today completed the assault landing ships Kietzwerder and Langenwerder, the latest in a series of such vessels being constructed for the Kriegsmarine. Two further vessels are already under construction in the...

Sunday, January 5th 2020, 8:56pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Vehicul blindat ușor de recunoaștere R46 “Zimbru”

Development History Among the pressing needs identified by the Romanian Army was for a modern light armored reconnaissance vehicle to replace its motley collection of armored cars then in service. With the technical assistance of the Eisenwerk Weserhütte of Bad Oeynhausen, Germany, a design not unlike the Leichter Panzerspähwagen of the German Heer was developed by the Uzina Automecanica Moreni to meet local requirements. The resultant vehicle – christened ‘Zimbru’ – or Aurochs – was first test...

Sunday, January 5th 2020, 2:53am

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Training Frigate Roon, Tuesday, 9 August 1949 The Roon made her way seaward from Warnemünde harbour, saluting the other vessels of the Lehrdivision present in turn. Kapitän zur Zee Mohr stood on her bridge with appropriate pride – his promotion had been confirmed two days previously and the official ceremony had been performed not twenty hours ago. His ship had orders to commence a cadet cruise to the Mediterranean, to build the next generation of German naval officers as well as showing the Ger...

Saturday, January 4th 2020, 5:33pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events 1949

Naval Operating Base Puerto Princesa, Thursday, 11 August 1949 Vice Admiral Suarez reacted to the message from the Chief of Naval Operations with professional satisfaction. The report prepared by his staff for development of additional observation stations in area of the Loaita Bank had been approved – rapidly so; Manila had at last decided agreed with his position that the Chinese would seek a toe-hold somewhere in the South China Sea no matter the political or diplomatic consequences. Prelimin...

Saturday, January 4th 2020, 3:10am

Author: BruceDuncan

Industriewerke Warchalowski AG

Jakob Warchalowski laid the foundations for the company in 1858 with the formation of a machinery works in Wien, Maschinenfabrik J. Warchalowski. Initially the firm concentrated on the production of boilers and steam stationary steam engines for industrial applications. Under the guidance of the founder’s sons the factory became an early manufacturer of internal combustion engines, finding a ready market across the Austro-Hungarian Empire. In 1913 the firm was restyled as Industriewerke Warchalo...

Friday, January 3rd 2020, 7:39pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events 1949

Novosti News Service, Bar, Saturday, 13 August 1949 The recently completed minesweepers Alagovac and Modrac were formally placed in full commission following completion of their operational training period. Two further vessels of this type are under construction at the Adriatic Shipyards and are expected to be launched next month.

Friday, January 3rd 2020, 7:13pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1949

Ilo, Moquegua, 8 August 1949 Alan Christensen was a firm believer in “eyes on”, and Charles Robinson had learned his lesson on the thwarted Haquira project to agree with his accountant that a personal reconnaissance of the region was in order. They had booked passage on a vintage coastal passenger steamer that had delivered them the previous afternoon at the port of Ilo. It had once been a bustling harbor in the Nineteenth Century, when windjammers rounding Cape Horn would call before heading no...

Thursday, January 2nd 2020, 4:31am

Author: BruceDuncan

Maschinenfabrik Liezen und Gießerei AG

The province of Styria had long been known for its high-grade iron ore deposits, with small-scale iron works existing since the 13th Century. In 1939 the Schmid-Schmidsfelden family of industrialists re-established a works at Liezen to undertake the production of iron foundry products, the Schmidhütte Liezen. Buoyed by the expanding economy the firm prospered and by 1945 the plant employed more than 1,100 workers, and its facilities included a steelworks and foundry building of over 10,000 squar...

Wednesday, January 1st 2020, 9:51pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Hospodarske noviny (Prague), Sunday, 7 August 1949 The German firm Deutsche Erdöl AG has acquired a substantial though minority interest in the Apollo Rafineria Minerálnych Olejov of Bratislava and Šumperk. The investment is expected to permit Apollo to modernise its facilities and facilitate increasing its market share and profitability. Oberösterreichische Rundschau, Monday, 8 August 1949 The small amphibious vessels Knechtsand and Julssand were completed at the Österreichische Schiffswerften,...

Wednesday, January 1st 2020, 6:23pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Mondscheinsonate

Light Cruiser Nürnberg, Martinique, Saturday, 6 August 1949 The ships of the Detached Division lay anchored under the guns of Fort Saint Louis, their presence duly welcomed by their allies. Rollmann was fully aware that here his real task would begin – to exercise with units of the French and Atlantean navies in these warm tropical waters. For the moment though his ships were taking advantage of a stay in a proper naval port to make good minor deficiencies, carry out repairs, and reprovision. Th...

Wednesday, January 1st 2020, 4:21am

Author: BruceDuncan

Hofherr-Schrantz-Clayton-Shuttleworth AG

The present firm came into being through the merger in 1911 of two Austro-Hungarian agricultural engineering businesses; Clayton and Shuttleworth, which had originally been founded in 1842 in the English city of Lincoln, but which had established themselves in Wien by 1857; and Hofherr-Schrantz, a venture begun by Mathias Hofherr of Wien in 1869 and joined in 1881 by Hungarian-born János Schrantz. By the late 19th Century both firms had expanded substantially, with Clayton and Shuttleworth havin...

Wednesday, January 1st 2020, 3:30am

Author: BruceDuncan

Akustische und Kino-Geräte GmbH

The company was founded in 1944 in Wien-Margareten by physicist Rudolf Görike and engineer Ernst Pless to undertake the development and manufacture of sound equipment, including film projectors, speakers , delay devices, and microphones. In 1948 the C12 large-diaphragm condenser microphone was introduced, and soon production of this model was running at a rate of fifty units per week. That same year the firm launched the D12 voice coil microphone, the first dynamic cardioid microphone. A large p...