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Yesterday, 7:20pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Vereinigte Elektrizitäts-und Bergwerks AG

This parastatal enterprise came into being in March 1921 to take ownership of former Prussian state interests in existing electric generating facilities and distribution networks and certain other electro-industrial plants erected by the Imperial government during the Great War. Through investment, acquisition, and joint ventures it subsequently has grown to be one of the largest electric utilities in the Reich. Initially its activities brought together the facilities of the Großkraftwerk Hannov...

Yesterday, 4:48pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Mondscheinsonate

Admiralty House, Port of Spain, Trinidad, Friday, 25 August 1949 For Rear Admiral Andero Momroios the day had been rather busy – if not more so for his staff – with the punctilio of greeting the numerous arrivals of the day. The Franco-German squadron under Kommodore Rollmann had arrived that morning, and the Colombian vessels under Capitán de Navío Fernando de Angulo that afternoon; and, shortly before sundown the Chilean detachment of two destroyers under Capitán de Navío Alonso Rivas Peralta ...

Yesterday, 1:00am

Author: BruceDuncan

Vereinigte Bergwerks-und-Hütten AG

At the close of the Great War the Prussian state owned and operated numerous industrial and mining enterprises – some of long standing, and others constructed after 1914 as part of the national war effort. Following the dismantling of the former Prussian state apparatus the mining assets formerly held by the Prussian treasury were transferred to the Vereinigte Bergwerks-und-Hütten Aktiengesellschaft, headquartered in Berlin; this process was confirmed by an act of the Reichstag of 9 October 1921...

Sunday, February 16th 2020, 1:21am

Author: BruceDuncan

AG Reederei Norden-Frisia

In June 1871 investors formed the Dampfschiffsrhederei Norden to “bring traffic to the islands of Norderney and Juist in an orderly fashion”, or so it was stated in the company’s prospectus. A year later its first steam ferry was placed into service and a fortified jetty was constructed in the port of Norderney for a landing stage. Competition arrived in 1893 with the formation of the Norderneyer Dampfschiffsrhederei Einigkeit, but the two firms soon reached an understanding and commenced comple...

Saturday, February 15th 2020, 9:58pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Deutsch-Atlantische Telegraphengesellschaft AG

This enterprise was founded in 1899 on the initiative of Postmaster General Heinrich von Stephan. In order to eliminate the nation’s dependence on the English cable monopoly he was able to convince a consortium of German banks to finance construction of a German-owned trans-Atlantic telegraph cable. The first section, from Greetsiel on the East Frisian mainland, via Borkum, to Fayal in the Azores, was laid in 1900-1901, with the section linking Fayal with New York City laid between 1901 and 1902...

Thursday, February 13th 2020, 6:17pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Frigate Gefion, The Bay of Bengal, Tuesday, 30 August 1949 All things considered Kapitän zur See von Haugwitz had to consider his flotilla’s cruise thus far to be a success. The four frigates detached from the East Asia Squadron had first cruised through the South China Sea to exercise briefly off the Riau Islands before sailing past the British bastion of Singapore and into the Strait of Malacca – all, of course, under the watchful eye of British reconnaissance aircraft and, for a brief period,...

Thursday, February 13th 2020, 2:10am

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Marinestützpunkt Swinemünde, Wednesday, 31 August 1949 The port maintenance ship Eversand had dropped anchor in the harbour the previous evening, fresh from her builders’ trials. This morning her commander, Korvettenkapitän Theodor Spieß, had gone aboard her sister Bottsand to discuss with the latter’s captain the unofficial portion of the Lehrdivision’s training programme for these odd vessels. Walter Warzecha, the Bottsand’s master, was more than happy to accommodate his counterpart; he knew o...

Wednesday, February 12th 2020, 10:05pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Mondscheinsonate

Port of Spain Harbour, Trinidad, Friday, 25 August 1949 It was not long after breakfast had been served in the officers’ mess of the heavy cruiser Andromeda that word arrived that the destroyer Arbiter, leading the rest of the Alliance squadron, had passed Chacachacare and transited the Boca de Navios. Rear Admiral Andero Momroios received the news imperturbably, finished his coffee, and stood. “Gentlemen, let us prepare to welcome our allies.” His staff and the officers of the Andromeda promptl...

Wednesday, February 12th 2020, 3:34am

Author: BruceDuncan

Junkers Warmwasser-Apparatefabrik AG

This enterprise was founded in 1895 by Hugo Junkers in Dessau, to undertake the manufacture of appliances such as water heaters and other inventions of the founder. The 1892 Hugo Junkers designed and patented a calorimeter, an instrument for measuring the calorific value of gases, which proved to be the first of many heat engineering devices he would go on to create. In 1894 he designed and patented a ‘liquid heater’ based on the calorimeter principle. To undertake the production of these (and o...

Tuesday, February 11th 2020, 8:41pm

Author: BruceDuncan

East Frisian Islands

The East Frisian Islands are popular tourist and excursion destinations located off the mainland coast of Lower Saxony, paralleling the East Frisian Peninsula. The archipelago stretches for approximately ninety kilometres from west to east between the mouths of the Ems and the Weser, and between three and a half and ten kilometres off the mainland. There are extensive mudflats between the islands and the mainland, making up a larger area than the islands themselves. The largest in terms of area...

Tuesday, February 11th 2020, 6:46pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Altmark-Zeitung, Sunday, 28 August 1949 The commercial registrar in Schwerin has recorded the formation of the firm Pfanni GmbH und Compagnie in the town of Stavenhagen. The firm will undertake the production of kitchen-ready potato products using a proprietary process. Werner Eckart, the founder, had previously headed the firm Konserven-Industrie Ludwig Gschossmann in Schwandorf, Bavaria. Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, Monday, 29 August 1949 Testing of the prototype Henschel Hs132 multi-purpose a...

Sunday, February 9th 2020, 10:50pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Sondermaschinenfabrik Alfing Kessler GmbH

Founded in April 1911 by engineers Karl Kessler and Franz Dopfer this enterprise operates as a specialised machinery factory for the production of drop forgings. The factory is located in Wasseralfingen, near the city of Aalen. A branch factory in Abtsgmünd was erected in 1938 to house a pair of 63-tonne hydraulic counterblow forging hammers. The firm is engaged in production of crankshafts for the automotive, aviation, and defence industries – crankshafts of up to four metres in length can be p...

Sunday, February 9th 2020, 9:12pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Persische Teppich-Gesellschaft AG

Founded in September 1911 in Berlin, the firm initially concentrated on the manufacture and trade in Iranian carpets, which at the time were much in demand in Europe. A factory was set up in Tabriz in north-western Persia where high-quality carpets were woven using traditional colours and patterns, and the firm helped to revive traditional weaving and dyeing techniques. For the latter purpose, a second factory was organised with a woollen mill and dyeing shop. Hand-knotted carpets were produced ...

Sunday, February 9th 2020, 2:04am

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Mondscheinsonate

Light Cruiser Nürnberg, At Sea, Thursday, 25 August 1949 The Franco-German squadron had departed Martinique that morning for Port of Spain, Trinidad; it was expected that they would reach it the following day. For the time being at least Rollmann need not concern himself about storms impinging upon the planned course of the exercises; the hurricane that had formed north of Anguilla had moved northwest, threatening the eastern coast of the United States. The only fly in the ointment was the prese...

Saturday, February 8th 2020, 7:39pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Rütgerswerke AG

This enterprise, headquartered in Berlin-Charlottenburg, operates the world’s largest refinery for coal tar products at Erkner in Brandenburg. It was founded in 1849 by Julius Rütgers on the foundations of the Teerproduktenfabrik Rauxel-Westfalen, a company established by his father in 1847 but which had become insolvent. Rütgers placed the company on a sound basis and concentrated on the production of railway sleepers impregnated with tar oil as preservatives. Given the boom in railway construc...

Saturday, February 8th 2020, 1:18am

Author: BruceDuncan

Centralheizungswerke AG

This concern was founded in 1884 as the Hannoversche Centralheizungs-und Apparate-Bau-Anstalt by the Hannover entrepreneur Julius von Königswarter to undertake the construction of central heating systems. The original factory was located at Hüttenstraße 23, Hannover-Hainholz. The company adopted its current style in 1903. In time leading up to the outbreak of the Great War branch and representative offices would be opened in Berlin, Warsaw, Köln, Frankfurt-am-Main, Leipzig, Wien, Amsterdam, Frei...

Friday, February 7th 2020, 7:25pm

Author: BruceDuncan

And now for something entirely different...

We have all heard how it was planned, but this is the first video I've come across to illustrate using the autobahn as a runway,. And an interesting set of aircraft is shown in use - Phantoms, F-16 Falcons, Alpha Jets, Jaguars, Transalls, and even C-130 Hercules.

Friday, February 7th 2020, 7:11pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Motorenfabrik Darmstadt AG

The origins of the firm go back to 1902 when engineer August Koch founded a workshop for dairy machinery in Kirschenallee in Darmstadt-Nord, which employed ten workmen. Two years later Koch went into partnership with master locksmith Johann Gräb to found the Molkereimaschinen- und Motorenfabrik Koch und Gräb. By 1904 the company was manufacturing four types of horizontal engines, the most powerful of which produced 10 horsepower, and employed as many as fifty workers. In August 1906 the partners...

Friday, February 7th 2020, 2:41pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Ostfriesische Tee Gesellschaft KG

The company, headquartered in Seevetal, was founded in 1907 by Paula and Laurens Janssen in in the town of Leer, as a tea importer. In 1940 the firm moved from that role and remade itself into a tea packer and mass-marketer of tea. In this regard it remains one of the three firms permitted to market the “Echter Ostfriesentee” (genuine East Frisian tea) blend, but has created the ‘Milford’ brand for the national market. In 1942 the firm acquired Grosch Tee in Innsbruck to gain entry to the market...