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Today, 12:35am

Author: BruceDuncan

Belgian News 1949

I recommend adhering to Vizzini’s advice, “Never get involved in a land war in Asia.” There are far more effective modes of warfare. 8)

Yesterday, 10:46pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Deutsche Maschinen-und Werkzeugfabrik AG

This firm was founded in 1883 when Theodor Keil founded it as a foundry in Glauchau under the name Eisengießerei Glauchau. In 1909 the foundry merged with the Wotan-Werke in nearby Leipzig and entered into the production of machine tools. The firm survived the financial stresses of the Great War and its aftermath, and in 1928 began the production of grinding machines of proprietary design. In 1929 the Zimmermann-Werke of Chemnitz was acquired to expand the firm’s production base, adopting at tha...

Yesterday, 7:20pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Deutsche Elektromotorenwerk AG

This firm was founded in 1933, in Potsdam, to undertake the manufacture of synchronous and asynchronous three-phase motors and generators for industrial applications, either as individual, bespoke items, or in small series. Motors and generators of up to 5,000 kW/kVA capacity are produced. The units produced by the firm are suitable for a wide variety of applications, including marine auxiliary generators, motors for diesel-electric drive systems, submersible motors used in pump drives on dredge...

Yesterday, 3:48pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Belgian News 1949

I wish General Piron bon chance in his endeavors to persuade the Belgian General Staff to change their strategies and defense priorities. As I recall there was much discussion surrounding the Belgian decision to fortify its borders and turn its cities into fortresses in following the 'Tar Baby' strategy. That sounds great on paper but presumes that the enemy will attack you head on and not maneuver around you. Piron obviously sees that fault.

Yesterday, 3:59am

Author: BruceDuncan

Michel-Werke AG

This enterprise was founded in 1932 by engineer Johann Michel as Michel-Fabrik für Elektrische Geräte in the city of Augsburg. Electrical parts for wireless sets were initially manufactured. In time the firm became an important supplier of electromechanical control technology to the aviation industry, including the manufacture of circuit boards, switch boxes, plugs, relays, electromagnetic coils, fuses, magnetic switches, and remote controls for on-board weapons. The original Augsburg plant was ...

Yesterday, 3:31am

Author: BruceDuncan

Deutsche Pyrotechnische Fabriken AG

The history of the company can be traced to 1852, when Louis Kleinknecht established a pyrotechnic factory in Meimsheim. This was acquired in 1883 by the merchant Wilhelm Fischer and relocated to Cleebronn the following year. Operations there flourished, and by 1900 the facilities had expanded six times, with fifty employees engaged in production of fireworks; by 1913 that number had increased to one hundred. During the Great War the firm engaged in the production of signal flares and illuminati...

Thursday, February 20th 2020, 9:51pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Mondscheinsonate

Admiralty House, Port of Spain, Trinidad, Saturday, 27 August 1949 The prior evening Admiral Momroios had been the genial host; today, poised on the stage of the main auditorium, he was all business. Before him were gathered the captains and other senior officers of the many Alliance warships now anchored in the harbour, and he began to set forth the outline of the exercises in which they would engage. “Exercise Callicles will proceed in three main phases. The first will be for familiarisation –...

Thursday, February 20th 2020, 3:21pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Veltener Maschinenbau Ikaria AG

This firm was founded on 20 April 1934 as a subsidiary of the Swiss company Oerlikon-Bührle. The factory in the town of Velten in the northern portion of the province of Brandenburg was completed in 1935 and was immediately engaged in construction of aircraft sub-assemblies for the expanding Luftwaffe. The works specialised in the design and construction of rigid and flexible mountings for aircraft machineguns and cannon of all calibres and aircraft grazing made of specially-formed plexiglass. I...

Wednesday, February 19th 2020, 5:12pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Süddeutsche Stickstoff Union AG

This enterprise came into being in July 1924, bringing together the interests of the Bayerische Stickstoffwerke AG, the Mitteldeutsche Stickstoffwerke AG, and the Lonzawerke AG. The Bayerische Stickstoffwerke had been founded in 1908 to erect a factory and associated power station at Trostberg, in northern Chiemgau, for the manufacture of calcium cyanamide and was, in fact, the first factory in Germany to make it on an industrial scale. The cyanamide plant of Piesteritz had been established in M...

Monday, February 17th 2020, 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...

Monday, February 17th 2020, 4:48pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Mondscheinsonate

Admiralty House, Port of Spain, Trinidad, Friday, 26 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 ...

Monday, February 17th 2020, 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, 26 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...