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Yesterday, 12:33pm

Author: Hood

Belgian News 1949

Lieutenant General Jean-Baptiste Piron stood on top of a concrete cuploa at the fortress of Eben-Emael. His aide, Colonel Bastin stood beside him. The German border was not far in front of them. "Have you been satisfied with the inspection so far General?" Bastin asked as they took in the contours of the site and its fortifications. There was a long pause. "No Emil, I am not satisfied at all. These forts are antiquated." Bastin looked slightly surprised at this and swung his arm over the vista, ...

Yesterday, 11:57am

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1949

Operation NOMAD Nikolai Andreev, alias Sergei Bulganov, left his hotel after breakfast, he strolled around the main part of the city, taking in its architecture as he strolled around, not heading to the office as usual. He brought a paper and sat on a park bench to pass some time. There was no hurry, but even so he was nervous, unsure whether everything would come off as planned. Certainly a lot of care had been taken in the arrangements of his arrival and being a cautious man himself he had tim...

Saturday, February 15th 2020, 12:41pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1949

1 August The Nigerian Tribune is a new English-language newspaper published in Ibadan in Nigeria. It has been established by Obafemi Awolowo as the mouthpiece for his populist welfare programmes. As a politician he is Nigeria's foremost federalist and his Path to Nigerian Freedom published last year, is the first systematic federalist manifesto by a Nigerian politician. He advocates federalism as the only basis for equitable national integration. 7 August The Institute of Commonwealth Studies ha...

Saturday, February 15th 2020, 12:37pm

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1949

4 August Hasan Hamid al-Din, Prime Minister and governor of the province of Ibb and Sana'a is believed to be gathering forces in the north to ally with the Iman’s loyal supporters in Ta’izz to attack Ibrahim bin Yahya’s forces in Hajjah. 9 August The Dutch government has pledged that Dutch forces in Yemen will not intervene any fighting but that it is pressing the Iman to avoid a conflict that may unleash a civil war.

Saturday, February 15th 2020, 12:36pm

Author: Hood

Noticias Argentinas 1949

1 August The two new Landing Ships ARA Punta Medanos and ARA Punta Delgado have commissioned with the 1st Transport Squadron at Comodoro Rivadavia today, providing the Navy for the first time with a direct ship-to-beach landing ship able to deliver vehicles and tanks directly onto the beach in an assault. 19 August The Navy recently added four MZ1 Class landing craft to its 1949 Naval Programme and today the first two craft commissioned with the 1st Landing Craft Flotilla at Comodoro Rivadavia. ...

Saturday, February 15th 2020, 12:35pm

Author: Hood

Belgian News 1949

7 August The supplier of electricity Belgium’s, Electobel, which has extensively electrified the nation and provided its power generation construction and electric-powered mass transport expertise to Syria, Russia, Egypt and Argentine since the turn of the century today took another international step with the formal opening of a new subsidiary company in Czechoslovakia to manufacture electric motors for trams and trains and small generator sets.

Thursday, February 13th 2020, 9:50am

Author: Hood

Gigant Class

I like it, you are making great progress with Springsharp.

Thursday, February 13th 2020, 9:49am

Author: Hood

And now for something entirely different...

And of course you can't forget when they tested a Jaguar on the nearly finished M55 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeBZ3xbgN_M

Saturday, February 8th 2020, 10:49am

Author: Hood

Brazil 1948 Report

The Republic of Brazil 1948 Report A. Industrial Output 7 Factories Output per quarter: Fixed IP: 1 Flexible IP: 6 Ship Tonnage: 6,000 tons B. Transfers and Acquisitions N/A C. Unit Relocations Tanker Antares commissioned on 22 December 1948 Tanker Castor commissioned on 19 December 1948 River monitors Missoes and Macaé commissioned on 12 July 1948 River monitors Miramar and Mangaratiba commissioned on 15 December 1948 Riverine tanker Guarapari commissioned on 23 July 1948 Battleship Imperial de...

Tuesday, February 4th 2020, 9:55am

Author: Hood

Unternehmen Mondscheinsonate

I don't think the Brits would be too upset about these exercises, they might keep a distant watch though.

Sunday, January 26th 2020, 11:43am

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1949

27 July Miles Aircraft have flown their experimental M.69 Marathon II prototype today. The M.69 is a variant of the M.60 feederliner powered by two Armstrong Siddeley Mamba turboprops but lacking pressurisation to avoid the need to design a new fuselage. 30 July Legal Aid has come into force today in England and Wales under the provision of the Legal Aid and Advice Act 1949. The Act extends the welfare state so that those unable to pay for a solicitor are able to access free legal help. Its prec...

Sunday, January 26th 2020, 11:42am

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1949

14 July The English contralto singer Kathleen Ferrier performed the world premiere of Benjamin Britten's Spring Symphony in Amsterdam, with Eduard van Beinum and the Concertgebouw Orchestra, this evening. The piece is a work written specifically for her. 23 July Ibrahim bin Yahya, brother of Iman Ahmad has left the Aden Protectorate and has advanced on Hajjah where loyal tribes have supplied his forces. 31 July The 1949 Dutch Grand Prix was held today at Circuit Park Zandvoort. It is the first D...

Sunday, January 26th 2020, 11:34am

Author: Hood

Belgian News 1949

15 July A new blast furnace has been blown in today at Forges de la Providence’s Rehon plant in France. This is the sixth blast furnace on site and is the first new furnace since 1930. 17 July The 1949 Belgian Motorcycle Grand Prix was the fourth round of the 1949 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season and took place at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. British rider Bill Doran won the 500cc race riding his AJS, two Italians took the other podium positions, Arciso Artesiani and Enrico Lorenzetti. B...

Sunday, January 12th 2020, 5:56pm

Author: Hood

New Argentine Aircraft

New Stuff for 1950 New Aircraft Gloster AXP-1001/ FMA I-05 Pulqui III: the first of 160 production aircraft will be delivered in January 1950. In Development I.Ae.35 Huanquero: the prototype will be flown by FMA test pilot Lieutenant de Aero Jorge Connan Doyle on 7 September 1950. The first production aircraft are planned for June 1951. Specs and details in the post above. Rocket Programme AAM-6 The AAM-6 was an improved AAM-5 design with a new RL-AO-206 ‘Orchestra’ rocket motor allowing larger ...

Saturday, January 11th 2020, 6:38pm

Author: Hood

British Army 1950

A look ahead at what new weapons and vehicles will enter service next year and updates on research and development programmes. Armoured Vehicles FV402: an observation vehicle with roof armour and armoured hatches, a variant of the FV401 Cambridge tracked carrier, to be issued to RA units within armoured units. Carrier Tracked No.5 Mk I FV420: Designed in 1950 by the Armoured Vehicle Research and Development Establishment to replace the Oxford and Cambridge and to supplement the smaller FV310 and...

Saturday, January 11th 2020, 11:45am

Author: Hood

Netherlands Air Force Plans

New aircraft flying for the first time or entering service during 1950 will be: Entering Service Koolhoven F.K.65 As detailed in posts above, as a COIN aircraft for overseas. KOOPD NU-240A Sikumbang A variant of the basic NU-240 light patrol/attack aircraft but with all-metal construction, will be used by East Indies based units. KOOPD NU-90A Belalang A basic trainer, an improved model with an improved undercarriage, new sliding canopy and a 100hp Continental O-200 engine. For military and civil...

Wednesday, January 1st 2020, 12:20pm

Author: Hood

And now for something entirely different...

A good find! Hehe Schellenburg would be, so would his watchers watching him watching the show!

Tuesday, December 31st 2019, 10:52am

Author: Hood

New Romanian Equipment

I like these a lot (the drawings look great!) and the specs seem very reasonable. I reckon they could pick up some exports with these, assuming firms like Skoda are looking more high-end these days.

Sunday, December 29th 2019, 10:31am

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1949

14 July Kathleen Ferrier performed the world premiere of Benjamin Britten's Spring Symphony in Amsterdam, with Eduard van Beinum and the Concertgebouw Orchestra, this evening. The piece is a work written specifically for her. 19 July Aquila Airways Ltd. based at Southampton, which uses two ex-BOAC Short S.45 Solent flying boats mainly for freight work, has obtained an association agreement with BEA under which they are permitted to operate scheduled services from Southampton to Lisbon and Madeir...