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Today, 2:36am

Author: BruceDuncan

French News, 1949

General Gehlen inquires of his staff whether the Lefkis was tied to any of the Abwehr's operations, or whether it was a private venture.

Today, 2:33am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Deutsche Presse-Agentur, Thursday, 22 September 1949 The Ministry of Defence announced today that agreements have been reached with the government of Greece to supply the Greek Army and the Hellenic Air Force with considerable quantities of modern military equipment. The Greeks have adopted the 10.5 cm Gebirgshaubitze 40 to re-equip their mountain batteries and the 10.5 cm leichte Feldhaubitze 44 as the standard armament of the Greek field artillery. The Greek air arm is to receive, inter alia: ...

Yesterday, 9:37pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Arado Ar296A Training Aircraft

Derived from Arado Ar96B as a private venture. Features all metal construction and uprated engine. Adopted by the Luftwaffe in limited numbers from 1943 onward. Technical Description (Interim) Enclosed cabin for student pilot and instructor in tandem. Can be fitted with one 7.92mm MG17 with 220 rounds for weapons training. Racks for two 50 kg practice bombs fitted. Powerplant: One Argus As411 MA inverted V-12 air cooled piston engine rated at 580 hp. Length: 9.3 metres Wingspan: 11 metres Heigh...

Yesterday, 5:37pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events 1949

The Mindanao Post, Sunday, 25 September 1949 The Senate has taken up the question of naval estimates for the year 1950; and in acrimonious debate the partisans of continued vigilance in the face of Chinese aggression, led by Don Pedro Teves faced off against those arguing that the nation cannot continue the pace of spending for national defense – a position championed by Don Ramon Fernandez and Don Marcelo Palmero. The Council of Ministers has yet to introduce a draft naval program, and Minister...

Sunday, April 5th 2020, 8:38pm

Author: BruceDuncan

1950 Harbor Tug Sketch

The Philippine Navy's force of harbor tug is relatively small, and certainly getting a bit on the old side. A fresh, more capable design has been proposed to supplement, or even replace, the existing Capiz class. TBD, Philippine Harbor Tug laid down 1950 Displacement: 433 t light; 444 t standard; 488 t normal; 524 t full load Dimensions: Length overall / water x beam x draught 179.36 ft / 173.88 ft x 30.02 ft x 6.23 ft (normal load) [54.67 m / 53.00 m x 9.15 m x 1.90 m] Armament: 4 - 0.50" / 12....

Sunday, April 5th 2020, 8:35pm

Author: BruceDuncan

New Philippine Designs for 1950

Repository for information pertaining to the subject.

Sunday, April 5th 2020, 7:08pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Marinestützpunkt Swinemünde, Tuesday, 20 September 1949 Korvettenkapitän Peter Frankenburg was on the bridge of the crane ship Siebengebirge as the harbour pilot conned her into the naval base. He had brought her here in company with Korvettenkapitän Wendisch’s Cunewalde, which was carrying stores and equipment for the burgeoning facility. Tugs warped the Siebengebirge alongside one of the piers that jutted seaward from the port’s main cargo handling area, and after his ship was securely tied up...

Saturday, April 4th 2020, 12:52pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Competition for new greek artillery

Happy to be doing business with you. :thumbsup:

Thursday, April 2nd 2020, 9:51pm

Author: BruceDuncan

New Designs and Refits of the Greek Fleet

Quoted from "thesmilingassassin" Good points, especially #2 (- Recoil effect (Restricted arc if above 1.00): 0,92). This is an easy stat to overlook as we as springsharp users tend to look at stability, seakeeping and hull strength. My guess is that your length to beam ratio is right at 11:1, which makes it a VERY narrow hull, is the cause. You may have to add more beam and/or cut weight, preferably to bring that length to beam ratio down closer to 10:1. Good point Wes. I'd also suggest conside...

Thursday, April 2nd 2020, 8:36pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Irish Aircraft Developments, 1948-1950

Very interesting. Expect to have some German salesmen knocking on your door soon. Can't win if you don't try... ;)

Thursday, April 2nd 2020, 7:18pm

Author: BruceDuncan

New Designs and Refits of the Greek Fleet

This latest iteration is within the rules insofar as I can see. There are some factors that still could be tweeked. 1 - the stem is still at zero. I think you might benefit from some level of positive angle in the bow. 2- the recoil effect of the guns is nearing the point where they would restrict the firing arcs. Perhaps you could consider only three twin mounts with perhaps a 57mm mount replacing out of the 120mm mounts, fore or aft.

Thursday, April 2nd 2020, 5:30pm

Author: BruceDuncan

New Designs and Refits of the Greek Fleet

Sleep is good. However, I see several items that are, if fact, a violation of our rules. I commend to your reading the Design Rules for Gentlemen The current sim of the Nemea has a Relative cross-sectional hull strength of 0.45, which is a violation of Point 1 of the above. The cited length-beam ratio is cited as 11.67, which is a violation of Point 2 above. I suspect that you will need to alter the block coefficient in order to obtain a result to your satisfaction within these limits.

Thursday, April 2nd 2020, 4:30pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Training Frigate Roon, Beirut, Monday, 19 September 1949 After departing Byzantium on the 13th of the month Mohr had taken the Roon back through the Dardanelles and along the Turkish coast, calling at Izmir and Iskenderun en route. Now she lay in the harbour of the enticing city of Beirut – an exotic mixture of east and west, French and Levantine. Here, in an allied port, Mohr felt that his crew deserved an opportunity for extended liberty, and had resolved to stay for at least several days. Han...

Thursday, April 2nd 2020, 12:37pm

Author: BruceDuncan

New Designs and Refits of the Greek Fleet

General impressions: For a destroyer to be built in any numbers, she is large – 2,900 tons each. The question is does she need to be? I believe you can do better. First – you have designed the Nemea with a straight stem; modern designs would have a bow angle of somewhere around 15 degrees. I would suggest that you consider making that change. Second – the deck houses for the main battery have thicker armor than they probably need, given a destroyer’s principal role, and I personally have come to...

Wednesday, April 1st 2020, 10:43pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1949

Lima, The American Embassy, 28 September 1949 Ambassador Pawley considered the request that lay on his desk quite carefully. The Peruvian Ministry of Defense had requested permission to enter into negotiations with the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation with a view towards purchasing twenty-five of its P-80 jet fighters. Since his arrival in Lima Pawley had achieved much in smoothing the troubled relationship between Washington and Lima, but the history of the Peruvian nationalization of American min...

Tuesday, March 31st 2020, 9:10pm

Author: BruceDuncan

The Petroleum Industry – Status as of December 1949

Section I – Domestic Crude Oil Production Germany possesses limited natural crude oil deposits, but efforts are proceeding apace to expand these and exploration continues in those parts of the Reich where geology suggests untapped oil deposits may exist. In the year ending 31 December 1947 domestic crude oil production amounted to 1,770,000 tonnes, derived from: Nienhagen Oil Field (Lower Saxony): --- 270,000 tonnes Reitbrook Oil Field (Lower Saxony): --- 300,000 tonnes Hambühren Oil Field (Lowe...

Tuesday, March 31st 2020, 6:25pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Mondscheinsonate

Heavy Cruiser Andromeda, the Gulf of Paria, Monday, 12 September 1949 Falkeon’s humour was barely improved by the arrival of the heavy cruiser Phoenix, released by Admiral Momroios to offset the ‘loss’ of the destroyer Avenger in a night engagement. Fuel shortage had forced him to release the Avenger to attempt a refuelling at La Brea, but according to the exercise umpires she had been bushwhacked by Capitan Rivas Peralta’s marauding destroyers as they ‘shelled’ the oil installations there. At l...

Monday, March 30th 2020, 7:20pm

Author: BruceDuncan

A Spectre Resurgent

München, Germany, Wednesday, 21 September 1949 Suitably motivated, Leiter had managed to make delivery of the bank note paper Blofeld had ordered the day before; and to Kronsteen’s relief the German had not attempted to jack up the price to be paid. This of course left Kronsteen with the problem of safely getting the bundle of paper out of Germany to Switzerland without discovery; fortunately, this problem had been foreseen and prepared for. José Bandeira had notified Kronsteen earlier in the da...

Monday, March 30th 2020, 3:40pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Competition for new greek artillery

With regard to the requirement for Mountain cannon/Howitzer, Germany offers the 10.5 cm Gebirgshaubitze 40 With regard to Field cannon: Germany proposes the 10.5 cm leichte Feldhaubitze 44 while Yugoslavia offers the M40 Field Gun-Howitzer or the M40 75mm Divisional Gun. The divisional gun is a dual purpose artillery/antitank weapon. Both are in service with the Yugoslav army. With regard to Mortars, Yugoslavia offers the M42 Heavy Mortar Yugoslavia will also offer two other options in the realm...

Sunday, March 29th 2020, 8:30pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events 1949

Ziarul Financiar (Bucharest), Monday, 19 September 1949 The Ministry of War has confirmed that three examples of the Obuzier autopropulsat Oa48 are to be supplied to the Royal Yugoslav Army for evaluation; two will be delivered without armament, to permit the test fitting of the Yugoslav M40 87mm gun howitzer in place of the standard 105mm Skoda m40/43 howitzer as equips our own forces. Should the tests prove successful, it is expected that a number of vehicles will be supplied direct to Yugosla...