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Saturday, May 30th 2020, 10:07am

Author: Hood

Yugoslav News and Events 1949

Early Wesworld history is a confusing and contradictory place. I would say from Britain's perspective that it would have supported the London Conference to create an independent Albania but probably would also have backed the territorial ambitions of Italy and Greece around 1916-17 to ensure their commitment to the Allies. Then as relations with Italy cooled with the formation of AEGIS etc. it would have supported Greece, its not sure what Yugoslavia's real motives have been for the blockade, an...

Saturday, May 30th 2020, 9:31am

Author: Hood

Meanwhile, in Russia: 1949

Very nice installments which are very informative. Denny is certainly earning his pay!

Monday, May 25th 2020, 10:48am

Author: Hood

New Designs and Refits of the Greek Fleet

SubSim is a tricky tool to get right and has some awkward steps based on the date increments. Would will definitely need more reserve buoyancy, 11% before was probably just about adequate. At 2% it will dive well, not sure you'll come back up though! Range is high so you could cut on the fuel tonnage to save a some weight to raise it. I do think though that SubSim is a bit optimistic when it comes to ranges compared to real life figures.

Monday, May 25th 2020, 10:45am

Author: Hood

RE: RE: British Empire Q4/1949 Report

Quoted from "Brockpaine" Mmmm. :( Well, I suppose without all of the additional battle-honours from Narvik, Calabria, Matapan, there's not even much reason to retain her as a museum ship. But still - sadness. The old Queenie has been laid up for several years now, I guess I could save her as a museum ship, maybe instead of the Belfast London gets her in the Thames? Hmmm, I have an idea!

Sunday, May 24th 2020, 4:20pm

Author: Hood

British Empire Q4/1949 Report

THE BRITISH EMPIRE: Q4/1949 REPORT A. Industrial Output 50 Factories: Fixed IP: 5 Flexible IP: 0 Ship Tonnage: 45 B. Transfers and Acquisitions HMAS Parham and HMAS Rendelsham, Ham Class inshore minesweepers formally transferred to Royal Australian Navy for delivery following delivery trials on 30 May C. Unit Relocations HMS Luce Bay, Morecambe Bay, Mounts Bay, Pegwell Bay commission with 1st Sloop Flotilla at Pembroke on 20 November HMS Lüderitz Bay, Conception Bay commission with 6th Seaward D...

Sunday, May 24th 2020, 4:18pm

Author: Hood

Kingdom of the Netherlands Q4/1949 Report

Kingdom of the Netherlands & Kingdom of the Kongo Q4/1949 Report A. Industrial Output 12 factories in the Kingdom of the Netherlands 2.5 factories in the provinces Malay Archipelago (aka Dutch East Indies) 1 factory in the Kingdom of the Kongo, funding provided to NL via UKN. 0 factories in the Province of Dutch Guiana and the Grand Duchy of Ubangi-Shari (CAR) 15.5 Factories: Fixed IP: 1 Flexible IP: 2 Ship Tonnage: 12.5 B. Transfers and Acquisitions Z-113, Z-114 commission with 4th Destroyer Fl...

Sunday, May 24th 2020, 4:18pm

Author: Hood

Belgium Q4/1949 Report

Kingdom of Belgium Q4/1949 Report A. Industrial Output 5.5 Factories: Fixed IP: 2 Flexible IP: 0 Ship Tonnage: 3.5 B. Transfers and Acquisitions C. Unit Relocations MT-13 and MT-14 complete and commission with 3rd Motor Torpedo Squadron at Ostend on 10 December CL-1 Wandelaar decommissioned for disposal at Antwerp on 1 October MTB-18 to MTB-26 all decommissioned for disposal at Ostend on 29 August 2nd Motor Torpedo Squadron transferred from Zeebrugge to Ostend on 4 November D. Navy Programme Res...

Sunday, May 24th 2020, 4:17pm

Author: Hood

Argentina Q4/1949 Report

THE REPUBLIC OF ARGENTINA: Q4/1949 REPORT A. Industrial Output 7 Factories: Fixed IP: 0 Flexible IP: 0 Ship Tonnage: 7,000 tons B. Transfers and Acquisitions 672 tons to Peru for the Aircraft Carrier Lima (final payment) C. Unit Relocations ARA LC15 and ARA LC16 commissioned with 2nd Landing Craft Flotilla at Comodoro Rivadavia on 28 November D. Navy Programme Resources Allocated: 7,000 tons Previous Surplus: 367 tons Unused Scrap: 0 tons Construction Requirements (See Appendix A): 6,910 tons To...

Sunday, May 24th 2020, 4:16pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1949

26 September The prototype Avro 707, VX784, has sadly crashed killing its pilot, Flt. Lt. Eric ‘Red’ Esler. It is believed at this stage that the crash was caused by stalling after the airbrakes jammed in the open position at low speed. The aircraft had made its maiden flight earlier this month. In other aeronautical news, BOAC has taken delivery of the first of 25 BCAC BC.2 Britannia Series 210 airliners for the transatlantic route. The Series 210 is a turboprop-powered variant of the Series 10...

Sunday, May 24th 2020, 4:12pm

Author: Hood

Belgian News 1949

30 September The Navy’s latest cruiser, Westdiep was commissioned into service today with the 1st Cruiser Squadron at Antwerp. The Westdiep will replace the Wandelaar, which has been laid up for several months and will be placed up for disposal or sale very soon.

Saturday, May 16th 2020, 11:30am

Author: Hood

Preliminary Profile - AGO Ao225 Light Transport Aircraft

That's a good looking aircraft, reminds me of the earlier AGOs but also has a bit of the later Beagle types of the 1960s. A nice little run around.

Saturday, May 16th 2020, 11:23am

Author: Hood

Meanwhile, in Russia: 1949

That's a really nice write up and very informative.

Saturday, May 9th 2020, 5:06pm

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1949

22 September Through an intermediary and careful precautions, Charles Owija arrived at General N’Dofa residence, a small and dirty looking brick building. Shown inside it was clear that the General was not living a luxurious life as the furnishings were sparse, but he did seem amply protected by his bodyguards. He had not seen the General for at least six years and he looked older and thinner as he walked towards to greet him, clasping his hands with both of his. “My good friend Charles, so good...

Saturday, May 9th 2020, 3:09pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1949

17 September The Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors was officially created today at a meeting of a number of academics at the Admiralty in London. Among the founding members were Frederic Bartlett, Donald Broadbent, W. E. Hick, Alan Welford, and J. S. Weiner. The organisation is a professional society for ergonomists, human factors specialists, and those involved in user-centred design. 19 September The prototype Fairey Gannet, serial VR546, flew for the first time today. Design...

Friday, May 8th 2020, 4:12pm

Author: Hood

French News, 1949

General Leclerc will be missed by the French Army. A delegation of British officers would also like to attend the funeral.

Tuesday, May 5th 2020, 6:19pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1949

007 Is Born Control tossed another beige file into his ‘Out’ tray and pressed the buzzer on his desk. After a moment two men entered his small office, one was Bill Hayden, a rising officer within SIS and beside him was a tall man, slim built with dark hair and Control noticed his right cheek had a 3-inch long duelling scar on his cheek. He looked slightly Germanic in appearance. “Control, this is new man you wanted to interview. Commander Bond,” Hayden passed over the man’s personnel file. “Hmmm...

Saturday, May 2nd 2020, 6:36pm

Author: Hood

Belgian Army Plans

Unsurprisingly I had lots of spare time on my hands so I have done the number crunching for the tank contest. The scoring is in 4 major groups with sub-groups. Physical: weight, size (internal space and external for transportation), the engine (max points overall would be 30) Performance: power-to-weight ratio, road speed, cross-country performance, range (max points overall would be 40) Firepower: the main armament (both in terms of ability to fit the 90mm L/60 gun and in terms of the original ...

Saturday, May 2nd 2020, 6:10pm

Author: Hood

Dassault Ouragan III

I can't find an OTL development of the Ouragan quite like this as a stepping stone to the Mystere - which is surprising actually - but I think this is reasonable development of the basic design and entirely plausible.

Tuesday, April 28th 2020, 4:16pm

Author: Hood

Meanwhile, in Russia: 1949

I was just wondering the other day about the military games. Some interesting outcomes, especially the Belgian fortress troops being the best at digging big holes in the ground!