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Yesterday, 8:09pm

Author: BruceDuncan

A Spectre Resurgent

Lugano, Switzerland, Monday, 3 October 1949 Blofeld read his subordinate’s report with considerable interest. “The Sociedad General de Riegos Industria y Colonizacion – you indicate that it was founded to construct irrigation works in the Ebro Valley. I presume you are not suggesting that I throw good money after bad in that sink hole?” Cornfeld smiled. “By no means. Effectively the firm has been moribund for the best part of a decade, having lost much of its initial capital in legal quarrels. B...

Yesterday, 6:06pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Naval Augmentation and Replenishment Act of 1950

Provided continued funding for construction under way and authorized construction of: Ocean escorts Karangalan, Kalasag, Kampilan, and Karanbit Seaplane tenders Lankiam and Loaita Survey ships Diskobre and Mihagit Harbor tug Maayon, Mambusao, Sapian, Sigma, Pavia, Portolan, Mayantoc, and Moncada Hospital tender Kahupayan and Kaluoy

Yesterday, 6:03pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events 1949

The Davao Herald, Monday, 10 October 1949 The Senate has concluded debate and approved the Naval Augmentation and Replenishment Act of 1950, which will govern the Philippine Navy’s construction program for the coming year. In addition to funding vessels already under construction it provides funding for four additional ocean escorts of the Kagitingan class and authorizes construction of two seaplane tenders, two survey ships, eight harbor tugs, and two small hospital tenders. This represents a s...

Monday, June 1st 2020, 3:19am

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1949

Quoted from "Brockpaine" Interesting. Trucks, or passenger cars? Eventually motor buses. Public transportation is a priority. CKD trucks are likely to be imported and marketed. Initial sales of motors are likely to be for industrial use.

Monday, June 1st 2020, 2:23am

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1949

La Industria (Trujillo), 5 October 1949 State Committee for Economic Development has announced that an agreement has been reached with the Czechoslovak firm Českomoravská Kolben-Daněk to form a joint venture with local partners to establish a factory for the manufacture of automotive diesel engines. The venture is to be known as Motores Diesel Andinos, and will undertake the assembly and progressive manufacture of diesel engine of CKD design at a factory to be constructed in the Ate District of ...

Saturday, May 30th 2020, 6:29pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Leichter Gepanzerter Spähwagen Fennek

(Thanks to Brockpaine for the artwork) The Fennek has been developed in response to a Heer requirement for a deep reconnaissance vehicle with greater stealth characteristics that the Lynx tracked reconnaissance vehicle. In a secondary role it is able to fulfill the need for a road security and convoy escort vehicle. The vehicle can be configured to meet other requirements and alternative armament packages are under consideration at this time. Combat weight: 7,370 kg Length: 5.69 metres Width: 2...

Saturday, May 30th 2020, 6:23pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events 1949

Quoted from "Brockpaine" Quoted from "Hood" It's clear that the current situation is unfeasible to continue without some kind of change. The French and Russians don't actually consider this to be the case. Quoted from "Hood" It may be better for the blockade to end and the resumption of talks to persuade Italy to give up Vlore entirely, but whose ownership should take precedence is open to discussion. OOC: From a political point of view, France sees a certain utility in... not convincing Italy ...

Friday, May 29th 2020, 9:09pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Henschel Hs132 Multi-Role Support Aircraft

The Henschel Flugzeugwerke prepared the Hs132 design as a private venture, with the aircraft being shown to the public at the 1949 Paris Salon, where the prototype was featured. The design was intended to serve a variety of roles depending upon potential customers’ needs. The roles envisaged included: cargo and personnel transport, fisheries patrol, medical evacuation, and photogrammetric survey. Technical Description Crew: 2-6 (pilot, copilot/navigator, and up to four mission specialists depen...

Friday, May 29th 2020, 8:03pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Wiener Neustadter Flugzeugwerke Wf21 Transport Helicopter

General characteristics Crew: 3 (two pilots, one crew chief) Capacity: up to 20 troops, 12 stretchers, or equivalent freight Length: 16.01 metres (fuselage) Rotor diameter: 13.41metres Height: 4.80 metres Disc area: 282.6 square metres Empty weight: 4,058 kg Loaded weight: 6,893 kg Maximum takeoff weight: 6,893 kg Powerplant: One Bramo 350 9-cylinder radial air cooled engine, 1,425 hp, driving two rotors Performance Maximum speed: 204 kph Cruising speed: 158 kph Range: 427 kilometres Service ce...

Friday, May 29th 2020, 7:54pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Dornier Do35 Amphibian Flying Boat

The Do.35 was first mooted as a successor to the earlier Do.25 general purpose amphibian in 1942 though it was not accorded significant priority by the Dornier firm. Serious work commenced late in 1946 and a prototype was first flown in late 1948. The first aircraft were delivered to the Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Rettung Schiffbrüchiger, Germany’s civil maritime search and rescue service, in March 1949. Technical Description Gull-wing monoplane. Centre-section and detachable outer sections. Met...

Friday, May 29th 2020, 7:20pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events 1949

Speaking OOC of course, I have always regarded the formation of Yugoslavia's current borders as something of a mystery but was is, is. Yugoslavia regards Dalmatia and Slovenia as occupied territories and presses for their 'return' but knows that short of war this isn't likely to happen (particularly without an Italian player). It has also always looked upon Vlore as territory 'stolen' from Greece, chiefly as part of Yugoslavia's policy of cooperating with other Balkan nations in the interest of ...

Friday, May 29th 2020, 1:13pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events 1949

Belgrade, The Prime Minister’s Residence, Thursday, 6 October 1949 It was not a meeting of the full cabinet – the time for that had not yet come – but Prime Minister Boris Furlan had invited Božidar Purić, his foreign minister, and Petar Stambolic, the minister of defence, for a private meeting to discuss the question of Vlore. “The Italians have shown inclination to leave, and there is little more pressure that we can place upon them short of war.” Stambolic had come quickly to the point. “It i...

Friday, May 29th 2020, 12:30am

Author: BruceDuncan

AGO Ao225 Light Transport Aircraft

The AGO Flugzeugwerke Oschersleben, the aircraft construction subsidiary of the Apparatebau GmbH Oschersleben, is the heir to the Gustav Otto Flugmaschinenwerke firm that had been founded in 1911. It has long functioned as a member of the Focke Wulf Fw340 production group. The firm has maintained a design office since 1935 under the leadership of engineer Paul Klages. The Ao225 design, in effect a modernised version of the Ao192 Kurier of 1936, is intended for the growing civil aviation market....

Thursday, May 28th 2020, 9:22pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events 1949

The Philippine Herald, Thursday, 6 October 1949 An example of the Chilean ENAER N1E-4 Coati advanced trainer arrived today at Fernando Air Force Base near Lipa City, where it will undergo test and evaluation by the Air Force’s Air Education and Training Center. The N1E-4 "Turbo-Coati" is being considered as a replacement for its current inventory of N1E-3 piston engine advanced trainers to better approximate the speed and handling of high-performance jet aircraft. If selected, it is anticipated ...

Thursday, May 28th 2020, 7:16pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Projekt Hummerschere

Projekt Hummerschere (Project Lobster Claw) The island of Helgoland has been a major bastion of German naval power since the days of the Empire but in 1940 plans were put in hand for the expansion of the naval facilities there to provide the necessary support for the expanding Kriegsmarine.

Thursday, May 28th 2020, 3:37am

Author: BruceDuncan

Feldhaubitze FH155-1 Medium Field Howitzer

Quoted from "Doorcf" Any particular reason the germans are using a 155mm howitzer instead of their typical 150mm? Because replacing all that 150mm ammunition is gonna take a lot of time. In a word - interoperability. That and shortening the development cycle by adapting an existing design. The older 15cm guns will soldier on for a considerable period and be shifted to the reserves as soon as possible. The shift to the new caliber also brings the opportunity to introduce improved munitions with ...

Wednesday, May 27th 2020, 10:52pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Meanwhile, in Russia: 1949

Quoted from "Brockpaine" Thanks; hope you enjoyed it. Future installments will not be quite as long as this post; the two items just merited a lot more detail. :thumbsup:

Wednesday, May 27th 2020, 10:19pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Meanwhile, in Russia: 1949

A very well written and informative post, filled with excellent observations. It gives much food for thought.

Wednesday, May 27th 2020, 5:02pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Feldhaubitze FH155-1 Medium Field Howitzer

The Feldhaubitze FH155-1 is a derivative of the French Obusier de 155 mm Modèle 44. Mass: 8,100 kilograms Length: 7.8 metres Barrel length: 4.65 metres (L/30) Width: 2.7 metres Height: 2.5 metres Crew: 11 Shell: Separate loading charge and projectile Caliber: 155 mm Breech: Interrupted screw Recoil: Hydro-pneumatic Carriage: Split trail Elevation: -4°/69° Traverse: 80° Rate of fire: 3-4 rounds per minute Muzzle velocity: 650 metres/second Effective firing range: 18,000 metres Maximum firing rang...

Wednesday, May 27th 2020, 2:50pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Nachrichten für Außenhandel, Tuesday, 4 October1949 The Deutsche-Afghanische Companie KG, of Berlin, has been established by German business groups to foster improved trade between the Reich and Afghanistan, a nation still recovering from lengthy civil war. The new firm has an initial capital of five million Reichsmarks, and its remit includes general import and export and investment in the Afghan economy. Marinestützpunkt Heligoland, Wednesday, 5 October 1949 The cruiser Breslau lay at anchor i...