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Friday, November 10th 2017, 2:52pm

Kieler Nachrichten, Tuesday, 25 May 1948

The frigates Stockach, Gailingen, Chemnitz, and Mohlsdorf have completed their assignment to the Lehr-Division and are now fully operational for service with the fleet.

Rostocker Zeitung, Wednesday, 26 May 1948

The dockyard at Kiel today saw completion of the new frigates Ottendorf and Drachhausen, while the Flensburger Schiffsbau delivered the frigates Pirow and Roggenstede. These comprise the last four vessels of the Manching-class, and are expected to be followed by a new class of frigates due to be begun next year.

Dithmarscher Landeszeitung, Thursday, 27 May 1948

Peat cutters Otto and Max Müller of Osterby, Rendsburg-Eckernförde, while cutting peat on their father’s land, discovered the mummified partial remains of human body buried long ago in a bog. Classed by archaeologists as a bog-burial, the remains – comprising a head was wrapped in fragments of a deerskin cape – feature hair tied in a Suebian knot, which the historian Tacitus describes in his Germania as a characteristic of free men among the Germanic tribe of Suebi. The find is now undergoing analysis at the Provincial Archaeological Museum.


Sunday, November 12th 2017, 11:38am

Kieler Nachrichten, Friday, 28 May 1948

The destroyers Torgau, Bautzen, Dessau, and Gustrow have completed their assignment to the Lehr-Division and are now fully operational for service with the fleet.

Bremer Nachrichten, Saturday, 29 May 1948

Ceremonies at the Deschimag shipyard at Bremerhaven marked the completion today of the destroyers Limburg and Oppeln; similar ceremonies at Cuxhaven marked the completion of the destroyers Schwarzburg and Altenburg. The newly-completed vessels will be undergoing builders’ trials for the next several weeks before joining the Lehr-Division in the Baltic for a period of operational training.


Monday, November 13th 2017, 9:27pm

Base Aéronavale de Lann Bihoué, France, Sunday, 30 May 1948

Kapitänleutnant Ganzer and Oberleutnant zur See Offermann were comparing notes after their most recent rides in the Breguet-Nord Br.930 Pêcheur antisubmarine aircraft. For a design that derived from the Breguet Br.693 ground-attack aircraft they found it serviceable enough, if rather small. Of course, its small size was not necessarily an impediment for operating off the Kriegsmarine’s own flight decks. The fact that the design was still ‘flexible’ was also an element in its favour – the officials of the factory in Toulouse had been very clear that the airframe could be readily modified to suit any of the Kriegsmarine’s needs. As an interim type the Br.930 was certainly worth considering.

As they waited for transportation back to Paris they began to write the report they would submit. They would recommend that the French Marine Nationale be invited to send one or two of its aircraft for evaluation and carrier-testing. If these tests confirmed the aircraft’s suitability, it was their considered opinion that the Br.930 be acquired to fill the immediate needs of the Marineflieger, while a domestic aircraft capable of meeting all the needs of the service was developed.

Világgazdaság (Budapest), Monday, 31 May 1948

Our correspondents in East Africa report that on Tuesday of last week armed gunmen robbed the Banco di Roma branch in Addis Ababa, capital of the East African State, escaping with a considerable amount of cash and wounding two policemen in the process. No further details are available at this time, and local authorities have described it as an isolated incident of banditry.


Today, 2:01pm

Berlin, The Cabinet Meeting Room, Tuesday, 1 June 1948

“And thus thanks to our expanding trade with our alliance partners” concluded von Hapsburg, “we are no longer as dependent upon Nordmark for the importation of iron ore or forest products as we once were. Nordish supplies of high-grade ore are still useful, but for most steel products our own sources, such as the ores at Salzgitter, are adequate.” He then continued, “Our metallurgical industries have arranged very advantageous contracts for ferroalloys with Russian sources, and the nations of south-eastern Europe remain a trove of resources yet to be fully developed.”

The question of developing the resources in question had long been a sticking point. German firms had long been willing to invest, if given a free hand by the governments in question to ‘guide’ their exploitation to Germany’s advantage. Von Hapsburg’s policies had championed a partnership with local interests to develop the mineral wealth of the Balkans to the advantage of both parties.

“Then there is less of a risk if we take a stronger line in our negotiations with the Nords?” asked Dehler, the Foreign Minister.

“To the economy, yes,” replied von Hapsburg. “Though there is no reason to take a stronger position merely for the sake of taking one. The Nordish government is not led by a set of fools.”

“Very well,” said Adenauer. “What is next?”

Blank, the Defence Minister spoke. “There is the question of Yugoslav inquiries regarding the outright sale of Arado light bombers. The matter has been raised before and deferred; they have raised it again.”

“Herr Dehler,” replied Adenauer, “given our present circumstances, would the state of our relations with Italy still preclude a positive response?” The rising level of tensions with the increasingly chaotic Italian Government baulked greatly in everyone’s thoughts.”

“I would like my staff to consider the details of the Yugoslav request before providing a definite answer,” Dehler responded.

“I would like your answer by our next meeting,” the Chancellor concluded.

Berliner Morgenpost, Wednesday, 2 June 1948

The Army Ordnance Office has announced the results of the new rifle competition. The Maschinenkarabiner G6, developed by the Mauser-werke, has been selected for production to replace the MP36 machine pistol and rifles in certain units. In a surprise move though the Industriewerke Karlsruhe has been awarded a contract to develop an adaptation of the current G5 rifle for the new Polte intermediate cartridge.

Berlin, The Admiralstab, Thursday, 3 June 1948

Kapitän zur See Heinrich Gerlach, Director of Naval Intelligence, pored over the reports that had arrived regarding the recently-concluded British fleet exercises in the mid-Atlantic. They were fragmentary at best, and somewhat contradictory, despite deploying several vessels to observe matters at a distance. Signals analysis suggested that the British were attempting to practice how to handle large numbers of aircraft carriers in independent operations, as well as to protect convoys against submarine attacks. This was no surprise, and the same signals analysis reinforced the conclusion that the British were utilising some sort of aerial command post for direction of their aircraft.

What did surprise Gerlach was the movement of a substantial portion of the British Mediterranean Fleet to play the part of aggressor in the second phase of the British exercise. French and Atlantean sources suggested that the British had treated this force as far larger in theory than it was in practice – a reflection of the fact that in European waters the Royal Navy’s resources were stretched quite thin. What annoyed Gerlach was the lack of sufficient information to determine what conclusions the British might have reached. No doubt they had learned much; the question was whether they had learned the right things, or merely confirmed the Royal Navy’s prejudices regarding its doctrine.