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Tuesday, June 25th 2019, 3:29am

Der Tagesspiegel, Wednesday, 13 April 1949

The Ministry of Defence has announced that Jagdgeschwader 55 has begun to transition to the Bf329 jet interceptor, surrendering its Fw190A piston-engine fighters. It is expected that the conversion process will be complete by early summer. Jagdgeschwader 71, now the sole operator of the venerable Wurger-A, is expected to begin transition later this year.

H.M Passport Control Office, Vienna, Thursday, 14 April 1949

Militär-Wochenblatt, Friday, 15 April 1949

A single example of the Russian Sikorsky S-19 utility and transport helicopter has been acquired by the Luftwaffe under lease. The aircraft arrived at Erprobungsstelle Rechlin yesterday, where it will be evaluated in comparison with the rotary wing aircraft service presently in service with the armed forces. The SH.40 “Tourbillon”, the French-built variant of the S-19, has recently obtained export orders from the Netherlands and Yugoslavia.


Thursday, June 27th 2019, 6:53pm

Rheinische Post, Saturday, 16 April 1949

At a congress held this week in the city of Düsseldorf scientists agreed to the foundation of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Elektronenmikroskopie (German Society for Electron Microscopy) to further coordinate the work of researchers in the field of electron microscopy. The decision was at the urging of the physicist Ernst Brüche, while Ernst Ruska was elected as its first president. Among its first committee members were Hans Mahl, Fritz Jung, Walter Kikuth and Otto Scherzer.

Kieler Nachrichten, Sunday, 17 April 1949

The Wiesbaden-class air defence destroyers Kassel and Trier have completed their operational training in the Baltic and are expected to deploy to the Atlantikflotte within the next several weeks.

Der Tagesspiegel, Monday, 18 April 1949

A spokesman for Hirth-Motoren announced today that engineers at its Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen facility have begun testing of its experimental T-51 turboshaft engine. If successful this engine would have particular value in its adaptation to rotary wing aircraft, as it would be lighter in weight than the current generation of piston-engines now employed.


Friday, July 5th 2019, 10:04pm

Survey Ship Komet, Cam Rahn Bay, Tuesday, 19 April 1949

The Komet entered the anchorage and slowly made her way to her assigned mooring. For Lehmann-Willenbrock and many of the crew their arrival foreshadowed change. Enlistments completed a number of the ratings would be returning home via air, and some would be departing to assignments aboard other ships of the East Asia Squadron. He himself found he was under orders to return to Germany by the most expeditious means to take up a new assignment. The scientists that had gathered data and samples of the ocean floor would take ship for home, returning to their universities to sift through and interpret what had been discovered. It was a time of change.

The Portuguese Fort, Bahrain, Wednesday, 20 April 1949

The combination of oppressive heat and enervating humidity had an impact on all members of the expedition, Bessig and Jones included. Their exertions were now in vain however. Continuing excavations within the ramparts of the old fort had disclosed a series of superimposed cities of substantive construction – no mud brick walls but structures of cut limestone blocks. Their knowledge of the sequence of habitation grew – they could now establish beyond question that Bahrain was the site of the ancient country of Dilmun, which featured prominently in Sumerian history and legend. The discovery of stamp seals bearing inscriptions in the undeciphered script of the Harappan culture hinted at links to far distant India.

Oberösterreichische Rundschau, Thursday, 21 April 1949

The Grazer Athletiksport-Klub has proposed to organise a stage cycling race for teams of amateur cyclists resident in the Austrian provinces. If sufficient interest can be found in the cycling clubs of the region the first Österreich-Rundfahrt would be held in July of next year.


Friday, July 12th 2019, 12:45am

Berlin, H.M. Passport Control Office, Friday, 22 April 1949

Bill Tanner felt as though he were sitting beneath the proverbial Sword of Damocles.

That morning he had received word that agent who was the source of the original report on secret oil storage depots in Austria, which he had passed to London in February, had been taken into custody by the police. He wondered how long it might take to break his agent, and what the fellow might tell the German security services. As far as Tanner knew there were no direct ties to him, and he had instructed his other stringers to lie low, but as the demise of the TEAPOT network proved, mistakes can be made.

It wasn’t that he felt frightened that the he might be arrested; his diplomatic credentials would protect him from that. Expulsion perhaps, and that might be looked upon as a badge of honour by his superiors; what he feared was something career ending, the fate of agents who slipped up.

So he went back to reading the routine reports that had come in the morning’s mail; made small talk when Burcough dropped by to discuss an item heard on the radio; and waited.

Deutsche Presse-Agentur, Saturday, 23 April 1949

Minister of Economics Otto von Hapsburg and a delegation of experts from the Ministry and from industry will visit the United States of America in the near future. The purpose of the visit is to expand economic ties between the two countries and to discuss the question of mutual tariff reductions.

Kronen Zeitung, Sunday, 24 April 1949

Edwin Hofmann has been named as chief editor of the Wiener Schachzeitung, the official organ of the Austrian Chess Federation, in succession to Josef Halumbirek, who has retired from the editorial desk after ten years at the helm.


Thursday, July 18th 2019, 9:56pm

Frigate Gefion, The South China Sea, Monday, 25 April 1949

The Gefion and her sister Jaguar had left the base of Cam Rahn Bay earlier that morning on a routine cruise northward; Kapitän zur See Heinrich Graf von Haugwitz checked the plot and noted that Qui Nhon was just over the horizon to the west. At their current speed it would take little more than two days to make it to their first port of call at San Hainando. Their present mission was a familiar one – monitor ship traffic in the waters approaching or departing the China coast. Despite reports of a build-up of Chinese naval strength previous cruises had disclosed little evidence to confirm them. To von Haugwitz’s mind, if the Chinese decided to stay in port that would suit him well enough.

Deutsche Presse-Agentur, Tuesday, 26 April 1949

The Ministry of Defence announced today that two of the Luftwaffe’s fighter training establishments will convert to the status of reserve fighter wings. Jagdfliegerschule 7 at Hildesheim has been reformed as Jagdgeschwader 107 while Jagdfliegerschule 8 at Bad Vöslau has been reformed as Jagdgeschwader 108. Both units will operate the Focke Wulf Fw190F fighter-bomber, the intent being to maintain pilot proficiency as the Luftwaffe enters the next phase of its re-equipment programme.

Hamburger Abendblatt, Wednesday, 27 April 1949

Minister of Economics Otto von Hapsburg, accompanied by representatives of the Reichsverband der Deutschen Industrie departed Berlin this afternoon for the United States, where they are expected to enter into discussions touching expanding trade links between Germany and the United States. In remarks to the press before departing, the von Hapsburg gave few details of the topics to be discussed and potential outcomes, merely reaffirming Germany’s long term friendly economic relations with America.