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Monday, January 18th 2021, 1:04am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

The German Embassy, Addis Ababa, East African State, Saturday, 10 December 1949 Von Macchio listened intently as his dragoman read the lead story in the day’s issue of Addis Zemen – the broadsheet recently founded by Amde Mikael Desalegn – a friend of the Negus and perennial thorn-in-the-side of the Italian ‘advisors’. In deliberately veiled language the newspaper suggested that the cause of the rebel Arbegnoch and the Negus was one and the same. If one read between the lines the article pointed...

Friday, January 15th 2021, 2:37am

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1949

Iquitos, Loreto, 12 December 1949 Felix Wankel, along with his team of German and Peruvian engineers and technicians had been working flat out since the freighter bearing the last components for the modular dry-dock had arrived. Their project was due for completion in but days but he could see the light at the end of the tunnel. The sections had been fitted together, their connections made, and the pumps that would raise and lower the dock had been installed. Testing would come next – first the ...

Wednesday, January 13th 2021, 4:52pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine Navy, Administrative Order of Battle, 31 December 1949

Northern Fleet – Headquarters Cavite, Luzon Cruiser Squadron One: Battlecruiser Mindanao, Armored Cruisers Bohol, Mindoro, Samal and Visayas Aircraft Carrier Squadron One: Sibuyan Cruiser Squadron Two: Tablas, Taput, Ticao and Tubbataha Cruiser Squadron Three: Basilan, Cebu, Luzon and Negros Cruiser-Destroyer Group Six: Light cruisers Dumarao and Dagupan, Destroyers Marinduque, Maricaban, Manalipa, Mantingue, Mahadi, Monteverde, Malapaso, and Maracano Cruiser-Destroyer Group Seven: Light cruiser...

Tuesday, January 12th 2021, 7:29pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, December 1949

Frigate Jolo, off Loaita Island, Friday, 2 December 1949 The mission assigned to his ship was a familiar one, repeated a number of times before. Commander Miguel Raffiñan, captain of the Jolo, watched as personnel, supplies, and equipment were ferried ashore to establish another observation post in the ever growing network of stations across the Kalayaan Islands. Offshore the barge Ledesco Two was anchoring – she carried more supplies and equipment, and would remain on station for several days w...

Monday, January 11th 2021, 1:25am

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Marinestützpunkt Swinemünde, Monday, 5 December 1940 Wulle surveyed the harbour of Swinemünde with a mix of pride and consternation. As he watched the vehicle landing ships Höllpass and Scharnitzpass slowly eased themselves into their assigned anchorage alongside the octet of utility landing ships preparing for their next training mission and the smaller assault craft that scurried across the harbour on their own missions. He wondered what the Nords would make of this mass of amphibious shipping...

Saturday, January 9th 2021, 10:28pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Die Rheinpfalz, Wednesday, 7 December 1949 The Ministry of Defence announced today the official formation of the Second Armoured Cavalry Regiment as part of the garrison of the Truppenübungsplatz Bergen-Hohne. Colonel Curt von Lüttichau has been named as its first commander. Dithmarscher Landeszeitung, Thursday, 8 December 1949 The coastal escort Kaskasi was launched today at the Wilhelmshaven Dockyard while her sister Rossbreiten was launched at Kiel. Light Cruiser Novara, The Bay of Bengal, Fr...

Friday, January 8th 2021, 9:13pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Marinesicherungsverbande, December 1949

Administrative Order of Battle, Marinesicherungsverbande, December 1949 Luftverteidigungskommando Kiel Marine-Flak-Abteilung 221 (Kiel-Friedrichsort) Marine-Flak-Abteilung 241 (Kiel-Elmschenhagen) Marine-Flak-Abteilung 251 (Kiel-Schönwohlde) Marine-Flak-Abteilung 261 (Kiel-Röbsdorf) Marine-Flak-Abteilung 271 (Kiel-Jägersberg) Luftverteidigungskommando Wilhelmshaven Marine-Flak-Abteilung 212 (Wilhelmshaven) Marine-Flak-Abteilung 214 (Cuxhaven) Marine-Flak-Abteilung 216 (Borkum) Marine-Flak-Abteil...

Friday, January 8th 2021, 9:11pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Marinelandungsverbande, December 1949

Administrative Order of Battle, Marinelandungsverbande, December 1949 Marine-Schützen Brigade 1 (HQ Flensburg) Marine-Schützen-Bataillon 301 Marine-Schützen-Bataillon 302 Marine-Schützen-Bataillon 303 Marine-Artillerie-Abteilung 681 Marine Nachschub-Abteilung 501 Strandmeisterkompanie 1 (attached) Marine-Panzerabteilung 102 Marine-Sicherungs-Abteilung 204 Marine-Bau-Abteilung 311 Marine-Schützen Brigade 2 (HQ Wilhelmshaven) Marine-Schützen-Bataillon 304 Marine-Schützen-Bataillon 305 Marine-Schüt...

Thursday, January 7th 2021, 11:52pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1949

Diario Oficial El Peruano (Lima), 6 December 1949 The destroyers Ferre and Valdes were completed today at the Callao shipyard of the Servicios Industriales de la Marina. Following there builders’ trials they will undergo training for the next six months, becoming operational next June.

Monday, January 4th 2021, 2:38pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Destroyer Pylkiy, Warnemünde Harbour, Thursday, 1 December 1949 Counter Admiral Pyotr Ustinov had divided his time in the first week in his new assignment rather unevenly – his mission was to evaluate the results of Operation Pionier – the Russian participation in the German crew training programme. True, he had responsibilities regarding the deployment of the 13th Destroyer Flotilla, but for the moment the German Navy’s cycle was in a lull; this would give him the opportunity to get to know the...

Sunday, January 3rd 2021, 7:44pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine Naval Air Service, Order of Battle, December 1949

Philippine Naval Air Service, Order of Battle, December 1949 Carrier Air Group One (embarked on CV Sibuyan) Fighting Squadron Six – Grumman F8F (18) Fighting Squadron Seven – Grumman F8F (18) Fighter-Bomber Squadron Ten – Grumman F6F (12) Naval Composite Air Group Two (land-based, at Cavite) Fighting Squadron Four – Grumman F8F (24) Search and Rescue Squadron Fifty Five – Consolidated PBY (6), Wiener Neustadt Wf14 (4) Naval Composite Air Group Four (land-based, at Basco) Fighting Squadron Five –...

Sunday, January 3rd 2021, 7:31pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine Air Force, Order of Battle, December 1949

Philippine Air Force, Order of Battle, December 1949 First Fighter Wing – HQ Villamor Air Force Base, near Manila, Luzon 11th Fighter Squadron – de Havilland Vampire Mk.31 (18) 21st Fighter Squadron – de Havilland Vampire Mk.31 (18) 31st Fighter Squadron – de Havilland Vampire Mk.31 (18) 41st Air Support Squadron – Antonov An-2 (8) Second Fighter Wing – HQ Del Carmen Air Force Base, near Pampanga, Luzon 12th Fighter Squadron – Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 (18) 22nd Fighter Squadron – Mikoyan-Gurevich...

Thursday, December 31st 2020, 6:04pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Kiel Dockyard, Sunday, 4 December 1949 Captain Khrenov had made the journey from Berlin with many of the other dignitaries who now found their place on the stand to witness the commissioning ceremonies of two of the Kriegsmarine’s latest warships. He wondered where his British opposite number was, but then perhaps Burcough had been invited to Bremerhaven, Cuxhaven, or even Flensburg – the scene before him was being played out there as well. The Ronneburg and her sister Arnstadt were the lead shi...

Tuesday, December 29th 2020, 1:18am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, December 1949

The Miami Herald, Thursday, 1 December 1949 Training Frigate Roon, Lisbon, Friday, 2 December 1949 The Roon was welcomed into the harbour of Lisbon after her passage from Argentina with Christmas celebrations in full flood. Despite the chill in the air Mohr was glad to be back in European waters again. Despite his confidence in his ship he was happy that his present order had the Roon due back in her home port of Wilhelmshaven by the end of the month. He speculated that most of the crew would be...

Monday, December 28th 2020, 12:19am

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, December 1949

Servicios Industriales de la Marina, Mollendo-Matarani, 3 December 1949 Captain Hernán Larraín had arrived in the southern port city the afternoon before from Lima, a circumstance that afforded him an opportunity to assess the tenor of this border city. He found its night life abounding, the markets filled with produce and preparations in full swing for the forthcoming Christmas season. But that was not what had brought him; he had been invited to attend the launch of some of the latest vessels ...

Saturday, December 26th 2020, 10:31pm

Author: BruceDuncan

War Reserve Petroleum Stocks of the Deutsches Luftwaffe December 1949

In April 1940 the Deutsches Luftwaffe was authorised to establish an organic war reserve of petroleum products separate and distinct from the national petroleum reserve administered by the Strategische Material Reserve-Verwaltung but organised and operated in concert with that organisation.

Saturday, December 26th 2020, 10:02pm

Author: BruceDuncan

War Reserve Petroleum Stocks of the Deutsches Heer December 1949

In March 1940 the Deutsches Heer was authorised to establish an organic war reserve of petroleum products separate and distinct from the national petroleum reserve administered by the Strategische Material Reserve-Verwaltung but organised and operated in concert with that organisation. By the close of the year the Heer had established four main fuel depots (Zentralhauptlager) and had requested funding for additional storage depots in the forthcoming fiscal years. However, due to changes in the s...

Saturday, December 26th 2020, 9:16pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Strategic Materials Reserve Stockpiles December 1949

The Strategische Material Reserve-Verwaltung (Strategic Materials Reserve Administration), at the direction of the Ministry of Economics, maintains a system of depots for the stockpiling of petroleum and other strategic materials to be drawn upon in time of national emergency or disruption of the normal patterns of commerce in event of war. At the present time there are fourteen (14) depots for the storage of oil and petroleum products, seven (7) for the storage of industrial commodities and ele...

Saturday, December 26th 2020, 12:22am

Author: BruceDuncan

Kriegsmarine Petroleum Storage Depots – December 1949

In addition to the Government’s Strategische Material Reserve-Verwaltung (Strategic Materials Reserve Administration), that maintains a petroleum reserve for the national economy, the Kriegsmarine maintains and controls its own system of storage depots. These not only support on-going activities of the fleet but also form an immediate reserve to support fleet operations without drawing on the national petroleum reserve. Where possible the tanks forming the naval petroleum reserve have been locat...

Thursday, December 24th 2020, 8:58pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Merry Christmas

Indeed, Merry Christmas everyone. May the new year be happier and more joy-filled. The old year cannot depart too soon.