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Saturday, February 20th 2021, 1:17am

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Berlin, The Admiralstab, Saturday, 17 December 1949 A car had met them upon their arrival at the railway station and whisked them to Admiralstab headquarters where they were quickly ushered into a conference room. They were greeted by a scholarly-looking kapitän zur see who stood next to a conference table covered in stacks of plans and piles of scale models. “Reporting as ordered Herr Kapitän.” Rall took charge of introducing his companions. “Welcome to Berlin. I am von Friedeburg, and as your ...

Wednesday, February 17th 2021, 9:09pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events 1949

Radio Manila, Friday, 9 December 1949 “The Foreign Ministry emphatically rejected the most recent demand by the Chinese Government that it be permitted to establish regular air traffic between Canton and Shanghai and several cities in the Philippines. The Chinese demand comes in the wake of the move by Cathay Pacific Airway of Hong Kong to open direct flights from Hong Kong to Manila. Air services to China were suspended at the outbreak of the South China Sea war in 1940 and have not been resume...

Monday, February 15th 2021, 1:07am

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1949

Iquitos, Loreto, 25 December 1949 Consul Joaquim Nabuco was among the throng that gathered at the city’s river port to witness the first test of the newly completed modular dry dock that the Peruvian Navy had constructed with German technical assistance. Under the watchful eye of engineer Wankel the dock was flooded down to admit the Peruvian river monitor Bagua Grande while winches hauled the vessel into position and hawsers secured her. Then pumps began to expel the water from the pontoons tha...

Saturday, February 13th 2021, 1:34am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Hamburger Abendblatt, Monday, 19 December 1949 Scheduled winter manoeuvres are continuing in the Truppenübungsplatz Senne involving elements of Panzerdivision 1, Panzerdivision 12, and Panzergrenadier Division 11. Berlin, The Cabinet Meeting Room, Tuesday, 20 December 1949 The debate around the meeting table had gone on for nearly half-an-hour, far longer than matters requiring the Cabinet’s attention normally took. Then, the Rheinbote program was a radical change in Germany’s defence posture, r...

Saturday, February 6th 2021, 12:55am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Militär-Wochenblatt, Friday, 16 December 1949 Scheduled winter manoeuvres began today in the Truppenübungsplatz Grafenwöhr. The exercises will involve Panzerdivision 7, Panzergrenadierdivision 16, Panzerdivision 9, and Panzerdivision 17. Handelsblatt, Saturday, Saturday, 17 December 1949 Massawa, East African State, Sunday, 18 December 1949 Martin Hessler had arrived in the port of Massawa some two months ago to take up his duties as consul and in that time he had formed a none-too-high opinion ...

Monday, February 1st 2021, 1:08am

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Insterburg, East Prussia, Thursday, 15 December 1949 The training of Schnelleinsetzbare Schwere Betriebsreparaturgeschwader 22 had not been interrupted by the arrival of winter, the programme merely shifted emphasis. Practice for keeping men and material warm and operation in the cold was now the order of the day. Thus it was surprising that Gallery and Savitsky found themselves invited to the squadron HQ hut where Oberstleutnant Rall broke the news to them. “Gentlemen, we have been asked to att...

Sunday, January 31st 2021, 1:39am

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1949

El Comercio (Lima), 18 December 1949

Saturday, January 30th 2021, 1:01am

Author: BruceDuncan

A Spectre Resurgent

Guardia di Finanza Headquarters, Rome, Tuesday, 6 December 1949 Andrea Fogli, Commanding General of the Guardia di Finanza, had listened to the briefing from his senior subordinates for ten minute and could stand no more. “Imbeciles! How many months have you been chasing this funny-money around the country without a clue to its source or how it is distributed? Do you know the cot to the nation of this counterfeit currency? We are the laughing stock of Europe!” Giovanni Branca, head of the Polizi...

Wednesday, January 27th 2021, 11:42pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events 1949

The Mindanao Examiner, Tuesday, 6 December 1949

Wednesday, January 27th 2021, 12:06am

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1949

The Peruvian Times (Lima), 16 December 1949 The Peruvian Air Force has concluded a contract with the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation of Burbank, California, in the United States, to purchase twenty-five examples of the firm’s P-80 fighter aircraft. The first of these aircraft is expected to be delivered early next year.

Tuesday, January 26th 2021, 6:54pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Hamburger Abendblatt, Tuesday, 13 December 1949 The crane ship Erzegebirge completed her conversion in the Deschimag yard here today and will embark upon builders’ trials before joining the Lehrdivision in the Baltic for operational training. Cruiser Novara, Trincomalee Harbour, Wednesday, 14 December 1949 The need for fuel and fresh water for his ships and for his crews and caused Rogge to pause in his passage across the Bay of Bengal. The Bharati authorities had not refused permission outright...

Monday, January 25th 2021, 1:31am

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Bornholm, The Dueodde Syd, Monday, 12 December 1949 As lighthouse keeper for the Dueodde Syd Anders Lassen had seen many ships pass through the waters to the south of his home island. In the summer months there would be dozens of pleasure craft sailing the Baltic, throughout the year there were the train ferries, the freighters, and the passenger ships that gave life to the Baltic’s commerce. In the last few years though the number of warships that he had observed had increased mightily as the G...

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...