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Today, 2:16am

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events 1949

Vlore, Thursday, 22 December 1949 It had taken time to mature their plan to deal with the Camorra chieftain Luigi Vollaro but finally the pieces were in place. Knežević had carefully recruited a cadre of locals who were willing to take part an assault on Volarro’s headquarters; Šaranović had made several discrete border crossings to smuggle the necessary weapons into Vlore – a number of Beretta automatic carbines and pistols from the Yugoslav army’s ‘sterile’ stores. Perović had spent weeks watc...

Monday, April 5th 2021, 7:16pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Destroyer Pylkiy, Warnemünde Harbour, Thursday, 29 December 1949 Admiral Ustinov began to draft a report for St. Petersburg on his first assessment of his tenure in charge of Operation Pionier – or Wachsame Entschlossenheit as the Kriegsmarine insisted on calling it ‘Vigilant Resolve’. He had come to understand the reasoning of the German Admiralty in allocating to it the number of ships and men involved. Since he had taken charge of the Russian Federation Navy’s participation at the end of Nove...

Tuesday, March 30th 2021, 3:03am

Author: BruceDuncan

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1949

Quoted from "Brockpaine" Hope they've camouflaged the cargo better than normal... given the increased scrutiny for piracy and gunrunning in the region - going into places like Berbera especially - they're likely to get at least one warship giving them the stink-eye. Perhaps they are counting on the attention of the Italians - at least - being diverted elsewhere by the visiting East Asia Squadron.

Tuesday, March 30th 2021, 3:01am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Massawa, East African State, Friday, 30 December 1949 As a mere consular official, Martin Hessler played no role in the pageantry enacted on the waters of Massawa Harbour. For that he was thankful. He could retreat to the air-conditioned interior of the chancery and watch the ships that now filled the waters off the Abd el Kader peninsula. The visit of Admiral Rogge’s cruiser squadron had prompted the Italians to concentrate as many ships as they could muster to remind the visiting Negus of who ...

Monday, March 29th 2021, 1:29pm

Author: BruceDuncan

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1949

"Come Watson! The game's afoot!" <Makes due note of forthcoming Lagos conference>

Tuesday, March 23rd 2021, 12:17am

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events 1949

Vlore, Saturday, 10 December 1949 Four years previously Raimondo d’Aquino arrive in Vlore as a lieutenant of the Corpo dei Carabinieri, fresh out of its cadet battalion where he had earned first place in his elevation. He had come with high hopes and expectations; the time he had spent in this sordid corner of the Italian republic had robbed him of any such illusions. It was bad enough that the civil authorities were thoroughly venal – it was almost expected anywhere in Italy – but they were com...

Sunday, March 21st 2021, 7:28pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events, December 1949

Novosti News Service, Wednesday, 7 December 1949 A spokesman for the Palace announced this morning that Queen Xenia is expecting the birth of an heir to the throne. The birth is expected in early summer. King Petar commented that he and Her Majesty are overjoyed at the prospect.

Thursday, March 18th 2021, 12:03am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Cruiser Novara, Massawa Harbour, Wednesday, 28 December 1949 The ships of the East Asia Squadron swing easily in the outer harbour of Massawa – thankfully there was a breeze to relieve sweltering heat. Rogge had called upon the captain of the port upon arrival – a mere formality – and he had called again the previous day in an attempt to speed the provisioning of his ships. But today the side party was mustered on the cruiser’s quarterdeck to receive the Consul Martin Hessler, who, Rogge hoped, ...

Saturday, March 13th 2021, 1:09am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Berlin, The British Embassy, Sunday, 25 December 1949 Alfred Burcough, the naval attaché in the German capital, read the transcript of the report of one of Tanner’s stringers in Bremen. Reportedly the German Navy was taking up another round of merchant ships from trade for conversion into naval auxiliaries. According to the agent ‘Spot’ two large cargo ships were to be converted to landing ships, while no less than six small freighters were to being requisitioned for unspecified purposes. He rub...

Wednesday, March 10th 2021, 12:28am

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events 1949

Naval Operating Base Cavite, Tuesday, 20 December 1949 Kapitein-luitenant ter Zee Phillip Buis sat among the other dignitaries listening to the speech delivered by De la Vega, the Philippine Minister of Defense. It was, he thought, variation number three on his set speech delivered on the occasion of the commissioning of a new ship. It was a speech Buis had heard a number of times before. The light cruiser Tarlac was today’s ‘guest of honor’ – draped in flags and bunting. Across the bay the Tarl...

Tuesday, March 9th 2021, 3:11am

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Marinestützpunkt Swinemünde, Saturday, 24 December 1949 Ohmsen had been granted several days to get his men, and their equipment, settled in before beginning training with the crews of the numerous landing ships that filled Swinemünde harbour. Their work would start in earnest following the Christmas holiday. Officially Ohmsen’s command had been allocated the designation Lehrkommando 105 – a training detachment equivalent to two companies – equipped with the new "Lowe" light tank and, still, the...

Monday, March 8th 2021, 1:01am

Author: BruceDuncan

A Spectre Resurgent

Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, 17 December 1949 Osman Ghaleb Bey had taken charge of the offices of the Egyptian Commercial and Trading Company not six weeks before and already the Cairo business world was aware that there was a new captain at its helm. Blofeld Effendi had purchased for a small price the shares of the old, established cotton-trading company and despatched him to move it into the modern world. Alongside the old line of selling Manchester-made cottons on the local market the firm had bra...

Saturday, March 6th 2021, 9:36pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Autozeitung, Thursday, 22 December 1949 Oberösterreichische Rundschau, Friday, 23 December, 1949 Winter manoeuvres continue in Truppenübungsplatz Kaisersteinbruch in Burgenland, and are expected to do so for at least the next week. In addition to Eingreifdivision 1, Panzerdivision 2, and Gebirgesdivision 2, reserve contingents from Infanteriedivisions 141 and 143, together with Panzerbrigade 64 are participating in the war games. Cruiser Novara, Berbera Harbour, Saturday, 24 December 1949 Rogge ...

Monday, March 1st 2021, 9:53pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events 1949

The Manila Times, Monday, 12 December 1949 The Ministry of Defense announced today that twelve SH-40 Tourbillon helicopters are to be procured for the Army Air Corps. Deliveries are expected to commence in the early spring of 1950. The Mindanao Journal, Friday, 16 December 1949

Sunday, February 28th 2021, 12:14am

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Berlin, The Admiralstab, Monday, 19 December 1949 The planning sessions with von Friedeburg and his staff had been intense, and Galley’s eyes still felt the strain of pouring over dozens of sheets of ship plans, lists of equipment, with their dimensions, weights, and special characteristics. They had had to work out compromises in order that the ships – the soon to be converted Kachelotplate and Brauerplate – would not risk taking on a list in heavy seas, and yet be able to off-load the equipmen...

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...