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Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, January 1950

Novosti News Service, Mostar, Friday, 6 January 1950 The Jasenica Equipment and Machinery Company today delivered its first production M50 tank destroyer. Derived from the successful M48 medium tank, which is in full production at the factory, the M50 is expected to replace the elderly AT.47 self-propelled antitank gun, of which more than two hundred examples were built by the Jasenica factory. Privredni vjesnik, Wednesday, 11 January 1950 It is reported that the Zagreb Railway Rolling Stock Fac...

Friday, May 7th 2021, 7:33pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Empire of Great Britain Report Q1/1950

FWIW, it appears as if the Loch class Frigate Loch Ken has been laid down twice, once at Armstrong's S-1d and one at Armstrong's S-1g.

Tuesday, May 4th 2021, 6:58pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, January 1950

Cruiser Novara, The Red Sea, Saturday, 7 January 1950 There was not a man of the East Asia Squadron that regretted their departure from Massawa – even Djibouti, their next port of call, was more inviting. They had made their point in reminding the Negus Haile Selassie that there were other nations that could be considered friends other than the overweening Italians. They would, however, remain in the region a bit longer – those were the orders from the Admiralstab in Berlin. Berliner Börsen-Cour...

Sunday, May 2nd 2021, 12:48pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Henschel Hs132 Multi-Role Support Aircraft

In January 1950 the Peruvian National Police obtained two examples of the Hs132 via the German development agency Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst. Upon delivery the aircraft were deployed to the Puno Region were they would operate in border patrol operations as well as carrying out cargo and personnel transport, medical evacuation, and photogrammetric survey missions in support of regular police activities. Technical Description Crew: 2-6 (pilot, copilot/navigator, and up to four mission specialis...

Saturday, May 1st 2021, 3:10am

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, January 1950

Iquitos, Loreto, Thursday, 12 January 1950 Consul Joaquim Nabuco made another entry in his day book, recording his impressions of the changes occurring in the Peruvian portion of the Tres Fronteras region. Though operational only since Christmas the floating dry dock had already seen two river steamers undergo repairs and quickly returned to service, much to the delight of commercial interests in Iquitos. He had heard reports that the airfield that served the city was to be expanded and an all-w...

Wednesday, April 28th 2021, 7:42pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, January 1950

Berlin, The British Embassy, Wednesday, 4 January 1950 The door to Alfred Burcough’s office open unexpectedly to admit Bill Tanner – ostensibly the Passport Control officer but in reality the SIS station chief. “They’re at it again!” Tanner exclaimed, tossing a sheaf of papers onto Burcough’s desk. “Who?” “The bloody Germans, who else? Just look at those reports from my stringers.” Burcough took up the reports and began to scan them. Bits and pieces of information on the latest round of naval co...

Tuesday, April 27th 2021, 12:38am

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, January 1950

Diario Oficial El Peruano (Lima), Sunday, 1 January 1950 The corvettes Piscobamba and Yanahuanca were laid down today in the Callao shipyards of Servicios Industriales de la Marina. They are the final pair of such vessels on order for the Armada. The Peruvian Times (Lima), Wednesday, 4 January 1950 Representatives of the trade unions of the Servicios Industriales de la Marina have expressed concern at the likely fall off of works in the yards. While those vessels presently under construction at ...

Monday, April 26th 2021, 1:26am

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, January 1950

Butuan Naval Shipyard, Monday, 2 January 1950 Capitaine de corvette Arsène Couturier stepped off his flight from Manila and walked across the tarmac towards the car waiting to take him to his destination, the naval shipyard. A visit had been arranged some weeks ago to afford him an opportunity to assess the Philippine Navy’s ongoing construction program. Butuan, on the northern coast of Mindanao, had the reputation of being a highly efficient and productive shipyard. What he would see on this vi...

Sunday, April 25th 2021, 6:59pm

Author: BruceDuncan

British Empire News 1950

Berlin will be watching the run-up to the elections with great interest. It will be interesting if Labour can manage to hang on, or whether the Tories will regain their ascendency. There are some who might argue that Labour has been too soft on Germany. ;)

Saturday, April 24th 2021, 1:03am

Author: BruceDuncan

Delivery Status Report, 31 March 1950

Domestic Ground Ordnance Production M43 Service Rifle -:- 30,000 M47 GP Machinegun -:- 1,800 M50 Submachinegun -:- 1,600 M47 Recoilless Gun -:- 600 M32 Hand Grenade -:- 120,000 Small Arms Ammunition -:- 15,000,000 Artillery Ammunition -:- 195,000 Domestic Vehicle Production for Royal Yugoslav Army Zastava M41 1.5-ton Truck -:- 150 Novi Sad M44 3-ton Truck -:- 150 Novi Sad M46 Artillery Tractor -:- 200 M47 Half Track Infantry Carrier -:- 150 M48 Medium Tank -:- 100 M50 Tank Destroyer -:- 17 Aircr...

Saturday, April 24th 2021, 1:01am

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events, January 1950

Novosti News Service, Monday, 2 January 1950 His Majesty King Petar visited the Cepotina Military Cantonment today to inspect the prototype of a new self-propelled howitzer under development for the Royal Yugoslav Army. Based upon the Romanian Obuzier autopropulsat Oa48 the vehicle has been modified to bear the standard 87mm gun howitzer. If trials are successful the vehicle will enter production sometime later this year. Cepotina Military Cantonment, Monday, 2 January 1950 The four operatives o...

Saturday, April 24th 2021, 12:58am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, January 1950

Kieler Nachrichten, Sunday, 1 January 1950 The keels were laid today in the naval dockyard here for the Kriegmarine’s latest warships – the fleet escort cruisers Von der Tann and Friedrich Carl. They represent a new generation of fast, extremely capable surface escorts for the fleet’s aircraft carrier striking forces. They are due to be launched in late summer. Münchener Post, Monday, 2 January 1950 Entrepreneurs Marianne and Franz Götz, of Rodental, have established a factory for the manufactur...

Sunday, April 18th 2021, 11:51pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Maayon class Harbor Tug

Maayon, Philippine Harbor Tug, laid down 1950 Displacement: 433 t light; 444 t standard; 488 t normal; 524 t full load Dimensions: Length overall / water x beam x draught 179.36 ft / 173.88 ft x 30.02 ft x 6.23 ft (normal load) [54.67 m / 53.00 m x 9.15 m x 1.90 m] Armament: 4 - 0.50" / 12.7 mm guns (2x2 guns), 0.06lbs / 0.03kg shells, 1950 Model Anti-aircraft guns in deck mounts on side, evenly spread Weight of broadside 0 lbs / 0 kg Shells per gun, main battery: 3,000 Machinery: Diesel Interna...

Sunday, April 18th 2021, 11:45pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Kahupayan class Hospital Tender

Kahupayan, Philippine Hospital Tender laid down 1950 Displacement: 750 t light; 768 t standard; 886 t normal; 980 t full load Dimensions: Length overall / water x beam x draught 234.05 ft / 229.66 ft x 31.17 ft x 7.22 ft (normal load) [71.34 m / 70.00 m x 9.50 m x 2.20 m] Machinery: Diesel Internal combustion generators, Electric motors, 1 shaft, 1,487 shp / 1,109 Kw = 15.00 kts Range 11,500nm at 10.00 kts Bunker at max displacement = 213 tons Complement: 80 - 105 Cost: £0.244 million / $0.977 m...

Sunday, April 18th 2021, 11:44pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Diskobre class Survey Ship

Diskobre, Philippine Survey Ship laid down 1950 Displacement: 785 t light; 807 t standard; 897 t normal; 969 t full load Dimensions: Length overall / water x beam x draught 188.78 ft / 180.45 ft x 35.43 ft x 11.48 ft (normal load) [57.54 m / 55.00 m x 10.80 m x 3.50 m] Armament: 2 - 2.24" / 57.0 mm guns (1x2 guns), 5.65lbs / 2.56kg shells, 1950 Model Anti-aircraft guns in deck mount on centerline forward 4 - 0.50" / 12.7 mm guns (2x2 guns), 0.06lbs / 0.03kg shells, 1950 Model Machine guns in dec...

Sunday, April 18th 2021, 11:42pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Lankiam class Seaplane Tender

Lankiam, Philippine Seaplane Tender laid down 1950 Displacement: 1,095 t light; 1,148 t standard; 1,589 t normal; 1,942 t full load Dimensions: Length overall / water x beam x draught 305.75 ft / 295.28 ft x 38.55 ft x 10.50 ft (normal load) [93.19 m / 90.00 m x 11.75 m x 3.20 m] Armament: 2 - 4.53" / 115 mm guns in single mounts, 46.40lbs / 21.05kg shells, 1950 Model Dual purpose guns in deck mounts on centreline ends, evenly spread, 1 raised mount 2 - 2.24" / 57.0 mm guns (1x2 guns), 5.65lbs /...

Sunday, April 18th 2021, 2:46pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Blankenhagen class Harbour Tug

Blankenhagen, German Harbor Tug laid down 1950 Displacement: 436 t light; 446 t standard; 491 t normal; 527 t full load Dimensions: Length overall / water x beam x draught 180.34 ft / 174.87 ft x 30.02 ft x 6.23 ft (normal load) [54.97 m / 53.30 m x 9.15 m x 1.90 m] Armament: 2 - 0.79" / 20.0 mm guns in single mounts, 0.24lbs / 0.11kg shells, 1950 Model Anti-aircraft guns in deck mounts on side, evenly spread Weight of broadside 0 lbs / 0 kg Shells per gun, main battery: 500 Machinery: Diesel In...

Sunday, April 18th 2021, 2:42pm

Author: BruceDuncan

August von Thomsen class Naval Store Carrier

August von Thomsen, German Naval Store Carrier laid down 1943 Displacement: 1,667 t light; 1,755 t standard; 3,999 t normal; 5,795 t full load Dimensions: Length overall / water x beam x draught 297.12 ft / 279.69 ft x 44.39 ft x 15.88 ft (normal load) [90.56 m / 85.25 m x 13.53 m x 4.84 m] Armament: 1 - 4.13" / 105 mm guns in single mounts, 35.32lbs / 16.02kg shells, 1943 Model Anti-aircraft Gun in deck mount on centerline aft 4 - 1.46" / 37.0 mm guns (2x2 guns), 1.55lbs / 0.70kg shells, 1943 M...

Sunday, April 18th 2021, 2:36pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Aichwaldsee class Minesweeper

Aichwaldsee, German Minesweeper laid down 1950 Displacement: 463 t light; 477 t standard; 535 t normal; 582 t full load Dimensions: Length overall / water x beam x draught 184.40 ft / 180.45 ft x 30.51 ft x 8.20 ft (normal load) [56.21 m / 55.00 m x 9.30 m x 2.50 m] Armament: 1 - 4.13" / 105 mm guns in single mounts, 35.32lbs / 16.02kg shells, 1950 Model Anti-aircraft gun in deck mount on centerline forward 2 - 1.46" / 37.0 mm guns (1x2 guns), 1.55lbs / 0.70kg shells, 1950 Model Anti-aircraft gu...