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Today, 9:31pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, January 1950

The Freeman (Cebu), Monday, 6 February 1950 In the wake of the loss of PAL Flight 082 the Senate has taken up for debate a proposal to establish a central investigative organization within the Civil Aviation Authority.

Today, 1:14am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, January 1950

Kurier Warszawski, Saturday, 4 February 1950 Fabryka Samochodów Ciężarowych of Lublin has entered into a joint venture agreement with the German lorry manufacturer Steyr-Daimler-Puch to manufacture and market a light commercial van to be known as the “Żuk”. The present FSC factory at Lublin is to be expanded and re-equipped and within a year it is expected that new vehicles will be produced at a rate of fifteen units per day. Elbinger Volksstimme, Sunday, 5 February 1950 The infantry landing shi...

Saturday, July 24th 2021, 7:37pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, February 1950

The Manila Herald. Thursday, 2 February 1950 The light cruiser Batangas has completed her operational training and working up, and is scheduled to make a good will cruise to Pacifica, calling at Guam and Saipan before taking up her duties with the Northern Fleet.

Friday, July 23rd 2021, 10:45pm

Author: BruceDuncan

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1950

Hood scripset, Quoted *****Telex DSG/KG/3404/G/488***** Date: 17-02-50 Time: 13:15GMT From: Staates-General Office, Kamina, Kongo To: Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Hague Just to confirm, this message is dated February 17, 1950?

Thursday, July 22nd 2021, 9:10pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, January 1950

The Peruvian Times (Lima), 10 February 1950 The naval shipyards at Mollendo-Matarani are due to complete the small harbor tugs Selendon and Medina today, which will leave the yard with an empty order book. This has only increased the concern of the trade unions that the lack of work will lead to redundancies among the yard’s work force. Calls have been made for new naval contracts to be raised in order keep the yard open, including representations by members of Congress. Thus far the Government ...

Thursday, July 22nd 2021, 12:49pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, February 1950

Berlin, The Admiralstab, Wednesday, 1 February 1950 Bramesfeld did his best to defend his recommendations in the face of Vize-admiral Becker’s questioning; the latter was pressing for an unprecedented increase in the Kriegsmarine’s amphibious shipping. “We need more landing craft if Seelöwe is to have any chance of success!” “Herr Admiral, Seelöwe is only a contingency plan – our building programme cannot be unbalanced in favour of one threat without limiting our options. Any revisions for the s...

Sunday, July 18th 2021, 1:07pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Dornier Do417 Light Bomber Aircraft

General characteristics Crew: 3 Length: 17.65 metres Wingspan: 21.45 metres Height: 6.7 metres Wing area: 60 square metres Empty weight: 12,890 kilograms Gross weight: 18,400 kilograms Maximum takeoff weight: 21,200 kilograms Powerplant: Two centrifugal-flow turbojet engines, each 26.5 kN thrust Performance Maximum speed: 902 kph at 4,500 metres Cruise speed: 770 kph 10,000 metres Range: 2,180 kilometres Service ceiling: 12,300 metres Rate of climb: 15 metres/second Armament Guns: Four 20mm MG1...

Saturday, July 17th 2021, 4:54pm

Author: BruceDuncan

A Spectre Resurgent

Lugano, Switzerland, Sunday, 29 January 1950 Blofeld read the new of the arrest of officials of the Lubiana branch of the Banca Nazionale del Lavoro without consternation. It was a possibility he had made provision for, and had severed all links between the Compagnia commerciale internazionale Spettro and the other parts of his business empire. He expected that having found some minor scapegoats that the Italians would soon cease their efforts to track down the source of the counterfeit currency...

Saturday, July 17th 2021, 1:10am

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events, February 1950

Belgrade, Report of the Hungarian Military Attaché, Friday, 3 February 1950 The Special Vehicles Works of First Yugoslav Heavy Engineering has begun delivery of its first examples of the M50 tank destroyer, of which several hundred are expected to be delivered to the Yugoslav Army. It joins the Jasenica Works in producing this vehicle, which is based upon the chassis of the M48 medium tank, more than three hundred examples of which have been delivered to date. Procurement of other ground ordnanc...

Thursday, July 15th 2021, 1:38am

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, January 1950

The Manila Times, Monday, 30 January 1950 The Philippine Constabulary has ended its search for PAL Flight 082. Despite an intensive search, no wreckage has yet been discovered, and it is theorized that the DC-3 ditched or crashed at sea. Rumors suggesting foul play, either by agents of Chinese intelligence or by operative of the Abu Sabaya separatist group, have been discounted by the authorities.

Wednesday, July 14th 2021, 7:48pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, February 1950

El Popular (Lima). 5 February 1950 The civilian support ships Caloyeras and Noguera were completed yesterday at the Mollendo-Matarani yard of the Servicios Industriales de la Marina. Designed to render swift assistance to coastal communities struck by disaster these vessels are expected to enter service later this spring upon completion of their builders’ trials and operational training.

Tuesday, July 13th 2021, 1:35am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, January 1950

Training Frigate Roon, Wilhelmshaven, Monday, 30 January 1950 Provisioned and equipped for her voyage, the cadet contingent settled aboard, the Roon made her way slowly to sea. Mohr set their course to the west-southwest, headed toward the mouth of the Channel. He anticipated that the Roon would soon pick up an ‘escort’ from with the Dutch Koninklijke Luchtmacht or the Royal Air Force; for the moment a pair of Marineflieger Dorniers kept watch. Not that any problems were anticipated, but one nev...

Sunday, July 11th 2021, 12:10am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, January 1950

Babenberger-Kaserne, Wöllersdorf, Saturday, 28 January 1950 Generalleutnant Rudolf Freiherr von Gersdorff received the order to stand down the Eingreifdivision from alert status with a deep sense of relief. He had little enthusiasm for committing his troops to pull Dutch irons out of the fire, though he had no doubt that they could deal handily with the indigenous troops that staged the anti-government coup. He picked up the telephone and put a call through to his assistant division commander. “...

Wednesday, July 7th 2021, 3:37am

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events, January 1950

Novosti News Service, Durrës, Saturday, 28 January 1950 Their Royal Majesties Petar and Xenia formally open the Durrës Archaeological Museum yesterday, confirming the city of Durrës as the host of several of the nation’s most important cultural institutions. Located not far from the city’s oceanographic research institute the museum contains numerous artefacts found at the nearby ancient site of Dyrrhachium, including material from the ancient Greek, Hellenistic and Roman periods. Items of major...

Tuesday, July 6th 2021, 11:33pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, January 1950

The Freeman (Cebu), Wednesday, 25 January 1950 Authorities in Manila have confirmed that Philippine Airlines Flight 082 has disappeared enroute to Manila. The aircraft, a DC-3 registered PI-C22, was on a scheduled cargo flight from Iloilo-Mandurriao Airport to Nielsen Field with a crew of three and one passenger. The Air Force and Navy are cooperating with the Philippine Constabulary in the search but no wreckage yet been found.

Monday, July 5th 2021, 1:40am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, January 1950

Berlin, The Wilhelmstraße, Wednesday, 25 January 1950 Dehler recalled the Chancellor’s witticism from the previous day’s cabinet meeting as he read the cable from St. Petersburg. “If we have the ‘dominance’ over the Russian Government that Mister Churchill credits us with, perhaps someone can explain why our investment proposals are continually rebuffed?” Graf von der Schulenburg had cabled that morning his assessment of Russian reactions to Churchill’s baseless harangue. “Officially the Russian...

Saturday, July 3rd 2021, 1:19pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events, January 1950

Novosti News Service, Cepotina Cantonment, Tuesday, 24 January 1950 The Army is presently testing a prototype support vehicle for the mechanised infantry. It marries the chassis of the M47 Armoured Infantry Carrier with reworked M28 field guns to provide direct fire support during the advance to contact. The conversion was carried out by army workshops here, and if successful in testing, a programme to convert a number of vehicles is expected to be put in hand.

Friday, July 2nd 2021, 4:57pm

Author: BruceDuncan

British Empire News 1950

Mister Churchill is rather out of touch with reality! I seriously doubt that either the French or Russian Governments would consider themselves under German domination.

Thursday, July 1st 2021, 8:27pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, January 1950

Berlin, The Cabinet Meeting Room, Sunday, 22 January 1950 The crisis in Kongo continued to occupy the minds of the German ministers as they sought a basis on which to build a policy. The Chancellor had just asked Dehler, the Foreign Minister, for his current assessment of the situation. “The Dutch had finally replied to our offer of assistance – which they politely declined. Paris has made air airlift assets and overflight rights available to the Dutch military but there is, at present, no indic...

Wednesday, June 30th 2021, 9:17pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Noticias Argentina 1950

Very interesting. Thanks for sharing.