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Thursday, September 16th 2021, 11:20pm

Author: BruceDuncan

British Empire News 1950

The German Air Ministry expresses its condolences on the loss of Squadron Leader Stuart Muller-Rowland in pursuit of the frontiers of aviation.

Wednesday, September 15th 2021, 2:25pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1950

Quoted from "Hood" Yeah me and Brock kinda dropped the ball on keeping the Brazilian reports going, we certainly had more river craft planned. It is somewhat difficult to generate stories and news for a country when all its neighbors are effectively NPC.

Tuesday, September 14th 2021, 7:52pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1950

Iquitos, Loreto, 10 March 1950 Consul Joaquim Nabuco returned to his office at the consulate from his morning rounds about the city. There was much to record in his day book – eventually some of his notes would make their way into his formal reports to the Ministry. The most prominent item was the debut of Iquitos’s own daily newspaper, El Diario Correo, which had premiered that morning. Nabuco had managed to secure a copy before the initial print run had sold out. It contained nothing earth-sha...

Tuesday, September 14th 2021, 2:26am

Author: BruceDuncan

A Spectre Resurgent

Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, 2 March 1950 Osman Ghaleb Bey deftly manipulated the beads of the abacus before him, calculating the profits that accrued to his efforts with the Egyptian Commercial and Trading Company. Blofeld Effendi’s predictions had proven correct – providing arms to Africa in troubled times meant profits galore. In Ethiopia the anti-Italian ‘patriot’ faction was a steady customer, in Ubangi the anti-Dutch rebels would take what might be offered them, not asking too many questions an...

Monday, September 13th 2021, 9:55pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events, March 1950

Novosti News Service, Wednesday, 1 March 1950 The recently commissioned minesweepers Paučko and Humci departed today for Toulon, where they will rendezvous with the recently completed submarine Hrabri, which is undergoing her builders’ trials. The Hrabri will be escorted to her new home port of Durrës to begin her formal operational training.

Monday, September 13th 2021, 12:49am

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, March 1950

The Malacañan Palace, Office of the Minister of Defense, Wednesday, 1 March 1950 Colonel Florentino Ballecer, though having served more than a year on the Air Staff, was not used to being called before the Minister of Defense, and was troubled as to what the summons might mean. Beside him was Kayvin Santos, one of the minister’s trusted assistance, but even he was unaware of the reason behind the minister’s call. They arrived at the door of De la Vegas’ office from opposite corridors and suffere...

Sunday, September 12th 2021, 8:36pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, March 1950

Kieler Nachrichten, Wednesday, 1 March 1950 Conversion work on the engineer landing ships Kachelotplate and Brauerplate was completed here today and the ships will be undergoing their post-conversion trials over the next few days, after which they will join the Lehrdivision for their operational training. Berliner Morgenpost, Thursday, 2 March 1950 A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence confirmed today that orders have been placed for an additional twenty examples of the French-built Breguet No...

Saturday, September 11th 2021, 1:03pm

Author: BruceDuncan

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1950

Indeed. Something that someone had overlooked in their coup planning. A very interesting development.

Tuesday, September 7th 2021, 9:18pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, March 1950

El Popular (Lima), 1 March 1950 Bowing to pressures from members of Congress to provide continuing work for the Mollendo-Matarani naval shipyards the Ministry of Defense has announced that it will raise contracts for one major warship and two tugs to be constructed in that yard in the next months. Exact details have not yet been released but the work should be sufficient to keep the yard open and its workforce profitably engaged. The Peruvian Times (Lima), 5 March 1950 Our European correspondent...

Tuesday, September 7th 2021, 12:01am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1950

Nachrichten für Außenhandel, Monday, 27 February 1950 The now-venerable Auto Union Type 60 – The Volkswagen – continues in production at the firms Wolfsburg factory. Popular across Europe the basic VW sedan has conquered markets in the Levant, North America, and with Argentine partners, much of South America. As seen here the production line churns our new vehicles daily, which are whisked by railway to the ports for shipment abroad. Sächsische Zeitung, Tuesday, 28 February 1950 The Junkers work...

Monday, September 6th 2021, 2:20am

Author: BruceDuncan

Junkers Ju322 Heavy Bomber Aircraft

Technical Data Engines: Six Junkers 012 turbojet engines each rated at 3,000 kg (29.4 kN) thrust Wingspan: 32.4 metres Length: 30.8 metres Height: 8.4 metres Wing area: 161 square metres Empty weight: 31,300 kg Maximum permissible load: 65,000 kg Maximum speed: 840 kph Cruising speed: 475 kph Rate of climb: 15.5 metres/second Service ceiling: 12,500 metres Range with maximum fuel load: 6,500 kilometres Range with maximum war load: 4,000 kilometres Defensive armament: two 20mm cannon in dorsal, ...

Monday, September 6th 2021, 1:13am

Author: BruceDuncan

Ikarus H-1 Light Observation Helicopter

Preliminary information pertaining to the latest project of the Ikarus Aircraft Factory. General characteristics Crew: 1 Capacity: 2 passengers Empty weight: 660 kg Max takeoff weight: 1,000 kg Powerplant: One Franklin-Racovica O-335 air-cooled six-cylinder horizontally-opposed piston engine, 180 hp Main rotor diameter: 10.00 m Main rotor area: 78.5 m2 Performance Maximum speed: 115 km/h (71 mph, 62 kn) Range: 300 km (190 mi, 160 nmi) with maximum fuel Service ceiling: 3,300 m (10,800 ft) Rate o...

Saturday, September 4th 2021, 8:09pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1950

Autozeitung, Saturday, 25 February 1950 In an interview with Minister of Transport Hermann-Wildermuth earlier this week the minister indicated his confidence that the entirety of the planned National Motorways System will be complete by the autumn of this year. He stated that work will be concentrated on the remaining incomplete sections rather than on improving already existing sections. More than ninety percent of the projected network has been constructed and open to traffic, including links ...

Saturday, September 4th 2021, 12:06am

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, 1950

The Philippine Gazette, Monday, 27 February 1950 The Honorable Abraham Tolentino has been named Chargé d'affaires and temporary chief of mission of the Philippine embassy in Beijing. Ambassador Enrique K. Razon was recalled from Beijing some days ago for consultations and has now been hospitalized for an undisclosed ailment.

Friday, September 3rd 2021, 4:49pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1950

Quoted from "Hood" Hmmm, enter the Leopard I wonder? Could bee.... but nothing in production before 1951. ;)

Friday, September 3rd 2021, 12:35am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1950

Light cruiser Bremen, the North Sea, north of Dogger Bank, Wednesday, 22 February 1950 Konteradmiral Gerhard Wagner had been surprised to receive orders from the Admiralstab to take his cruiser-destroyer group from its base at Helgoland and exercise in the North Sea; at short notice too. He was happy to get his crews to sea, even in winter weather, but he could not help but feel as if it was just showing the English a Lange Nase. He looked up and noticed the circling Sunderland of RAF Coastal Co...

Thursday, September 2nd 2021, 7:38pm

Author: BruceDuncan

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1950

This plot is taking a very interesting twist.

Wednesday, September 1st 2021, 7:16pm

Author: BruceDuncan

British Empire News 1950

Major Schellenburg can't wait for his invitation. :D

Tuesday, August 31st 2021, 8:35pm

Author: BruceDuncan

A Spectre Resurgent

KLM Flight 014, Zurich to Schiphol, somewhere above the Rhineland, Saturday, 25 February 1950 After several days of meetings with Herr Blofeld and his associates Thomas Hagen felt very satisfied with the results. Blofeld’s offer of an alliance would serve the Corleone family’s interests at a crucial juncture and permit a resolution of the gathering storm among New York’s Five Families. In return for making five million dollars available to Don Corleone Blofeld would be permitted to operate in th...

Monday, August 30th 2021, 2:26am

Author: BruceDuncan

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1950

Quoted from "Brockpaine" True; I guess I'm still stuck thinking on the scale of the French and Russians, where I have 15,000 or more men available on any given Tuesday... You are quite correct - France, Russia, or Germany for that matter, have far greater resources than the Netherlands - even the enlarged UKN. The desire to avoid undue civilian casualties is laudable; the preference to not blow up valuable infrastructure understandable. But balancing those objectives against excessive combat lo...